Can You Name This State From a Single Picture?

By: Bri O.
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There may be just 50 states from which to choose, but distinguishing New Jersey from Rhode Island may not be as easy as it seems. Play on to find out how you compare!

Fewer than one million people live in this interesting state, which happens to be the only one that doesn't apply state sales or individual income taxes. Alaska is home to the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. Now named Denali, the peak used to be Mount McKinley.

Iowa officially joined the union and became a recognized state in 1846. The Eastern Goldfinch is the state bird. It's nicknamed the Hawkeye State, which also happens to be the mascot of one the state's largest universities. The state is bordered by rivers on both the eastern and western sides.

While Las Vegas has the highest population in the state and attracts the most out-of-state tourism, Nevada's capital is Carson City. The state has no major sports teams. With more than 300 hot springs, Nevada has more springs than any other state. It's also the driest state, receiving an average of just 9.5 inches of rainfall each year.

The seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was from South Carolina, which was also the first state to secede from the Union and where the first battle of the Civil War took place. The state is also home to the first-ever museum in the U.S.

Actor Channing Tatum is from Alabama as are singers Nat King Cole and Lionel Richie. Alabama is also the state where the first-ever 911 call took place.

Current Vice President Mike Pence held the Indiana Governor's Seat from 2013 until 2017. Out of all the cities in the world, Wabash, Indiana, was the first one to ever be electrically lighted.

Nebraska's state motto is: "Equality before the law." It's the only state with a unicameral legislative system, which means it has one chamber rather than both a House and Senate.

Also known as the Ocean State, Rhode Island has no major sports teams and a population of just over one million residents. There are only five counties in the entire state. Rhode Island is not much larger than 1,000 square miles.

California has a population nearing 40 million residents and is nicknamed the Golden State. The state is also home to the first-ever McDonald's.

Out of the 50 states, Louisiana is the only one that follows the Napoleonic Code rather than English Common Law. Napoleon's legal system was developed based on common sense and influenced by Roman law, whereas English Common Law is based primarily on legal theories and principles.

Dubbed the "Land of Enchantment," New Mexico lawmakers do not receive salaries. It's the only state to do this, but legislators are offered substantial pensions in return for their service.

Texas was the first state to ever execute someone by lethal injection. Nicknamed the "Lone Star State," it was its own sovereign nation between 1836 and 1845. Texas entered the union in 1845.

Arizona is most famous for being home to Grand Canyon National Park. At the bottom of the Grand Canyon, there is a small village named Supai where mail is delivered by donkey.

Kansas is nicknamed the "Sunflower State." It has no major sports teams and the majority of the state is plains and farmland.

With a state motto of "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire is serious about justice. The state is home to the first-ever U.S. free public library funded by taxes. New Hampshire is also the location of the first primary election for every presidential election cycle.

According to South Dakota's state motto, "Under God the people rule," so it must be true... Its state song is "Hail! South Dakota." The "Coyote State" is also home to Mount Rushmore.

In Arkansas, "The People Rule," or at least according to the state motto they do. The "Natural State" is home to the first-ever Walmart store and will go down in history as the first state to elect a female senator.

The Bluegrass State has a noble motto, claiming "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." The state is home to the Kentucky Derby, which is the oldest annual horse racing event in the country.

Home to Atlantic City, New Jersey is referred to as the "Diner Capital of the World." There is a 15-foot-tall statue of a tooth located in Trenton, the State's capital.

Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," Tennessee is home to Dollywood, Graceland, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Beale Street Historic District. Graceland, Elvis Presley's former home, is located in Memphis.

Colorado is home to "The Mile High City" (Denver), named as such because it sits exactly one mile (5,250 feet) above sea level. In 2012, Colorado became one of the first states to legalize recreational adult-use cannabis/marijuana.

In 1912, L.L. Bean started up in Freeport, Maine. The Pine Tree State has a population of around 1.4 million strong and no major sports teams.

Home to the largest salt water lake in the entire Western Hemisphere, Utah is one of just two states that prohibits all forms of gambling. This could potentially be explained by the 62 percent of residents who identify as Mormon or are part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Nicknamed the "First State," Delaware's motto is "Liberty and Independence." There are just three counties in the entire state, and it's one of five states that do not levy a sales tax.

