State Capital Juneau
State Size Total (Land + Water): 663,267 sq miles; Land Only: 571,951 sq miles
Number of Counties 27
Highest Point Denali, 20,310 feet
National Parks: Denali National Park and Preserve
Gates of the Arctic National Park
Glacier Bay National Park
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kobuk Valley National Park
Lake Clark National Park
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve
State Population (2015) 738,432
State Population Density 1.3 people / square mile
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Anchorage (291,826)
State Bird Willow ptarmigan
State Fish Giant king salmon
State Flower Forget Me Not
State Fossil Wooly mammoth
State Gem Jade
State Insect Four spot skimmer dragonfly
State Land Mammal Moose
State Marine Mammal Bowhead whale
Nickname The Last Frontier
State Mineral Gold
State Motto North to the future
State Sport Dog mushing
State Tree Sitka spruce
•Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual state income tax
•Alaska is home to North America's highest peak, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), at 20,320 feet.
•The closest distance between mainland Alaska and mainland Russia is about 55 miles. In addition, the U.S.-owned Small Diomede and Russia-owned Big Diomede, both islands in the Bering Straits, are only about 2.5 miles apart.
•Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline.
•Alaska has over 3 million lakes, of which 3,197 have an official name.
•Alaska has over 130 volcanoes that have been active within the last two million years.
•Juneau has no road access to the rest of the state. It is the only capital city in the United States accessible only by boat or plane.
•Juneau is also the largest city in the United States, covering 3,108 square miles. Juneau is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
•Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
State Abbreviation TN
State Capital Nashville
State Size Total (Land + Water): 42,143 sq miles; Land Only: 41,217 sq miles
Number of Counties 95
Bordering States Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia
Highest Point Clingmans Dome, 6,643 feet
National Parks Great Smoky Mountains National Park
State Population (2015) 6,600,299
State Population Density 160.1 people / square mile
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Memphis (646,889)
State Agricultural Insect Honeybee
State Amphibian Tennessee cave salamander
State Artifact "Sandy"
State Beverage Milk
State Bird Mockingbird
State Butterfly Zebra swallowtail
State Commercial Fish Channel catfish
State Flower Iris
State Fossil Ptero
State Gem Pearl
State Insect Honeybee and ladybug
State Mineral Agate
State Motto Agriculture and Commerce
State Nickname Volunteer State
State Reptile Eastern box turtle
State Rock Limestone
State Sport Fish Smallmouth bass
State Tree Tulip poplar
State Wild Animal Raccoon
State Abbreviation WA
State Capital Olympia
State Size Total (Land + Water): 71,300 sq miles; Land Only: 66,544 sq miles
Number of Counties 39
Time Zone Pacific Time Zone
Bordering States Idaho, Oregon
Highest Point Mount Rainier, 14,417 feet
National Parks Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
State Population (2015) 7,170,351
State Population Density 107.8 people / square mile
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Seattle (608,660)
State Amphibian Pacific chorus frog
State Bird Willow goldfinch
State Dance Square dance
State Endemic Mammal Olympic marmot
State Fish Steelhead trout
State Flower Coast rhododendron
State Folk Song "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On"
State Fossil Columbian mammoth
State Fruit Apple
State Gem Petrified wood
State Grass Bluebunch wheatgrass
State Insect Green darner dragonfly
State Marine Mammal Orca
State Motto Al-ki (By and by)
State Nickname Evergreen State
State Oyster Ostrea lurida
State Ship Lady Washington
State Song "Washington, My Home"
State Tree Western hemlock
State Vegetable Walla Walla sweet onion
State Waterfall Palouse Falls
•Washington state is the largest producer of apples in the United States.
•Boeing’s Everett factory is the world’s largest building by volume, covering 4.3 million square feet and encompassing 472 million cubic feet of space.
•Harbor Island, located in the mouth of Seattle’s Duwamish Waterway, is the largest man-made island in the United States.
•The world’s largest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks, was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1971.
