The following is a table of U.S. state and territory nicknames , including officially adopted nicknames , and other traditional nicknames for individual states and territories of the United States (and the District of Columbia ).

State and territory nicknames

Current official state and territory nicknames are highlighted in bold . A state nickname is not to be confused with an official state motto .

State Nickname(s)
Alabama
[4]
Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
Arkansas
California


Colorado
Connecticut
  • Constitution State (official, currently used on license plates ) [26]
  • Nutmeg State
  • Provision State [27]
  • Blue Law State
  • Freestone State
  • Land of Steady Habits
Delaware
  • Chemical Capital of the World [3] (due to one time being the corporate headquarters for several international chemical companies.)
  • Corporate Capital (due to the state's business-friendly incorporation laws) [3]
  • Diamond State (Thomas Jefferson is supposed to have referred to Delaware as being like a diamond- small in size but great in value) [29]
  • Blue Hen State or Blue Hen Chicken State [26]
  • The First State [3] [5] (Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution ; currently used on license plates )
  • Peach State [3] (no longer used; see Georgia)
  • Small Wonder [3]
District of Columbia
  • Nation's Capital [32]
  • DMV (nickname for the broader metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) [32]
  • Inside the Beltway
Florida
Georgia
  • Peach State [2] (currently used on license plates )
  • Cracker State — Along with Florida, Georgia had been called "The Cracker State" in earlier times, perhaps a derogatory term that referred to immigrants, called "crackers," from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. [2] See also Atlanta Crackers: Origin of the name
  • Empire State of the South — Georgia is the largest state in land area east of the Mississippi and was the leading industrial state of the Old South. [3]
  • Yankee-land of the South: Similarly to the above nickname, "Yankee-land of the South" speaks to industrial and economic development in the south. This nickname may be used in a derogatory sense. [4]
  • Goober State — Refers to peanuts, the official state crop. [6]
  • State of Adventure (On highway welcome signs)
Guam
  • Land of the Chamorro [39]
  • Hub of the Pacific
  • Gateway to Micronesia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois [50]
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
  • The Great Lakes State (previously used on license plates )
  • Water Wonderland and Water-Winter Wonderland (previously used on license plates)
  • The Wolverine State [69]
  • The Mitten State
Minnesota
  • Gopher State
  • Land of 10,000 Lakes ("10,000 Lakes" currently used on license plates )
  • New England of the West
  • North Star State
  • State of Hockey [3]
  • Bread and Butter State
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
  • Big Sky Country (previously used on license plates )
  • The Last Best Place [71]
  • Treasure State (currently used on license plates)
Nebraska
  • Antelope State
  • Beef State (previously used on license plates )
  • Cornhusker State (previously used on license plates) [72]
  • Bugeating State [26]
  • Blackwater State
  • The Good Life (as seen on state border signs)
  • Tree Planters State
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
  • Cactus State [2]
  • Land of Enchantment (currently used on license plates )
  • Land of Sunshine (predates "Land of Enchantment"; this earlier nickname highlighted the large percentage of sunshine received statewide) [2]
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Northern Mariana Islands
  • America's Best Kept Secret [80]
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
  • Mother of Presidents
  • Mother of States
  • The Old Dominion [26]
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
[97]
Wyoming
  • Cowboy State
  • Equality State
  • Forever West (on highway welcome signs)

See also

Notes

A. No official niokname