North Carolina Property
North Carolina Facts & Figures
|State Population||9,535,483 (2010 Census)|
|State Area||52,669 sq. miles|
|State Capital||Raleigh (established 1792)|
|State Name Origin||From Latin "Carolus" in honor of King Charles I of
|State Nickname||Tar Heel State|
|State Motto||"Esse Quam Videri" ("To Be, Rather Than To Seem")|
|State Song||The Old North State by Judge William Gaston|
|State Shell||Scotch Bonnet|
|State Fish||Channel Bass|
|State Insect||Honey Bee|
|State Colors||Blue and Red|
|State Reptile||Box Turtle|
|State Mammal||Gray Squirrel|
|State Dog||Plott Hound|
Did You Know?
- North Carolina has 301 miles of coastline.
- There are 1,500 lakes of 10 acres or more in North Carolina.
- The highest peak in North Carolina is Mt. Mitchell at 6,684 feet.
- The oldest town in North Carolina is Bath which was incorporated in 1705.
- There are about 37,000 miles of freshwater streams in North Carolina.
- North Carolina has 17 major river basins.
- North Carolina is the leading manufacturer of tobacco, textiles and brick; and markets
the most furniture of any state in the United States.
- Located in the Appalachian Mountains of Ashe County, the New River is the oldest river
in the nation and the second oldest in the world.
- Jockey's Ridge at Nags Head is the tallest natural sand dune on the east coast which
stands at 138 feet in height.
- The tallest lighthouse in the United States is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse which stands
at 208 feet on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
- The Venus' Flytrap, which eats and digests insects and other small living things,
survives only in an approximate 100-mile area located near Wilmington.
*Sources: "North Carolina, Facts and Figures", compiled through the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Division and 2010 Census Figures from www.census.gov
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