North Carolina

Capital: Raleigh
State abbreviation/Postal code: N.C./NC
Governor: Beverly Perdue, D (to Jan. 2013)
Lieut. Governor: Walter Dalton, D (to Jan. 2013)
Senators: Richard Burr, R (to Jan. 2017); Kay Hagan, D (to Jan. 2015)
U.S. Representatives: 13
Entered Union (rank): Nov. 21, 1789 (12)
Present constitution adopted: 1971
Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)

State symbols:

Flower dogwood (1941)
Tree pine (1963)
Bird cardinal (1943)
Mammal gray squirrel (1969)
Insect honeybee (1973)
Reptile eastern box turtle (1979)
Gemstone emerald (1973)
Shell scotch bonnet (1965)
Historic boat shad boat (1987)
Beverage milk (1987)
Rock granite (1979)
Dog plott hound (1989)
Song “The Old North State” (1927)
Colors red and blue (1945)
Fruit: scuppernong grape (2001)

Nickname: Tar Heel State

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North Carolina

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