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US States: Nicknames

Most US states have an official nickname; many of them have a "slogan" that they use on their car licence (sorry, license) plates; and many of them also have other, unofficial nicknames, or historical ones.

This page lists all three types, in three separate sections.

Official nicknames

None Click to show or hide the answer
Last Frontier Click to show or hide the answer
Grand Canyon State Click to show or hide the answer
Natural State Click to show or hide the answer
Golden State Click to show or hide the answer
Centennial State Click to show or hide the answer
Constitution State Click to show or hide the answer
First State Click to show or hide the answer
Sunshine State Click to show or hide the answer
Peach State Click to show or hide the answer
Aloha State Click to show or hide the answer
Gem State Click to show or hide the answer
Prairie State Click to show or hide the answer
Hoosier State Click to show or hide the answer
Hawkeye State Click to show or hide the answer
Sunflower State Click to show or hide the answer
Bluegrass State Click to show or hide the answer
Pelican State Click to show or hide the answer
Pine Tree State Click to show or hide the answer
Old Line State Click to show or hide the answer
Bay State Click to show or hide the answer
Wolverine State Click to show or hide the answer
North Star State Click to show or hide the answer
Magnolia State Click to show or hide the answer
Show Me State Click to show or hide the answer
Treasure State Click to show or hide the answer
Cornhusker State Click to show or hide the answer
Silver State Click to show or hide the answer
Granite State Click to show or hide the answer
Garden State Click to show or hide the answer
Land of Enchantment Click to show or hide the answer
Empire State Click to show or hide the answer
Tar Heel State Click to show or hide the answer
Peace Garden State Click to show or hide the answer
Buckeye State Click to show or hide the answer
Sooner State Click to show or hide the answer
Beaver State Click to show or hide the answer
Keystone State Click to show or hide the answer
Ocean State Click to show or hide the answer
Palmetto State Click to show or hide the answer
Mount Rushmore State Click to show or hide the answer
Volunteer State Click to show or hide the answer
Lone Star State Click to show or hide the answer
Beehive State Click to show or hide the answer
Green Mountain State Click to show or hide the answer
The Old Dominion Click to show or hide the answer
Evergreen State Click to show or hide the answer
Mountain State Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
Equality State Click to show or hide the answer

License plates

Where a nickname is in brackets in the table below, it's also the official nickname. So, if setting questions: to avoid confusing the contestant(s), if you have to ask about these in the context of license plates, it may be as well to mention that they're also the official nicknames.

Heart of Dixie Click to show or hide the answer
(Last Frontier) Click to show or hide the answer
(Grand Canyon State) Click to show or hide the answer
(Natural State) Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
See Note 1 Click to show or hide the answer
(Constitution State) Click to show or hide the answer
(First State) Click to show or hide the answer
(Sunshine State) Click to show or hide the answer
See Note 2 Click to show or hide the answer
(Aloha State) Click to show or hide the answer
Little Ida Click to show or hide the answer
Land of Lincoln Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
See Note 3 Click to show or hide the answer
(Bluegrass State) Click to show or hide the answer
Sportsman's Paradise; see Note 4 Click to show or hide the answer
Vacationland Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
The Spirit of America Click to show or hide the answer
See Note 5 Click to show or hide the answer
(Land of) 10,000 Lakes Click to show or hide the answer
The Birthplace of America's Music Click to show or hide the answer
(Show Me State) Click to show or hide the answer
Big Sky Country (see Note 6) Click to show or hide the answer
SeeNote7 Click to show or hide the answer
(Silver State) Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
(Garden State) Click to show or hide the answer
(Land of Enchantment) Click to show or hide the answer
(Empire State) Click to show or hide the answer
First in Flight State Click to show or hide the answer
(Peace Garden State) Click to show or hide the answer
Birthplace of Aviation (previously The Heart Of It All) Click to show or hide the answer
Native America Click to show or hide the answer
Pacific Wonderland (now at extra cost) Click to show or hide the answer
None (previously the same) Click to show or hide the answer
(Ocean State) Click to show or hide the answer
None (previously Iodine Products State) Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
(Volunteer State) Click to show or hide the answer
(Lone Star State) Click to show or hide the answer
None (previously Friendly State) Click to show or hide the answer
(Green Mountain State) Click to show or hide the answer
None Click to show or hide the answer
(Evergreen State) Click to show or hide the answer
None (previously the same) Click to show or hide the answer
America's Dairyland Click to show or hide the answer
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Notes:

1As well as "Centennial State" (the official state nickname), Colorado has previously used "Colourful Colorado" on license plates
2Georgia currently has no nickname on its license plates, but it has in the past used "Peach State" (the official nickname)
3Kansas currently has no nickname on its license plates, but it has in the past used "Wheat State"
4Louisiana has previously used "Bayou State" on license plates
5Michigan currently has no nickname on its license plates, but it has in the past used both "Great Lakes State" (the official nickname) and "Winter Water Wonderland"
6Montana has previously used "Treasure State" (the official nickname) on license plates
7Nebraska currently has no nickname on its license plates, but it has in the past used both "Cornhusker State" (the official nickname) and "Beef State". It also has "The Good Life" on state border signs

Other

If setting questions from this section, I would suggest you make it clear that these are not the official nicknames. For example: "Which US state is sometimes known as ... ?"

Cotton State Click to show or hide the answer
Yellowhammer State
Land of the Midnight Sun Click to show or hide the answer
Seward's Folly (dubbed by opponents of its purchase)
Apache State Click to show or hide the answer
Wonder State Click to show or hide the answer
Bear State
Land of Opportunity (previously the official nickname)
El Dorado Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky Mountain State Click to show or hide the answer
Nutmeg State Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Law State
Freestone State
Diamond State Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Hen State
Everglade State Click to show or hide the answer
Peninsula State
Empire State of the South Click to show or hide the answer
Cracker State
Goober State
Gem of the Mountains Click to show or hide the answer
Sucker State Click to show or hide the answer
Jayhawker State Click to show or hide the answer
Central State
America's Breadbasket
Corn Cracker State
Dark and Bloody Ground
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Creole State Click to show or hide the answer
Sugar State
Bayou State
Free State Click to show or hide the answer
Chesapeake State
Old Colony State Click to show or hide the answer
Lake State Click to show or hide the answer
Gopher State Click to show or hide the answer
Bread and Butter State
Bayou State Click to show or hide the answer
Hospitality State (previously used on license plates)
Bullion State Click to show or hide the answer
Beef State (once used on license plates) Click to show or hide the answer
Tree Planters' State
Blackwater State
The Good Life (on road border signs)
Sagebrush State Click to show or hide the answer
Battle Born State
White Mountain State Click to show or hide the answer
The Crossroads of the Revolution (previously used on license plates) Click to show or hide the answer
Sunshine State Click to show or hide the answer
Excelsior State Click to show or hide the answer
Old North State Click to show or hide the answer
Turpentine State
Sioux State Click to show or hide the answer
Flickertail State
Webfoot State Click to show or hide the answer
Liberty Bell State Click to show or hide the answer
Independence State
Quaker State
Little Rhody Click to show or hide the answer
Coyote State Click to show or hide the answer
Sunshine State (former official nickname)
Blizzard State
Big Bend State Click to show or hide the answer
Mormon State Click to show or hide the answer
Cavalier State Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Presidents
Chinook State Click to show or hide the answer
Apple State
Panhandle State Click to show or hide the answer
Badger State Click to show or hide the answer
Cowboy State Click to show or hide the answer
Forever West (on road border signs)

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