North Carolina Facts

North Carolina Facts

North Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. See the fact file below for more information about the state of North Carolina.

Capital
Raleigh

Became a State
November 21, 1789 (12th)

Location
southern United States

Area
53,819 sq. miles (28th)

Population
9,535,483 (10th)

Major Cities
Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, Cape Hatteras, Greensboro, Wilmington

Products
poultry, eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, sweet potatoes, soybeans

Climate
coastal plain – mild winters, moderate summers – inland has hotter summers and colder winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 42 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Neuse River, Yadkin, River, Atlantic Ocean, Roanoke River

Most Famous Citizens
James Polk ( U.S. President)
Andrew Johnson ( U.S. President)
David Brinkley (newscaster)
Howard Cosell (sportscaster)
Bill Graham (evangelist)
Jesse Helm (politician)
O. Henry (writer)
Richard Petty (auto racer)

State Symbols
Bird – Cardinal
Flower – Dogwood
Animal – Gray Squirrel
Tree – Pine
Insect – Honey Bee