If We Show You a State Outline, Can You Give Us Its Abbreviation?

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Jody Mabry

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You were always a geography ace. In fact, you've likely been to every state in the Union, including the outliers Alaska and Hawaii. So, you've been there done that, but how much do you really know about state abbreviations? You see them in the mail, in articles and even when you're reading books, but can you recollect all of them. 

From the A's such as Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, and Alaska it's easy to confuse which is which. Is Arizona AR or AZ? Is Arkansas AR or AK? Do you know what North Dakota looks like compared to South Dakota? You better if you want to figure out how to abbreviate the state name. Do you know how Okies or Cornhuskers abbreviate their states? How about the famous faces of Ben and Jerry (ice cream - duh), how would they send out their address? 

From original colonies, famous people, landmarks, and their outlines we give you the clues to help figure out which state is which and how they are abbreviated. What's your reward? A pat on the back, bragging rights and of course a fun little fact. So, let's see how much you remember about your elementary state knowledge. We bet you do better than you think you will!

What is this big state's abbreviation?

Texas is the 2nd-largest state in the United States. It is home to about 27 million people and its capital city is Austin.

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What is the abbreviation of this Northeastern state?

Maine is the northeast-most state in the United States. Its capital is Augusta and its largest city is Portland. It became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.

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What is the abbreviation of this odd-shaped state?

The capital of Maryland is Annapolis and its biggest city is Baltimore. Its abbreviation is MD and it became a state on April 28, 1788.

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Do you know the abbreviation of this potato state?

The capital and largest city of Idaho is Boise. Idaho became a state in 1890 and is the 14th-largest state in the United States.

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Vegas, Carson City, you can't gamble here unless you know the abbreviation. Do you?

Nevada's capital city is Carson City, while its largest city is Las Vegas. Originally part of Mexican territory, Nevada became part of the United States in 1861.

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Do you know the peach state's abbreviation?

The capital of Georgia is Atlanta. Abbreviated GA, the state was founded on January 2, 1788.

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This odd-looking state has stunning landscapes, do you know its abbreviation?

West Virginia is abbreviated WV. Though once part of Virginia, it became its own state in 1863. Its capital and largest city is Charleston.

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What's the abbreviation for this bayou state?

Louisiana is nicknamed the Pelican State. It was the 18th state to become part of the United States and its capital is Baton Rouge.

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This big-city state is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world. What's the states abbreviation?

The state of New York is abbreviated as NY. Its capital is Albany and it officially became a state on July 26, 1788.

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Why, why, why can't people remember this state's abbreviation? Do you know?

Wyoming is the state with the fewest people in the U.S. with approximately 576,412 people. Its capital and biggest city is Cheyenne.

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Do you know this northern state's abbreviation?

North Dakota is inhabited by more than 642,000 people. Its capital city is Bismark while its largest city is Fargo.

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Do you know the abbreviation of this old colony?

New Hampshire's capital is Concord, while its largest city is Manchester. It is located in the New England region of the United States.

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It was one of the first 13 colonies, do you know the abbreviation?

Nicknamed the Bay State, Massachusetts is located in the Northeast and borders the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire! Its capital and largest city is Boston.

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You don't have to be a mile high to know the abbreviation for this state?

Colorado became a state in 1876. It is the first state in US history to have legalized the use and possession of marijuana.

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It was the first colony, do you know this states abbreviation?

Delaware is sometimes called the First State because it was the first colony to accept the new constitution in 1787. Its capital is Dover.

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Charleston is one of America's prettiest cities, but do you know the abbreviation of it's state?

The capital of South Carolina is Columbia, though back from 1670 - 1789 it was Charleston. It is home to about 4.2 million people.

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Known as the Bluegrass state, do you know the abbreviation?

The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort, and its largest city is Louisville. It is nicknamed the Bluegrass State because of a special kind of grass that grows there.

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Do you know the name of this Buckeye state?