New Ashford, MA, is home to the one-room schoolhouse where the first woman ever voted in a national election. The state is also where Martha's Vineyard can be found.

In Sioux, Dakota means "ally" or "friend." Around 750,000 people live in North Dakota.

Nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents," Virginia has no major sports teams, but has been home to eight presidents. It's also home to the largest office space in the world, the Pentagon, located in Arlington.

Home of the first-ever public pay phone, the Constitution State has a population around 3.5 million strong. Connecticut has no major sports teams, but it has seven Division I schools.

Maryland has a unique motto, "Manly deeds, womanly words." The state is home to Annapolis, the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy.

Around 10 million people live in the Tar Heel State, with a motto that reads: "To be, rather than to seem." Krispy Kreme Doughnuts originally started out in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1937.

Vermont's state motto, "Freedom and Unity," is something Ben and Jerry's, a company known for its ethical employment practices, can likely get behind, as they got their start in an old gas station located in Burlington, VT. The state's largest city has a population of fewer than 43,000 residents.

The Sunshine State's motto also appears on U.S. currency, "In God We Trust." Around 20 million people populate Florida. Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Orlando are the highest populated cities in the state.

Another state with a uniquely interesting motto, Michigan's reads "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." It's nicknamed the "Wolverine State" and has more lighthouses than any other state, coming in at around 150.

Ohio's motto is "With God, all things are possible." The Buckeye State is home to the first-ever U.S. traffic signal system and soccer-specific stadium.

The largest man-made island in the world, named Harbor Island, is located in Seattle's Duwamish Waterway. Seattle is also home to the first-ever Starbucks.

Georgia's state motto is "Wisdom, justice,and moderation." Whether or not the Peach State government abides by this is debatable. In 1836, Georgia became the state with the first-ever women's college in the world, called Wesleyan College.

The largest shopping mall in the U.S., The Mall of America, is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Dubbed the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," the state actually has nearly 12,000 lakes.

There are upwards of 200 man-made lakes in Oklahoma, making it the state with the most artificial lakes in the U.S. Oklahoma is where the shopping cart and original parking meter were invented.

The Mountain State's motto is"Mountaineers are always free," but its highest peak measures in at just 4,863 feet and there are no national parks. West Virginia's population is coming up on 2 million residents, with the highest concentration of people living in Charleston, the state capital.

In 1955, Arco, Idaho, became the first city in the entire world to use atomic energy for lighting. Idaho's gorgeous Shoshone Falls is 45 feet taller than Niagara Falls.

The Show-Me State's motto is "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law." Whether or not they follow this motto is debatable. There are upwards of 6,000 caves throughout MO.

Pennsylvania is host to the Little League World Series every year. With 17 championships, Taiwan has the most wins.

In 1869, Wyoming gave women the right to vote, becoming the first state to do so and earning the nickname, "The Equality State." Wyoming is home to the majority of Yellowstone National Park.

The Aloha State is home to Nobel Prize winner and 44th U.S. President, Barak Obama. Along with Arizona, Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

With a population of nearly 3 million residents, the Magnolia State is where the first-ever human lung transplant took place (1963). Greenwood, Mississippi, has been dubbed the "Cotton Capital of the World."

The Beaver State is home to the deepest lake in the U.S., measuring in at maximum depth of nearly 2,000 feet. Oregon was the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Wisconsin's state beverage is milk and its state domestic animal is the dairy cow. The Badger State's unofficial nickname is the "Dairy State." The blender was born in Wisconsin, which also happens to be the home of the Hamburger Hall of Fame.

The Prairie State, also known as the Land of Lincoln, is home to one of the largest cities in the U.S., Chicago, which is commonly called the Windy City. Illinois is also home to the world's first-ever sky scrapper, which was just 10 stories at the time (1885).

The first woman to ever be elected to the House of Representatives, Jeannette Rankin, was voted in by the people of Montana. The state is notorious for its extreme temperature swings, with the largest swing coming in at 103 degrees, going from -54 to 49 degrees in 24 hours.

With a population nearing 20 million people, New York is allotted 29 Electoral College votes. The state is home to the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, Times Square, and is ground zero for the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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