North Carolina History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Tar Heel State

Great Seal of the State of North Carolina

Adoptedin 1893.

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina was adopted in 1893.

A seal for important documents was used before the government was ever implemented in North Carolina. During the colonial period North Carolina used successively four different seals. Since independence six seals have been used.

English colonists, sent by Sir Walter Raleigh, unsuccessfully attempted to settle Roanoke Island in 1585 and 1587. Virginia Dare, born there in 1587, was the first child of English parentage born in America.

During the American Revolution, there was relatively little fighting within the state, but many North Carolinians saw action elsewhere. Despite considerable pro-Union, antislavery sentiment, North Carolina joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Capital City: Raleigh

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North Carolina:State of North CArolina Official Web Site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports Map • Airport Links

Amtrak: South

Area: 53821 sq.mi, 28th   Land 48718 sq. mi., 29th   Water 5103 sq.mi., 10th   Coastline 301 mi., 7th   Shoreline 3,375 mi., 6th

Area Codes: North Carolina

Biographies: Famous People from North Carolina

Bird: Northern Cardinal

Border States: Regional List •  Georgia  • South Carolina  • Tennessee •  Virginia

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Cities & Towns: North Carolina

Climate: North Carolina

Community Pages: North Carolina Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 12th State

County Profile: County Map   100 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: North Carolina News Headlines

Department of: Education •  Licensure | Duke University Durham, founded in 1838. | University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, founded in 1789. | Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, founded in 1834.

Driving: DMV

Economy: Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, soybeans.•  Industry: Tobacco products, textile goods, chemical products, electric equipment, machinery, tourism.

Flag: North Carolina (NC)

Flower: Dogwood   Cornus florida

Cyndi's List •  Historical Societies

Geographic Center: Chatham, 10 miles northwest of Sanford

Geology Maps: North Carolina

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Mt. Mitchell; 6,684 feet, 16th

Highways: North Carolina Highways

History: History Timeline   Historical   Civil War  

Hotels, Motels & Inns:

Kids Corner: State of North Carolina Kids Site

Library: North Carolina 

License Plates: North Carolina

Lighthouses: Bald Head Island Bodie IslandCape HatterasCape LookoutCurrituck Beach Oak IslandOcracoke Island Price's CreekRoanoke River

Lottery: North Carolina

Lowest Point: Atlantic coast; sea level, 3rd


Media: Radio | TV

Motto: Esse quam videri To be, rather than to seem

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Name taken from "Carolus," the Latin word for Charles and named after England's King Charles

National Forest: North Carolina

Population: Quick facts   8,049,313; 11th, 12/00

Presidential Birthplace: James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 {11th}  Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869 {17th}

Real Estate: Every North Carolina City, Town & Community

Representatives: North Carolina House: Members  • North Carolina Senate: Members  • US House:   110th  US Senate:   110th Congress Congress

Road Side America: North Carolina

School Directory: North Carolina

Soil: North Carolina - Cecil

Song: North Carolina  • 

Sports: North Carolina Teams

State Parks: North Carolina 29 state parks, four recreation areas and a number of natural areas from the mountains to the sea are available for you to enjoy.

Symbols: NC state library


Travel: North Carolina Travel

Tree:  Longleaf Pine  Pinus  

Veteran Affairs: North Carolina VA

Visitor Guides: Visit North Carolina The Official North Carolina travel and vacation web site.

Weather: Raleigh / Durham, Raleigh-Durham International

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Zoo: North Carolina Zoo