Quick Facts and Information About North Carolina

North Carolina is a state in the southeastern United States, and it is bordered by Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and the Atlantic Ocean. This page lists some basic, quick facts about North Carolina and provides links to other useful information.


Map excerpt showing North Carolina in red. Map of the United States with North Carolina highlighted, by TUBS, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons.Quick Facts

Date North Carolina became a state: November 21, 1789 (12th state)

State Capital: Raleigh (Wake County)

Governor: Roy Cooper

State Motto: Esse Quam Videri: To be rather than to seem

State Song: The Old North State

State Colors: Red and Blue

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Dogwood

State Name Origin and Nicknames: Carolina, the Tar Heel State, the Old North State

Economy, Gross Domestic Product: $575,605,000,000 (2018, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Population Estimate: 10,383,620 people (U.S. Census Bureau, 2018)  (visit the U.S. Census Quick Facts for more information)

Population Rank: 9th largest state in the United States

Largest City (Population): Charlotte -- 830,258 (North Carolina Office of Budget and Management, 2016)

Total Land Area: 48,617.91 square miles

Land Area Rank: 28th largest state in the United States by land area

Number of Counties: 100

Highest Point in North Carolina: Mount Mitchell (6,683 feet)

Distance Between Murphy and Manteo: 546 miles (driving); 474.5 miles (direct, "as the crow flies")

Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives: 13

Seats in the N.C. General Assembly: 120 members in the House; 50 members in the Senate. Find your state legislators at https://www.ncleg.gov/RnR/Representation


Links to useful information

North Carolina State Constitution

North Carolina State Government Website

North Carolina County and Municipal Population Estimates (NC Office of Budget and Management)

Locate US Representatives for North Carolina (U.S. House of Representatives website)

Locate US Senators for North Carolina (U.S. Senate website)

North Carolina General Assembly website (NC State Legislature)

North Carolina Voter Information: North Carolina State Board of Elections

North Carolina State Symbols and other Official Adoptions (NCpedia article)

Crime Statistics (NC State Bureau of Investigation)

Public Education Information: Reports and Statistics (NC Public Schools)

U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts for North Carolina

North Carolina Economy at a Glance (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

North Carolina Agricultural Statistics (NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2018)

NC LINC (NC Office of Budget and Management: population, labor, education, transportation, agriculture, and other data for NC)


Updated July 2019

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TUBS. North Carolina in United States. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:North_Carolina_in_United_States.svg (accessed October 2, 2016).

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The "Quick Facts" about North Carolina still list Pat McCrory as the governor when it should be Roy Cooper.
Thank you

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Dear Kathryn,

Thank you for alerting us.  The article has been corrected.

Marie Jones, Government and Heritage Library

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Was the name Early a common name in that. Region

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Hi Boyd,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and sharing this question.  That's a very good question! 

I have forwarded your questions to reference services at the NC Government & Heritage Library. A reference librarian will contact you shortly to try to help with your questions if you're still looking for information.

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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If you are looking for information about districts for Representatives and Senators in the North Carolina General Assembly, there is some information on their website. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx.

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Great site! lots of good information, that helped me out with my projects. Keep it up!

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where can i find the nc state political system division ie. district, county, state, etc

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If you are looking for information about districts for Representatives and Senators in the North Carolina General Assembly, there is some information on their website. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx.

Information about the 2011 redistricting may also be found at http://www.ncleg.net/representation/redistricting.aspx.

If you need additional information, we are happy to help. Just let us know what questions you have. You may send an email directly to Reference Services at the NC Government & Heritage Library. Their contact information may be found at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/contact.html

Good luck in your research, and thank you for contacting us.

Michelle Czaikowski, Government & Heritage Library

 

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