North Carolina Info
- Capital: Raleigh.
- State abbreviation/Postal code: NC.
- Nickname: North Carolina is commonly referred to as the Tar Heel state.
- Organized as territory: .
- Entered Union: North Carolina entered the union on 21 November, 1789, as the 12th state.
- Present constitution adopted:
- Motto: To be, rather than to seem.
- Land area:
The total area of North Carolina is 52,669 sq mi., of which land accounts for
48,843 sq mi. and inland water 3,826 sq mi.
North Carolina extends 503 mi. E-W;
the state's maximum N-S extension is 187 mi.
- Highest point: Mt. Mitchell, 6,684 feet.
- Lowest point: Atlantic coast, sea level.
- Geographic center: Chatham, 10 miles northwest of Sanford.
- Number of counties: 100.
- Largest county: By population: Mecklenburg, 919,628 (2010); By area:
Robeson, 949 sq mi.
- Bird: Cardinal.
- Flower: Dogwood.
- Tree: Pine.
- High Point.
Some Famous Natives of North Carolina:
- Clay Aiken, Musician.
- Braxton Bragg, General, Confederate Army.
- David Brinkley, Television journalist.
- John Coltrane, Musician.
- Howard Cosell, Sportscaster.
- Charlie Daniels, Musician.
- James Buchanan Duke, Industrialist.
Dale Earnhardt, Sr. NASCAR driver.
- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. NASCAR driver.
- Roberta Flack, Musician.
- Billy Graham, Minister.
- Andy Griffith, Actor.
- Andrew Jackson, U.S. President. First one elected from the common
- Andrew Johnson, VP to Lincoln, President after Lincoln. Impeached for
following the law, stymied by radicals.
- Michael Jordan, Basketball player.
- Sugar Ray Leonard, Boxer.
- Julianne Moore, Actress.
- Richard Petty, Racer, famous Dodge racecar advocate.
- Lee Petty, Racer.
- Soupy Sales, Comedian.
- James Taylor, Musician.
Some North Carolina Factoids
North Carolina Attractions
Creek National Military Parks, Carl Sandburg's home near Hendersonville, and
the Old Salem Restoration in Winston-Salem. Another popular attraction, Great
Smoky Mountains National Park, straddles the North Carolina-Tennessee border.
There are more than 1.2 million acres of national forest land located in North
Carolina, 1,500 lakes of ten acres or more, and 37,000 miles of freshwater
About 53% of visitors to the state travel
from the following states: Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, Maryland, and Ohio.
Tourists are also attracted by North Carolina's coastal beaches, by golf and
tennis opportunities (including the world-famous golf courses at Pinehurst), and
parks and scenery in the North Carolina mountains. Additional sites of special
interest are the Revolutionary War battlegrounds at Guilford Courthouse and
Moore's Creek Bridge; Bennett Place, near Hillsborough, where the last major
Confederate army surrendered; and Ft. Raleigh, the site of the Lost Colony's
misadventures. With more than 500 golf courses across the state, North Carolina
is often nicknamed the "Golf Capital of the World."
More About North Carolina
North Carolina's economy is experiencing a shift away from tobacco, furniture
and textiles to knowledge-based enterprises such as biotechnology,
pharmaceuticals, and life sciences. The state was ranked third best state for
business in 2010 by Forbes magazine. The major agricultural products are
tobacco, corn, cotton, hay, peanuts, and vegetable crops. The state is the
country's leading producer of mica and lithium.