Do You Know These Fun Random Facts About US States?


By: John Miller

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The United States was founded on July 4, 1776, and once the young nation had earned its independence from Britain in the American Revolution, it slowly began adding new states. Now, there are 50 states, and -- excluding the Dakotas -- they are all quite different from one another. In this trivia-heavy quiz, do you think you know enough about the states to identify the following facts?

It’s the “Sooner State,” and it was the setting of some of the most iconic moments of the Wild West. And each year, it seems this area is beset by incredibly powerful tornadoes that kill residents and ruin towns. Do you know this famous state? It is, of course, Oklahoma. 

It is called the “Land of Enchantment,” and it’s the setting of the hit TV show “Breaking Bad.” Its famous artsy communities, like Taos and Santa Fe, draw artists from all over the world. And it was also home to the Trinity Test, the first successful atomic bomb detonation in world history. Did you know that we’re referring to New Mexico?

Do you really think you know the differences between the Carolinas? How about the Virginias? Or even the Dakotas? Are you pretty sure that Iowa and Nebraska are the same state?

Tap into your brain’s store of national trivia now! In this quiz, we’ll find out if you’re a real American or if you should be immediately deported to Russia.

Which state is known as "The Last Frontier"?

Alaska is a far-flung state where wilderness sprawls seemingly forever. It is "The Last Frontier" state.


More movies have been made in this state than any other. Which state is it?

Home to Hollywood, California has served as a filming location for more movies than any other state. Each year, hundreds of big productions take place there.


Billionaire investor Warren Buffett calls which state home?

Buffett is the "Oracle of Omaha," the super-smart and super-rich guy from Nebraska. He's famously chummy with another filthy-rich dude -- Bill Gates.


Which famous event occurred in Arizona?

In 1881, the town of Tombstone, Arizona was witness to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the most famous Wild West scuffle ever. The bloody conflict lasted just 30 seconds, but its legacy will stand forever.


Idaho is famous for which product?

Idaho is famously famous for potatoes. This single state produces about one-third of the country's potato crop.


You'll find the spectacular Niagara Falls in which state?

Niagara Falls spews about 750,000 gallons of water every second of the day. It straddles the border between Canada and New York.


Which famous author was born in Maine?

Stephen King, the master horror writer, was born in Maine. Fittingly, many of his stories feature Maine settings.


In which state would you find Disney World?

It's 40 square miles of fun, an iconic of capitalistic entertainment: Disney World. And it is found in Orlando, Florida.


Frontiersman Davy Crockett died at the Battle of the Alamo, which took place in which state?

At the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, Texan defenders, including the famous Davy Crockett, were trapped and then slaughtered by Mexican troops. "Remember the Alamo" became a rallying cry for troops in future battles.


Louisiana has the country's tallest state Capitol building. How tall is it?

The Louisiana State Capitol is an impressive sight -- 450 feet tall. It was completed in 1932 at a cost of $5 million.


Where is the world's biggest flattop mountain?

Colorado's Grand Mesa is impressive sight -- the biggest flattop mountain on Earth. It is more than 10,000 feet high and sprawls for hundreds of square miles.


Abraham Lincoln was born in which state?

The Great Emancipator and savior of the Union, Abe Lincoln, was born in Kentucky. Coincidentally, his Civil War rival, Jefferson Davis, was also born in Kentucky.


It is home to Mt. Washington, one of the windiest places in America. Which state is it?

Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, is notorious for its bad weather, including incredibly high winds. In 1931, a weather station there recorded a wind speed of more than 230 mph.


Paul Revere, John Hancock, Susan B. Anthony and Benjamin Franklin were all born in which state?

Massachusetts has more than its fair share of famous natives. People like Ben Franklin became worldwide icons during their lifetimes.


North Carolina was home to which iconic event?

In 1903, the Wright brothers conducted the first controlled, manned flight of a powered aircraft in North Carolina. Their newfangled contraption revolutionized world travel and transport.


Alabama is the home state of which iconic person, who triumphed over severe disability?

In 1880, in a town called Tuscumbia, Alabama, Helen Keller was born both blind and deaf. A dedicated teacher named Anne Sullivan helped Keller triumph over her isolation and become a famous activist and writer.


The sunflower is the official flower of which state?

Kansas is a sunny place brimming with commercial sunflower farms, often sprawling as far as the eye can see. Sunflowers are the state's official flower.


Yellowstone National Park does NOT extend into which state?

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is America's oldest national park. It's in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho … but not Colorado.


Which ultra-famous first lady was born in Illinois?

In 1947, Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago. She later ran for president and lost to Donald Trump.


Which state was named in honor of a president?

The people of Washington state were so enamored with the Father of the Nation that they named their state after George Washington. It became a state in 1889.


Missouri was the birthplace of which sarcastic writer?

Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel Clemens, was born in Florida, Missouri, in 1835. He became a wry observer of American culture.


Utah is well-known for its ______ population.

In the 1840s, Mormons flooded the area of Utah and settled the lands. The state's politics and culture are dominated by Mormon ideals and influences.


Which state was granted statehood in the middle of the American Civil War?

It was a state torn apart by the strife of the Civil War, straddling the North and the South. President Lincoln granted West Virginia statehood in 1863, even as the war raged, a true power move against the Confederacy.


Where was famous musician John Denver born?

Sure, he sang the famous tune "Rocky Mountain High," but Denver actually wasn't from Colorado. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1943, and maybe that's why he looked a little bit like an extraterrestrial.


After Alaska, which state has the lowest population density?

Wyoming is a massive -- and virtually human-free -- state. There are only about six people per square mile.


Rhode Island is the smallest state. About how long does it take to travel the length of Interstate 95 in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, Interstate 95 covers about 43 miles. So at low highway speed (not 90 mph, you lead-footed maniac), it takes about three-quarters of an hour to go from one part of the state to the other.


Iowa was the birthplace of which iconic actor?

In 1907, a baby boy named Marion Mitchell Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa. He was better known by his Hollywood name -- John Wayne.


Baltimore, Maryland was the setting of which famous TV show?

"The Wire" portrayed the hazards of crime and law enforcement in Baltimore. The show is often hailed as one of the best in the history of television.


Vermont comes from a French phrase that means what?

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state. Its name originates with the French phrase "vert mont," which means "green mountain."


Ohio is the only state with a ______ state flag.

All 49 other states have rectangular flags … but Ohio got freaky. The flag's unusual swallowtail %0Dshape is accentuated by the jumble of odd shapes found in the banner's pattern.


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