•Washington state flag is the only U.S. state flag with a field of green as well as the only state flag with the image of an American president.
•Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant in the 48 contiguous United States, the SkyCity Restaurant on top of the Space Needle.
•Washington has more glaciers than any of the other 47 contiguous states.
•Washington is the only state with an official State Oyster: Ostrea lurida.
•In 2007, Washington became the first state to ban texting while driving.
State Abbreviation WY
State Capital Cheyenne
State Size Total (Land + Water): 97,814 sq miles; Land Only: 97,100 sq miles
Number of Counties 23
Time Zone Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah
Highest Point Gannett Peak, 13,809 feet
National Parks Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
State Population (2015) 586,107
State Population Density 6.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 307
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Cheyenne (59,466)
Rock Springs (23,036)
State Bird Western meadowlark
State Butterfly Sheridan's green hairstreak
State Coin Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin
State Dinosaur Triceratops
State Fish Cutthroat trout
State Flower Indian paintbrush
State Fossil Knightia
State Gemstone Jade
State Grass Western wheatgrass
State Mammal Bison
State Motto Equal Rights
State Nickname Equality State
State Reptile Horned toad
State Shrub Wyoming big sagebrush
State Song "Wyoming"
State Sport Rodeo
State Tree Plains cottonwood
•The name Wyoming originated from a Native American word, mecheweamiing, meaning "at the big plains."
•Wyoming is nicknamed "The Equality State" as it was the first state in the United States to give women the right to vote, which it did as a territory in 1869.
•Devil's Tower in Wyoming, established on September 24, 1906, was the first national monument in the United States.
•Most of the Yellowstone National Park lies in Wyoming. Established in 1872, it is the first national park in the United States.
•The first national forest was established in Wyoming on March 30, 1891, when President Teddy Roosevelt created the Shoshone National Forest as the Yellowstone Forest Reserve.
•J. C. Penney (James Cash Penney) opened a Golden Rule Store in Kemmerer, Wyoming, on April 14, 1902. Penney later expanded the business, and changed the store's name to "J. C. Penney" as it is known today.
•The ten largest coal mines in the United States are all located in Wyoming.
•White Hall, on the University of Wyoming’s campus in Laramie, is the tallest building in the state. The 12-story dormitory is 200 feet high.
•Established in 1886, the Laramie County Library System is the oldest continually operating county library system in the country.
•Wyoming is one of two states with an official State Shrub: Wyoming big sagebrush.
State Abbreviation NJ
State Capital Trenton
State Size Total (Land + Water): 8,721 sq miles; Land Only: 7,417 sq miles
Number of Counties 21
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania
Highest Point High Point, 1,803 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 8,958,013
State Population Density 1,207.8 people / square mile
Area Codes 201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Newark (277,140)
Jersey City (247,597)
State Animal Horse
State Bird Eastern goldfinch
State Bug Honeybee
State Dance Square dance
State Dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii
State Fish Brook trout
State Flower Purple violet
State Fruit Blueberry
State Motto Liberty and prosperity
State Nickname Garden State
State Shell Knobbed whelk
State Ship The A. J. Meerwald
State Tree Red oak
•New Jersey is one of only two states where self-service filling of gasoline is prohibited. The other is Oregon.
•The properties in the United States version of the board game Monopoly are named after the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
•New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is often referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World.”
•The Union Watersphere, also known as the Union Water Tower, is the tallest water tower in the world. It is located in Union, New Jersey.
•The world's largest statue of a tooth (15 feet tall) is located in Trenton, New Jersey.
•Morristown National Historical Park, established in March, 1933, was the first national historic park in the United States.
•The first steam-powered ferry service in the United States began operation on October 11, 1811. The service was between Hoboken, New Jersey and Manhattan.
•The first balloon flight in America was made by Jean Pierre Blanchard. On January 9,1793, he landed a balloon at Deptford, New Jersey.
•On January 19, 1883, the first standardized incandescent electric lighting system with overhead wires began service in Roselle, New Jersey.
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