As we enter one of the most patriotic times of the year, we should be reminded how great the United States of America is. We should often remember how great each individual state is as well! Let’s break it down. 

  1. Alabama

Alabama workers built the rocket that put America on the moon.

  1. Alaska

In 1926, 13 year old Bennie Benson designed the Alaska state flag.

  1. Arizona

The amount of copper in the Arizona State Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.

  1. Arkansas

North Little Rock, Arkansas has one of the nation’s largest municipal parks.

  1. California

The Hollywood Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the world.

  1. Colorado

The 13th step walking up the stairs to the Colorado State Capitol is exactly 1 mile above sea level.

  1. Connecticut

Wallingford, Connecticut is known around the world for its silverware production.

  1. Delaware

Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

  1. Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida is the oldest European settlement in the United States.

  1. Georgia

Georgia is the number one producer in the United States of peanuts, peaches and pecans.

  1. Hawaii

Hawaii is the only state in the United States that grows coffee.

  1. Idaho

Soda Springs is the largest man-made geyser in the United States.

  1. Illinois

The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885.

  1. Indiana

Peru, Indiana was once known as the “Circus Capital of the World”.

  1. Iowa

Strawberry, Iowa is home to the world’s largest strawberry.

  1. Kansas

The first female mayor in the United States was elected in Argonia, Kansas in 1887.

  1. Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby is the longest continuously held horse race in the world.

  1. Louisiana

Louisiana does not have counties, but “parishes”.

  1. Maine

Maine is the only state that shares a border with only one other state.

  1. Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland is known as the sailing capital of the world.

  1. Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts built the first subway system in 1897.

  1. Michigan

The Detroit Zoo was the first to offer cage-less and open exhibits to allow the animals to roam more.

  1. Minnesota

The Mall of America is the size of 78 football fields, 9.5 million square feet.

  1. Mississippi

The world’s largest cactus plantation is in Edwards, Mississippi.

  1. Missouri

President Harry Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri on May 8, 1884.

  1. Montana

Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the country.

  1. Nebraska

Nebraska is the only state with one house of legislature.

  1. Nevada

Nevada is the largest gold producing state in the United States.

  1. New Hampshire

In 1833, the first public library opened in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

  1. New Jersey

90% of people in New Jersey live in an urban area.

  1. New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the highest state capital city at 7,000 feet above sea level.

  1. New York

New York City, New York has 722 miles of subway track.

  1. North Carolina

Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 7, 1914.

  1. North Dakota

North Dakota passed a bill in 1987, which made English the official language of the state.

  1. Ohio

The first ambulance was established in Cincinnati in 1865.

  1. Oklahoma

There is an operating oil well on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds.

  1. Oregon

Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

  1. Pennsylvania

The first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburg in 1909.

  1. Rhode Island

Rhode Island was the last of the original colonies to become a state.

  1. South Carolina

The official dance of South Carolina is the “Shag.”

  1. South Dakota

Harney Peak is the highest point east of the Rockies in the United States.

  1. Tennessee

There are more horses per capita in Shelby County than in any other county in the United States.

  1. Texas

Texas is the only state to have once been a separate country.

  1. Utah

Utah was acquired by the United States in 1848 in a treaty that ended the war with Mexico.

  1. Vermont

Vermont was the first state to be admitted into the union after ratifying the Constitution.

  1. Virginia

The state’s capital is Richmond, which was also the capital of The Confederacy.

  1. Washington

Washington is the only state that is named after a U.S. President.

  1. West Virginia

Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered in forests.

  1. Wisconsin

Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the United States.

  1. Wyoming

Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.

Kallie B
When Kallie is not working full time trying to raise money, she is often studying how people process political messages. Powered with 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 graduate degree and now working towards a Ph.D., she has dived into the world of political communication and psychophysiological research. She is a 5th generation Texan, and has been in politics since she was 8 years old.