U.S. States by Nickname

For each selected nickname, name the U.S. state!
According to Wikipedia
Quiz by Quizmaster
Last updated: September 7, 2018
First submittedSeptember 3, 2012
Times taken37,690
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Golden State
Empire State
New York
Grand Canyon State
Lone Star State
Natural State
Garden State
New Jersey
Aloha State
Last Frontier
Centennial State
Constitution State
First State
Land of
New Mexico
Sunshine State
Ocean State
Rhode Island
Peach State
Show-Me State
Gem State
Hoosier State
Equality State
Hawkeye State
Sunflower State
Bluegrass State
Old Line State
Silver State
Tar Heel State
North Carolina
Peace Garden
North Dakota
Buckeye State
Pelican State
Sooner State
Keystone State
Palmetto State
South Carolina
Evergreen State
Green Mountain
Treasure State
North Star State
Prairie State
Volunteer State
Great Lakes State
Bay State
Beaver State
Magnolia State
Granite State
New Hampshire
Badger State
Cornhusker State
Pine Tree State /
Beehive State
Old Dominion
Mountain State
West Virginia
Yellowhammer State
Mount Rushmore
South Dakota
Level 89
Dec 31, 2012
I was hoping to see "Taxation without Representation" on the list... though I suppose "The District" as the official nickname would be a dead giveaway.
Level 28
Dec 31, 2012
Just a recommendation, include a chart along the side of the quiz that highlights the states that were guessed correctly and leaves those that were yet to be guessed blank.
Level 84
Jun 27, 2014
Yes please! This would be very helpful when you get down to the last few!
Level 58
Oct 24, 2015
Agree! Although, yes, it's harder this way.
Level 46
Aug 26, 2014
Man, I forgot how nonsensical some of these are.

Well, one of them in particular... the "Show-Me State"? What?

Level 44
Sep 17, 2014
I like Show Me. It's like the "Prove It" State. Put your money where your mouth is. Practice what you preach. etc etc, whether that's what they originally meant or not.
Level 83
Jul 25, 2018
I think Missouri wants to play doctor with the other states.
Level 58
Oct 24, 2015
I live right next to Missouri, and people have varied interpretations of their motto. It mostly seems to be taken as "Missouri has so much to show, that someone can say 'Show me what's great about your state', and they won't be disappointed." The scenery in some parts is beautiful, I won't deny.
Level 45
Jul 7, 2016
Although I'm sure we'd all like to believe that (and that's what Missouri's tourism board no doubt tries to get people to believe), the truth comes from the old stereotype, dating back to Missouri's territorial days, that people from the state are so stubborn that they won't believe anything unless they can see it.
Level 83
Sep 22, 2018
I have no problem with Show-Me state for Missouri. The ones that make me giggle are Garden State for New Jersey and Equality State for Wyoming... :)
Level 72
Feb 20, 2021
The most widely known legend attributes the phrase to Missouri's U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1897 to 1903. While a member of the U.S. House Committee on Naval Affairs, Vandiver attended an 1899 naval banquet in Philadelphia. In a speech there, he declared, "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me." Regardless of whether Vandiver coined the phrase, it is certain that his speech helped to popularize the saying.
Level 72
Feb 20, 2021
Other versions of the "Show-Me" legend place the slogan's origin in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado. There, the phrase was first employed as a term of ridicule and reproach. A miner's strike had been in progress for some time in the mid-1890s, and a number of miners from the lead districts of southwest Missouri had been imported to take the places of the strikers. The Joplin miners were unfamiliar with Colorado mining methods and required frequent instructions. Pit bosses began saying, "That man is from Missouri. You'll have to show him."
Level 51
Apr 19, 2017
Oklahoma is ok on their license plate didn't boom of self confidence
Level 63
May 23, 2017
Level 63
May 23, 2017
Awesome! 49/49. License plates and guessing help a lot.
Level 70
Jun 15, 2018
Same here...a lot of these I knew from license plates and the way some journalists use alternate nicknames for states just to avoid saying the same word over and over and over.
Level 66
Jul 17, 2018
And colleges.
Level 56
Sep 28, 2017
Why isn't Nevada the Sagebrush State too?

Also, why isn't Arkansas the Land of Opportunity?

Level 82
Jul 14, 2018
It's a shame that the Mountain State isn't Montana, given that the state's name means "mountainous."
Level 83
Jul 25, 2018
Maine got kinda greedy on the slogan thing.
Level 59
Sep 21, 2018
Level 56
Sep 21, 2018
No offense but this is kind of the same thing I uploaded a few days before
Level 56
Sep 21, 2018
Like the only thing that is different is the order
Level ∞
Sep 21, 2018
This quiz was first created in 2012.
Level 56
Sep 25, 2018
Sorry I just thought that the update was the release
Level 61
Sep 24, 2018
Got everything but Illinois. What on Earth is a Peace Garden, btw? Why is Arkansas called the Natural State?
Level 79
Nov 9, 2018
There is a "Peace Garden" split between Canada and the US along the North Dakota border. I suppose it's North Dakota's answer to South Dakota being the Mount Rushmore state.

"Natural state" refers to the fact that Arkansas existed in nature and wasn't artificially claimed from the sea, which is the most interesting Arkansas fact I can think of.

Level 44
Jul 7, 2019
Missouri is the show me state because you get there and say "show me the way out"
Level 71
Sep 10, 2019
I was pretty sure that Illinois was the Land of Lincoln.
Level 45
Sep 17, 2020
I like how Wyoming is the "equality" state but also the most conservative
Level 60
Feb 20, 2021
I'm pretty sure that it's because it gave all women the right to vote before any other state. However, it is weird that Wyoming is now really conservative. 100+ years is a lot in politics, though...
Level 72
Feb 20, 2021
I knew about 28, but managed to guess all the others in time!!