The state was part of the original 13 colonies, and it became the 12th state to become part of the United States North Carolina was also the final state to succeed the union during the Civil War.
From Tyrrell County (the smallest county), to Mecklenburg (the largest county), the state is very diverse. It is also home of many ‘firsts’ including:
Home of Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Home of the first flight
Home of the first mini public golf course
Home of the first public university
There are some other fun and interesting facts that may surprise you about North Carolina.
As previously mentioned, North Carolina was the 12th colony to become a state. North Carolina entered statehood on November 21, 1789. The state is also the birthplace of possibly four presidents of the United States.
The state has over 100 counties, and the largest county is Dare County. It covers over 1500 square miles. The smallest county is Clay, and it only covers 220 square miles.
The county with the largest population is Mecklenburg. The current population is over 900,000, and the county with the smallest population is Tyrrell. This county has a population of 4400.
The highest point in the state is Mt. Mitchell. It has an elevation of almost 61,000 feet above sea level. The Atlantic coastline is the lowest point in the state and it is at sea level.
Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, but the largest city in the state is North Carolina.
The state has two nicknames. It is often referred to as the ‘Tar Heel State’. However, it has another nickname that may not be as well known. This nickname is ‘The Old North State’.
The state bird is the Cardinal, and the official colors of the state are blue and red.
North Carolina’s state flower is the Dogwood, and the state’s wildflower is the Carolina Lily.
The state even has two official state dances: The Carolina Shag and Clogging.
Even though it is not considered a state symbol, the soft drink Pepsi was first made in New Bern, North Carolina.
This is just some of the fun facts about North Carolina. From the mountains to the beaches, it is a state that is full of beauty. It is state that is rich with history, landscape and attractions that makes it a wonderful place to call home.