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Did you know that the state of New Hampshire is situated in the north-eastern region of America? Did you know that there are ten counties in the U.S. state of New Hampshire? Did you know that New Hampshire is the 9th state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to find out more. Fast fun facts for kids with free pictures and photos, why not watch the entertaining free video and learn about each of the US States the easy way!

Fun Fact 1: The state was originally named North Virginia; the new name was given by explorer Captain John Mason who founded the region. Captain John Mason was raised in the County of Hampshire, England


Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue with the state seal placed centrally. The seal illustrates a frigate - The Raleigh, which was built in 1776 for the revolutionary war, the boat is on water, representing the harbor of Portsmouth. As the sun blazes on the horizon, the boat sits beside yellow granite representing industry. The image is surrounded by the words "Seal of the State Of New Hampshire 1776". Laurel wreaths appear either side of the lettering symbolizing honor and victory, the outer wreath contains nine yellow stars; it was the 9th state of the U.S. constitution

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of New Hampshire is Concord

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 24,217 sq km or 9,304 sq mi

Fun Fact 5: Three states and a country border New Hampshire they are; Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and North American country Canada

Fun Fact 6: The New Hampshire state nickname is "The Granite State", in acknowledgement to the significance of the historic quarrying industry

Fun Fact 7: The official state tree is the White Birch. The state tree grows throughout the state often reaching heights of 24 meters (80 feet). The tree is also called the Canoe Birch or Paper Birch, as native Americans used the tree for boat building and paper making

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is called "Old New Hampshire" the words were written by Dr. John F. Holmes and the music composed by Maurice Hoffmann; it was first adopted as the state song in 1949

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in New Hampshire are Manchester, Nashua and Concord

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Live Free Or Die" it was written on July 31, 1809 by General John Stark; the state’s illustrious hero of the Revolutionary War

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of New Hampshire - the region was explored by the English and the French between 1600-1605, it was settled by colonists from Massachusetts during the 1620s and 1630s and became a separate colony in 1741. New Hampshire became the 9th State to be admitted to the Union on June 21, 1788

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of New Hampshire are - N.H. The Postal Code abbreviation is - NH

Fun Fact 13: NH state symbols include; NH animal symbol - the White-tail Deer. NH state bird symbol - the Purple Finch. NH state flower symbol - the Purple Lilac. NH state insect emblem - the Ladybug. NH State tree - the White Birch

Fun Fact 14: The state bird, the purple finch was officially adopted on April 25, 1957. It was nominated by Representative Robert S. Monahan, who stood against opposition and alternative choice of bird the New Hampshire Hen

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of New Hampshire in 2012 was an estimated 1,320,718. This compares to a population of 411,588 in the 1900 census

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