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The 50 United States and their Mottos and Nicknames

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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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