Did you know that every state* in the United States of America has an official state nickname? No, it's not just because they needed something clever to put on their license plates (though that does make for a fun road trip game). It's because each state has its own history and backstory that it proudly wants to let the world know about. US state nicknames can be fun and many have interesting origins, dating back through American history, that you might not have known. So which state nicknames are the best? Let's vote!
But funny state nicknames are just the beginning - most states in America also have an official state mottos, state flowers, state trees, and even state songs! Who knew? Isn't learning fun!? Of the 50 US states, each has its unique nickname, earned for a variety of reasons, from major crops, physical features of the landscape, the history of the state's people, or even big ideas thought up by the state tourism board.
So which state do you think has the best nickname? Which one has the lamest? Do you prefer your states named after a species of bird, a body of water, or perhaps a beaver? Perhaps most importantly, what the heck is a "Show-Me" state?
Show us which USA state nicknames you think are the most fun with an upvote and downvote those you think are overdue for an update.*Okay, fine. Alabama doesn't technically have an official state nickname, but they do have several commonly used monikers that you might as well learn about while you're here.
- 9225 VOTESMost Minnesota state emblems contain the words "L'Etoile du Nord," which translates as "The North Star." This makes it the only state to have a motto in French. The state's unofficial nickname is The Land of 10,000 Lakes, though if you want to be exact, there are officially 11,842 lakes in the state.Great nickname?
- 10309 VOTESIn 1968, California adopted the nickname The Golden State, which refers to the infamous California Gold Rush, as well as the golden poppies and golden sunsets that are synonymous with California. Anther name up for consideration was The Grape State, but that just doesn't sounds as cool, does it?Great nickname?
- 11233 VOTESNamed for its reputation for producing the highest quality peaches in the country, Georgia is known as The Peach State. In 1995, the state made the peach the official state fruit as well. In 2012, blueberries became the most valuable crop in the state, but they have yet to amend the state nickname.Great nickname?
- 12178 VOTESPioneer Seattle realtor C.T. Conover nicknamed Washington The Evergreen State due to the abundance of evergreen and fir forests found throughout the state. Unlike deciduous trees, whose leaves turn brown and fall during the autumn months, he leaves of these trees stay green through the year... hence the term evergreen. Simplicity trumps all in Washington, apparently.Great nickname?