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US State Nicknames
Every US state has a nickname, but not all states have official nicknames (formally adopted as a "state symbol" by the state's legislature) Virginia has the oldest citation for any state nickname. Old Dominion has its first recorded sighting in 1778, but this derives from Ancient Dominion, the nickname for the state from the end of the 17th century.




US State Nicknames
Official Nicknames are shown in bold
State
Nickname(s)
Alabama
Heart of Dixie
Yellowhammer State
Cotton State
Camellia State
Cotton Plantation State
Lizard State
Alaska
The Last Frontier
Land of the Midnight Sun
Seward's Folly
Sourdough State
Arizona
Grand Canyon State
Copper State
Apache State
The Valentine State
Sunset State
Sand Hill State
Aztec State
Arkansas
The Natural State
The Land of Opportunity
The Wonder State
Hot Springs State
Bear State
The Razorback State
The Bowie State
The Toothpick State
California
The Golden State
El Dorado State
The Grape State
The Land of Milk and Honey
Colorado
The Centennial State
The Mountain State
Highest State
The Mile High State
Columbine State
Rocky Mountain State
Connecticut
Constitution State
The Nutmeg State
Provisions State
Blue Law State
The Freestone State
The Land of Steady Habits
Delaware
First State
Diamond State
Blue Hen State
Small Wonder
Florida
Sunshine State
Orange State
Everglade State
The Peninsula State
Flower State
Gulf State
Georgia
Peach State
The Cracker State
Goober State
The Pine State
Buzzard State
The Empire State of the South
Hawaii
Aloha State
Pineapple State
Rainbow State
Paradise of the Pacific
Idaho
Gem State
Spud State
Illinois
Prairie State
Land of Lincoln
The Corn State
Garden of the West
Indiana
Hoosier State
Crossroads of America
Hospitality State
Iowa
Hawkeye State
Kansas
Sunflower State
Wheat State
Jayhawk State
Kentucky
Bluegrass State
Tobacco State
Louisiana
Pelican State
Bayou State
Creole State
Sugar State
Child of the Mississippi
Sportsman's Paradise
Maine
Pine Tree State
Vacationland
Lumber State
Border State
Old Dirigo State
Maryland
Old Line State
Free State
Cockade State
Monumental State
Oyster State
Terrapin State
Massachusetts
Bay State
Old Colony State
The Spirit of America
Pilgrim State
Codfish State
Puritan State
Michigan
The Great Lakes State
Wolverine State
The Mitten State
Winter Water Wonderland
Auto State
Minnesota
North Star State
Land of 10,000 Lakes
Gopher State
Bread and Butter State
Mississippi
Magnolia State
Hospitality State
Missouri
Show Me State
Bullion State
Cave State
Montana
Treasure State
Big Sky Country
The Last Best Place
Bonanza State
Nebraska
Cornhusker State
Black Water State
Beef State
Nevada
Silver State
Battle Born State
Sagebrush State
New Hampshire
Granite State
White Mountain State
Mother of Rivers
New Jersey
Garden State
New Mexico
The Land of Enchantment
The Colorful State
Cactus State
New York
Empire State
Excelsior State
North Carolina
Tar Heel State
Old North State
Turpentine State
North Dakota
Peace Garden State
Rough Rider State
Sioux State
Flickertail State
Ohio
Buckeye State
Birthplace of Aviation
Mother of Modern Presidents
Oklahoma
Sooner State
Native America
Oregon
Beaver State
Pacific Wonderland
Webfoot State
Pennsylvania
Keystone State
Quaker State
Rhode Island
Ocean State
Little Rhody
Plantation State
Smallest State
South Carolina
Palmetto State
South Dakota
Mount Rushmore State
Coyote State
Land of Infinite Variety
Blizzard State
Artesian State
Land of Plenty
Tennessee
Volunteer State
Butternut State
The Big Bend State
Texas
Lone Star State
Utah
Beehive State
Friendly State
Mormon State
Vermont
Green Mountain State
Virginia
Old Dominion
Mother of Presidents
Mother of States
Washington
Evergreen State
Chinook State
West Virginia
Mountain State
Panhandle State
Wisconsin
Badger State
Cheese State
America's Dairyland
Dairy State
Wyoming
Equality State
Cowboy State
Forever West
Suffrage State
Park State
Like No Place on Earth


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