The Buckeye State, Ohio became part of the United States on March 1, 1803. There have been seven American presidents from Ohio: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding.

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Philadelphia plays an important role in America's history, do you know it's state's abbreviation?

Pennsylvania is located in the northeastern part of the country. It has a border with Ohio on the west, West Virginia on the south and west, Maryland and Delaware on the south, New Jersey on the east and New York and Lake Erie on the north.

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How would you abbreviate this state bordering the Great Lakes?

Indiana is located in the Midwestern and Great Lakes region of the United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis.

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Do you know the abbreviation for this farming state?

The Hawkeye State, Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines.

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Do you remember the Garden State's abbreviation?

Nicknamed the Garden State, New Jersey is located along the East Coast of the United States. Its capital is Trenton while its largest city is Newark. It is the 4th-smallest state.

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What is the Magnolia State's abbreviation?

Mississippi's capital and largest city is Jackson. The state flower and tree are the magnolia.

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Do you know the abbreviation to one of the country's smallest states?

Connecticut is the 48th largest, or shall we say 3rd smallest US state. Its capital is Hartford and it became part of the US on January 9, 1788.

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Have you ever been to the last frontier? Try to figure out this state's abbreviation!

Alaska is the largest state in the United States, though it is the 4th least populated! Its capital is Juneau. "Juneau the capital of Alaska?"

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Do you know the abbreviation of Big Sky Country?

Montana is located in the Northwest region of the United States. It is the 4th-largest state with its capital Helena. Montana shares a 545 mile border with Canada.

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This state is right on Lake Michigan, do you the abbreviation?

The capital of Michigan is Lansing, while the largest city is Detroit. The state is made up of two peninsulas which are connected by the Mackinac Bridge.

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It's the only island state, but do you know how to abbreviate it?

Hawaii was the last state to join the United States. it officially became a state on August 21, 1959. The capital and largest city is Honolulu.

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This state is known for the Razorbacks, do you remember its abbreviation?

Arkansas was the 25th state to join the Union in 1836. Its capital and largest city is Little Rock.

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If you're an Okie, you abbreviate your state as...

The Sooner State, Oklahoma, became part of the United States on November 16, 1907. Its population is around 3.7 million people.

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What's the Cornhusker state's abbreviation?

Nebraska is a state in the center of the United States. Its capital is Lincoln and the largest city is Omaha. It is known for its agriculture, especially beef and corn.

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The capital of this state is Jefferson City, but do you know the state's abbreviation?

Missouri officially became a state on August 10, 1821. Its capital is Jefferson City and it is inhabited by more than 5.5 million people.

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Mooo! Do you know the Dairy state's abbreviation?

The capital of Wisconsin is Madison. It became a state on May 29, 1848 and its current governor is Scott Walker.

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Do you know the abbreviation of the state where you can find Ben and Jerry?

Known as The Green Mountain State, Vermont became a state on March 4, 1791. It is home to only about 625,000 people.

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Do you know the Husky state's abbreviation?

The state of Washington is located in the Northwest section of the country. It is north of Oregon, west of Idaho, east of the Pacific Ocean, and south of British Columbia, and has more than 6.7 million residents.

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Go Tide, but how would they abbreviate their state?

Alabama became a state on December 14, 1819. Its capital is Montgomery and its largest city is Birmingham.

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This state is home to the Grand Canyon. Is the abbreviation as grand?

Home of The Grand Canyon, Arizona is located in Southwestern United States. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix.

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Do you know the state abbreviation for Nashville?

Tennessee is known as The Volunteer State. Its capital is Nashville, which is also the country music center of America.

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If you lived next to Mount Rushmore, what would your state's abbreviation be?

Home of Mount Rushmore, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. Its capital is Pierre and largest city is Sioux Falls.

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Can you recall the abbreviation for this tiny state?

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country. Its capital and largest city is Providence and the state is home to about 1 million people.

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