Some are having a hard time familiarizing themselves with the 50 states of the United States of America. But don’t worry! Here are some fun facts of 50 states in alphabetical order, a great way to practice or review for your upcoming quizzes or tests.
The state’s capital city, Montgomery, was the first capital of the Confederate States of America. Montgomery is also known for being a major railway junction, home to Maxwell Air Force Base and the birthplace of Talladega Superspeedway. In Alabama, you can visit some historic civil rights landmarks as well as some of the nation’s best museums and art galleries.
Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.
Alabama ranks 30th in total land area and ranks second in the size of its inland waterways. The state ranks 23rd in population with almost 4.6 million residents, of which 5.8% are 65 years or older, and that’s roughly 1,000 more people than the previous year. It has an average household income of $47,500 per family.
The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word Alyeska, meaning great land. The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. This purchase holds the record as being the largest land purchase in history!
Since 1986, Route 66 has been officially retired from the United States highway system. However, many people still consider it to be a major U.S. Highway. It begins in Chicago and travels 2,448 miles westward passing through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
The first dog racing track in America opened in Hot Springs, Arkansas on May 22, 1905. It still operates today as “Oaklawn Park.” Visitors can also try their hand at game fishing or enjoy the natural hot waters.
In 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento. The California Gold Rush followed as people from all around flocked to the area to strike its rich mining gold. Although the boom only lasted a few years, today, California is still called ‘The Golden State’. In 1967, Los Angeles became home to the Summer Olympics.
Denver is the largest city in Colorado with over 600,000 people living there. It is also home to the state’s most recent major sports team, the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.
In 1662, a printing press was established in Hartford making it one of America’s oldest cities. The same year, a book as well-known as the ‘Blue Laws’ was first published. These were laws that had been passed by the colonists and banned blasphemy, drunkenness, lewd behavior, and other acts on Sundays.
In 1792, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. It also has the distinction of being the first state to fly its country’s flag. Although it was to be by a high school student, Betsy Ross is credited with making the first American Flag in 1776.
The city of Orlando in Florida has the world’s busiest airport. It is also home to Disney World and Universal Studios, where thrill-seeking visitors can enjoy some of the best theme park rides anywhere in the world.
Georgia – In 1832, a small town in Georgia became the first city in America to install gas street lamps. The name of the town was Moon-Light, and it is still going by that same name today!
The official state dance of Hawaii is the hula, which originates from the Polynesian Islands. It’s usually performed to rhythmic chanting or music and tells stories of legends and battles.
Did you know that potatoes originated in Idaho? Potatoes were first grown by the Incas and were often sacred. Napoleon Bonaparte wanted to keep this plant for himself, so he made a deal with a scientist – if they could figure out how to turn the potato into a white potato that wouldn’t grow eyes and spots – they would be allowed to share it with the rest of the world. It took over 50 years to accomplish this, but they did it!
The first skyscraper in the world was the Home Insurance Building in 1885. Now known as the Aon Center, it still stands today at 1 South Wacker Drive in Chicago.
The Indy 500 has been run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year since 1911. It was first started as a 500-mile endurance race, but now it is a 200-mile sprint for 500 miles.
Rock Island is a significant city in Iowa as its located on the Mississippi River. It helps control grain exports from the state’s 80 million bushels of storage. It is home to a large railhead and two locks and dams.
The largest cattle ranch in the United States, the King Ranch, is located in Texas. However, the second-largest cow-calf operation is right here at the Forbes Ranches in Kansas!
The first distillery in the United States was started in Kentucky by a man named Jacob Spears. It sits near the Ohio River and is still producing whiskey today!
New Orleans is known as ‘The Big Easy,’ because it’s so laid back and relaxed there. Their motto, “Let the good times roll” is well known to many Americans.
The famous author, Stephen King, calls Maine his home state. He has written over 50 best-selling novels like Carrie and Pet Sematary and more that have been into movies or TV shows!
The state song of Maryland is titled ‘Maryland, My Maryland’ and was written by James Ryder Randall in 1861. It’s also known as ‘O Christmas Tree’ because it starts like the Christmas song, but quickly turns into a pro-Confederacy tune about how terrible Northern states were to them during the Civil War!
The only state where the red rose is the state flower. Also, a blue ribbon with a gold emblem in the center is both the Secretary of State’s flag and the Massachusetts License plate logo.
The largest and most valuable comic book collection is at the Detroit Public Library! It has almost every issue of Action Comics, which features Superman as its main character.
Duluth is one of the biggest ports for shipping iron ore and taconite in America, it’s also home to the largest inland port, which is where taconite pellets are brought after being mined.
