North Carolina was the 12th of the 13 original colonies to join the United States of America. North Carolina officially became a state on November 21, 1789. The capital city is Raleigh, but the largest city is Charlotte. North Carolina is bordered by Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Here are some official state symbols to help you get to know North Carolina better.
- State Abbreviation: NC
- Official Flower: Dogwood
- Official Tree: pine
- Official Bird: cardinal
- Official Fish: Channel Bass
- Official Dog: Plott Hound
- Official Reptile: Eastern Box Turtle
- Official Insect: Honeybee
- Official Rock: Granite
- Official Colors: Red & Blue
- Official Nicknames: Old North State, Turpentine State, Tarheel State
- Residents Called: North Carolinians, Tar Heels
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Did you know that North Carolina is the 28th biggest state in the USA? The territory spans 53,821 square miles.