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State Motto Nickname
Alabama Audemus jua nostra defendere
(We Dare Defend Our Rights)
The Heart of Dixie
Alaska North to the Future The Great Land
Arizona Ditat Deus
(God Enriches)
The Grand Canyon State
Arkansas Regnat Populus
(The People Rule)
The Natural State
California Eureka
(I have found it)
The Golden State
Colorado Nil Sine Numine
Nothing Without Providence
The Mile-High State
The Centennial State
Connecticut Qui Transtulit Sustinet
(He Who Transplanted still sustains)
The Constitution State
Delaware Liberty and Independence The First State
Florida In God We Trust The Sunshine State
Georgia Wisdom, justice, and moderation The Peach State
Hawaii Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono
(The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
The Aloha State
Idaho Esto Perpetua
(It is Perpetual)
The Gem State
Illinois State sovereignty, national union The Prairie State
Iowa Our liberties we prize and
our rights we will maintain
The Hawkeye State
Indiana The Crossroads of America The Hoosier State
Kansas Ad Astra per Aspera
(To the Stars Through Difficulties)
The Sunflower State
Kentucky United we stand, divided we shall fall The Bluegrass State
Louisiana Union, justice and confidence The Pelican State
Maine Dirigo (I Direct) The Pine Tree State
Maryland Fatti Maschii Parole Femine
(Strong Deeds, Gentle Words)
The Old Line State
Massachusetts Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem
(By the sword we seek peace,
but peace only under liberty)
The Bay State
Michigan Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumsice
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
The Wolverine State
Minnesota L'Etoile du Nord
(The Star of the North)
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Mississippi Virtute et Armis
(By Valor and Arms)
The South's Warmest Welcome
Missouri Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto
(The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
The Show Me State
Montana Gold and Silver Big Sky Country
Nebraska Equality before the law Cornhusker State
Nevada All for our country The Silver State
New Hampshire Live free or die The Granite State
New Jersey Liberty and Prosperity The Garden State
New Mexico Crescit Eundo (It Grows as It Goes) Land of Enchantment
New York Exelsior
(Ever Upward)
The Empire State
North Carolina Esse Quam Videri
(To Be Rather than to Seem)
The Tar Heel State
North Dakota Liberty and union, now and forever,
one and inseparable
Peace Garden State
Ohio With God, all things are possible The Buckeye State
Oklahoma Labor Omnia Vincit
(Labor Conquers All Things)
The Sooner State
Oregon Alis Volat Propriis
(She Flies with Her Own Wings)
The Beaver State
Pennsylvania Virtue, liberty and independence The Keystone State
Rhode Island Hope The Ocean State
South Carolina Animis Opibusque Parati
(Prepared in Mind and Resources)
The Palmetto State
South Dakota Under God, the people rule The Mount Rushmore State
Tennessee Agriculture and commerce The Volunteer State
Texas Friendship The Lone Star State
Utah Industry The Beehive State
Vermont Freedom and unity The Green Mountain State
Virginia Sic Semper Tyrannis (Thus Always to Tyrants) The Old Dominion
Washington Al-ki (By and By) The Evergreen State
West Virginia Montani Semper Liberi
(Mountaineers are Always Free)
The Mountain State
Wisconsin Forward The Badger State
Wyoming Equal Rights The Cowboy State

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