Want to be a firefighter? If you live in Mississippi and want to work as a paid firefighter – you have to pass a background check and take part in an interview process with their Civil Service Board!
Missouri St. Louis was the first city to ever have an EKG machine installed in its hospital. It was used for medical purposes, but was later found to help diagnose heart conditions as well!
You’ll find the Going-to-the-Sun Road near Glacier National Park in Montana. It’s 52 miles long and has wonderful scenery thanks to its location between two high mountain peaks.
Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska. It’s also home to Offutt Air Force Base, which was used as part of the United States’ early warning system during World War II!
Las Vegas is known as Sin City because it’s so much fun there! There are tons of casinos and shows, but the most famous one is the Bellagio Hotel and Casino – where they have water shows set to music right in front of the building every half hour!
29. New Hampshire
The 1st professional baseball team was by Harry Wright in 1874. His team, the Boston Red Stockings became the first World Series Champions!
30. New Jersey
Atlantic City is well-known as both The Entertainment Capital of the East Coast and the Playground of America because of all the great things like casinos and boardwalks for everyone to enjoy.
31. New Mexico
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to the largest cave in the United States and different types of bats! It’s fun to visit during their Bat flight program where these creatures fly out at dusk every evening!
32. New York
Central Park in New York City is 843 acres of fun! It’s a great place to go for a walk or bike ride and has many playgrounds and gardens for kids to enjoy.
33. North Carolina
Because of its mild climate, North Carolina grows more sweet potatoes than any other state in America! Even though they are grown there, the sweet potato is native to South America.
34. North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park was named after President Roosevelt because of how much he loved the outdoors! He spent many summers there exploring the natural beauty of the area.
The famous composer, Scott Joplin, lived in Ohio for a few years with his family. This is where he wrote the opera, Treemonisha, which helped keep his style of music alive.
In Oklahoma, it’s illegal to make a fish drink! If you catch a fish in a body of water and don’t have another container to put it in, you will be breaking the law if you let him soak in a bucket of water.
The Crater Lake National Park is the deepest lake in America, and one of the purest! It has been called both The Majesty and Mirror of Heaven, which might make you think it’s somewhere special to visit on your vacation.
The first zoo in America was opened by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today the zoo is home to many different types of animals that you can visit for free if you are checking out the city!
39. Rhode Island
Blackstone Valley Historical Park is home to the first successful textile mill in America, which opened in 1811. It was by Samuel Slater, an Englishman who memorized the plans for a machine called a spinning jenny he had studied back home.
40. South Carolina
The first shots of the Civil War were at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. It was surrendered to the Confederate Army after a 34-hour battle. But, because of this significant event, Union soldiers occupied it during most of the Civil War.
41. South Dakota
Many people believe that the first T. rex fossil was found in South Dakota! It’s called “Sue,” and it’s one of the most complete skeletons of its kind ever discovered.
Memphis is known as the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll because Elvis Presley made his first recording there in July of 1954. That song was “That’s All Right”, and even though he changed his genre later in life, Elvis will always be considered the “King of Rock ‘n Roll”.
The state capital, Austin, was named after a secretary of the treasury, James Pinckney Henderson. His nickname was “Father of Texas” because he helped get it admitted into America as its independent country!
In 1950, the five-mile-long Flaming Gorge Dam was built in Utah to help control the flow of water into parts of Wyoming and Colorado. When it’s full, this massive structure holds back 2 trillion gallons of water!
The first city to join the United States was Vermont! It wasn’t until 1791 that it joined before any of the others. And it now has a population of about 620,000 people.
Now home to an amusement park, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg used to be where they grew most of America’s hops for beer! It was because it had such a great climate for growing them.
The state bird and flower of Washington are the same, the rhododendron. It’s a beautiful purple-flowering plant that grows all over the region, and even though it blooms in May and June, it has become a symbol of the Northwest ever since its growth was discovered.
48. West Virginia
West Virginia is the only state in America that has yet to ratify the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. It was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified by Tennessee on August 18, 1920 (40th st), but it still hasn’t been added to the Constitution in West Virginia.
The dairy state has a lot of cheese! It’s America’s third-largest producer, making over 1 billion pounds each year (and it accounts for 25% of total US butter production).
Almost 80% of this state is owned and maintained by the government as public land, which means you can camp and explore it if you like (just make sure to get permits first)!
These 50 states and the helpful facts will help you remember which of the 50 states in which on quizzes and tests. The knowledge gained can also be essential during trivia games. Many of these facts are great conversation starters as well!