State Mottoes

U.S. States

All of the United States’ 50 states have a state motto, as do the District of Columbia and three US territories. A motto is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of an organization. State mottos can sometimes be found on state seals or state flags.

Alabama

Yellowhammer State or Heart of Dixie

Alaska

Last Frontier or Land of the Midnight Sun

Arizona

Grand Canyon State

Arkansas

Natural State or Land of Opportunity

California

Golden State

Colorado

Centennial State

Connecticut

Constitution State

Delaware

Diamond State or First State

Florida

Sunshine State

Georgia

Peach State or Empire State of the South

Hawaii

Aloha State

Idaho

Gem State

Illinois

Prairie State or Land of Lincoln

Indiana

Hoosier State

Iowa

Hawkeye State

Kansas

Sunflower State

Kentucky

Bluegrass State

Louisiana

Pelican State

Maine

Pine Tree State

Maryland

Old Line State or Free State

Massachusetts

Bay State

Michigan

Great Lakes State or Wolverine State

Minnesota

North Star State

Mississippi

Magnolia State

Missouri

Show Me State

Montana

Big Sky Country or Treasure State

Nebraska

Cornhusker State

Nevada

Silver State or Sagebrush State

New Hampshire

Granite State

New Jersey

Garden State

New Mexico

Land of Enchantment

New York

Empire State

North Carolina

Tar Heel State or Old North State

North Dakota

Peace Garden State or Flickertail State

Ohio

Buckeye State

Oklahoma

Sooner State

Oregon

Beaver State

Pennsylvania

Keystone State

Rhode Island

Ocean State or Little Rhody

South Carolina

Palmetto State

South Dakota

Coyote State or Mount Rushmore State

Tennessee

Volunteer State

Texas

Lone Star State

Utah

Beehive State

Vermont

Green Mountain State

Virginia

Old Dominion

Washington

Evergreen State

West Virginia

Mountain State

Wisconsin

Badger State

Wyoming

Cowboy State or Equality State