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State/Capitol Nickname Motto

Alabama,
Montgomery

Yellowhammer State,
Heart of Dixie, Camellia State
Audemus jura nostra defendere
(We dare defend our rights)
Alaska,
Juneau
The Last Frontier North to the Future
Arizona,
Phoenix
Grand Canyon State Ditat Deus (God enriches)
Arkansas,
Little Rock
The Natural State,
Land of Opportunity,
The Razorback State
Regnat populus
(The people rule)
California,
Sacramento
Golden State Eureka (I have found it)
Colorado,
Denver
Centennial State Nil sine numine -
(nothing without the divine will)
Connecticut,
Hartford
Constitution State,
Nutmeg State
Qui transtulit sustinet
(He who transplanted still sustains)
Delaware,
Dover

First State, Diamond State,
Blue Hen State

Liberty and independence
Florida,
Tallahassee
Sunshine State In God we trust
Georgia,
Atlanta
Peach State, Goober State Wisdom, justice, and moderation
Hawaii,
Honolulu
Aloha State, Pineapple State Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Idaho, Boise

Gem State,
Spud State

Esto perpetua (It is forever)
Illinois,
Springfield

Prairie State,
Land of Lincoln

State sovereignty, national union
Indiana,
Indianapolis
Hoosier State The Crossroads of America
Iowa, Des Moines Hawkeye State Our liberties we prize and
our rights we will maintain
Kansas, Topeka Sunflower State Ad astra per aspera
(To the stars through difficulties)
Kentucky,
Frankfurt
Bluegrass State United we stand, divided we fall
Louisiana,
Baton Rouge
Pelican State,
Sugar State
Union, justice, and confidence
Maine,
Augusta
Pine Tree State Dirigo (I lead)
Maryland,
Annapolis
Old Line State, Free State Fatti maschii, parole femine
(Manly deeds, womanly words)
Massachusetts,
Boston
Bay State,
Old Colony State
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
Michigan,
Lansing
Great Lakes State,
Wolverine State
Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula,
look around you)
Minnesota,
St. Paul
North Star State, Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes,
Bread and Butter State
L'Étoile du Nord
(The North Star)
Mississippi,
Jackson
Magnolia State Virtute et armis
(By valor and arms)
Missouri,
Jefferson City
Show Me State Salus populi suprema lex esto
(The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
Montana,
Helena
Treasure State,
Big Sky State
Oro y plata (Gold and silver)
Nebraska,
Lincoln
Cornhusker State Equality before the law
Nevada,
Carson City
Silver State,
Battle Born State, Sagebrush State
All for Our Country
New Hampshire,
Concord
Granite State Live free or die
New Jersey,
Trenton
Garden State Liberty and prosperity
New Mexico,
Santa Fe
Land of Enchantment,
"Truth or Consequences"
Crescit eundo
(It grows as it goes)
New York,
Albany
Empire State Excelsior (Ever upward)
North Carolina,
Raleigh
Tar Heel State,
Old North State
Esse quam videri
(To be rather than to seem)
North Dakota,
Bismarck
Peace Garden State,
Flickertail State,
Roughrider State
Liberty and union, now and
forever: one and inseparable
Ohio ,Columbus Buckeye State,
Modern Mother of Presidents
With God all things are possible
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Sooner State, Panhandle State Labor omnia vincit
(Labor conquers all things)
Oregon, Salem Beaver State Alis volat Propriis
(She flies with her own wings)
Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Keystone State, Quaker State Virtue, liberty, and independence
Rhode Island. Providence Ocean State,
Little Rhody
Hope
South Carolina, Columbia Palmetto State Animis opibusque parati
(Prepared in mind and resources)
Dum spiro spero
(While I breathe, I hope)
South Dakota, Pierre Coyote State,
Mount Rushmore State
Under God the people rule
Tennessee, Nashville Volunteer State,
Big Bend State
Agriculture and Commerce
Texas, Austin Lone Star State Friendship
Utah,
Salt Lake City
Beehive State Industry
Vermont, Montpelier Green Mountain State Vermont, Freedom and Unity
Virginia, Richmond Old Dominion Sic semper tyrannis
(Thus always to tyrants)
Washington, Olympia Evergreen State, Chinook State Al-Ki (Indian word meaning
“by and by”)
West Virginia, Charleston Mountain State Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)
Wisconsin, Madison Badger State Forward
Wyoming, Cheyenne Equality State, Cowboy State Equal rights
   
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