Interesting Facts about North Carolina

North Carolina or NC for short, became the 12th state in the United States of America on November 21, 1789. It is located at the southeastern part of USA and it is known to be the 28th biggest state as its total land area stretches for 53, 821 square miles. This state has 100 counties and the state capital is Raleigh and its biggest city is Charlotte. The neighboring states of North Carolina are Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. What are the other interesting facts about North Carolina?

North Carolina was derived from “Carolus” which is a Latin name for “Charles” as the state was named after King Charles I. Tar Heel State is the nickname of North Carolina and its locals are called “North Carolinians”. From 2008-2009, NC was recognized as the eighth state with the largest population size.

Like the other states in the US, NC has state emblems that North Carolinians respect and take pride at. Some of these state symbols are:

• State bird- Cardinal
• State Flower- Flowering Dogwood
• State Tree- Longleaf Pine
• State Vegetable- Sweet Potatoes
• State Colors- Red and Blue
• State Precious Stone- Emerald

NC has its peaks and landmarks to showcase tourists. The highest point in the Eastern part of US, Mt. Mitchell, is found in North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located at the borders of Tennessee, is a popular destination for locals and tourists.

The Whitewater Falls, considered as the highest waterfall in the eastern part of the country is located at Transylvania County, NC. When they are fond of art and nostalgic pieces from the past, they can visit the only art museum of the state, the North Carolina Museum of Art, located in Raleigh.

Speaking of history, some of the world’s first records took place in North Carolina. One memorable example was the time when the popular Wright Brothers took pride of their first successful airplane flight in 1903 at Kitty Hawk. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, which is the oldest State University in the US, is also spotted in this state.

The world-famous food and beverage companies like Pepsi Cola and Krispy Kreme Doughnut also first established their products in North Carolina, making NC transcend its state income solely from farming, tobacco and furniture industries to more diversified economies as they step closer to excellence in various fields like engineering and business.

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