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Did you know that the state of North Carolina is situated in the South-eastern region of America? Did you know that there are 100 counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina? Did you know that North Carolina is the 12th state of the U.S. constitution? Our selection of interesting, cool fun facts and information about North Carolina will help you increase your knowledge about this interesting U.S. State. Read our facts sheet to find out more

Fun Fact 1: The name North Carolina originated from the Latin name "Carolus", which translates as "Charles". The state was originally named in honor of King Charles I followed by Charles II of England

Fun Fact 2: The state flag of North Carolina consists of three stripes of equal thickness in the national colours. Two stripes cross the field horizontally, red above white, the third stripe is positioned vertically positioned on the left side; the colour of the vertical stripe is blue. The blue strip contains a single white star with the letters N C (North Carolina) which are positioned either side of the star. Two yellow banners are situated above and below of the letters and star, the top one displays the date May 20th, 1775; the date the State declared independence from Great Britain (the Mecklenburg Declaration). The date in the lower banner is April 12th, 1776; which celebrates the adoption of the resolution (the Halifax Resolves), which paved the way to the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of North Carolina is Raleigh

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 139,390 square kilometers or  53,819 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are four states that border North Carolina they are; South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia

Fun Fact 6: The North Carolina state nickname is "The Tar Heel State". Early in the states history, Tar was a major industry and the single most important export

Fun Fact 7: The official State Song is called "The Old North State" written by William Gaston in 1835. The words were set to music composed by Mrs. E. E. Randolph in 1926; it was adopted as official State Song the following year in 1927

Fun Fact 8: The three largest cities in North Carolina are Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro

Fun Fact 9: Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina, situated in Mecklenburg County, the area is a key U.S. financial centre and the 17th largest city in the U.S. (based on population). People who live in the city of Charlotte are known as "Charlotteans"

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Esse quam videri" the State Motto is Latin and translated reads "To be, rather than to seem". The State Motto was adopted in 1893

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of North Carolina:  The first permanent settlements were established by English explorers in 1653. The region was the location for various uprisings including Culpepper's Rebellion in 1677, the Cary Rebellion in 1708 and the Tuscarora War 17111715. The region became a separate colony in 1711. North Carolina became the 12th State to be admitted to the constitution on November 21, 1789

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of North Carolina are - N.C. The Postal Code abbreviation is - NC

Fun Fact 13: NC state symbols include; NC animal symbol - the Grey Squirrel. NC state bird symbol - the Cardinal. NC state flower symbol - the Dogwood. NC State tree - the Longleaf Pine. NC state insect emblem - the Honeybee. NC State reptile - the Eastern Box Turtle

Fun Fact 14: The official State tree is the Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris). The Longleaf Pine can take 100 - 150 years to mature to full size; it can reach a height of 30-35 metres (98115 feet) and a diameter of 0.7 metre (28 in). During early Statehood the Longleaf Pine was important to the economy of the state. The Longleaf pine was officially designated as the State Tree in 1963

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of North Carolina in 2012 was an estimated 9,752,073. This compares to a population of 1,893,810 filed on census from the year 1900

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