Population: 1,356,458 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Derry
Borders: Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Canada, Atlantic Ocean
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $64,697 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including apples, eggs, dairy products, and cattle
Electronic equipment, plastics, machinery, and tourism
How New Hampshire got its name: New Hampshire was named by Captain John Mason after a city in England named Hampshire.
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New Hampshire State Symbols
State Nickname: Granite State
State Slogan: You're Going to Love it Here
State Motto: Live free or die
State flower: Purple lilac
State bird: Purple Finch
State fish: Brook trout (fresh water), Striped bass (salt water)
State tree: White Birch
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State foods: Pumpkin
Becoming a State
Date admitted: June 21, 1788
Number admitted: 9
Prior Name: Province of New Hampshire, then sovereign state in Confederation
Postal Abbreviation: NH
The Geography of New Hampshire
Total Size: 8,968 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Coos (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Belknap County approx. 3 miles east of Ashland (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 10 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Merrimack River, Connecticut River, Lake Winnipesaukee
- Dan Brown - Author of The Da Vinci Code
- Salmon Chase - Civil rights activist
- Robert Frost - Poet who lived in New Hampshire
- John Irving - Author who wrote The Cider House Rules
- Seth Meyers - Actor and comedian
- Franklin Pierce - The 14th President of the United States
- Alan Shepard - Astronaut
- Harlan Stone - Supreme Court justice
- Daniel Webster - Politician and lawyer
- New Hampshire was the first state to have its own state constitution.
- The top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire is said to have the worst weather on earth. A world record for wind speed was clocked here at 231 miles per hour!
- Many of Robert Frost's famous poems were inspired by New Hampshire.
- New Hampshire is one of the first states to hold presidential primaries.
- The state was named by Captain John Mason after Hampshire county in England.
- The motto 'Live Free or Die' comes from a statement made by General John Stark in 1809.
- There is literally tons of granite that comes from New Hampshire. 30,000 tons was used to build the Library of Congress.
- The first free public library was formed here in 1833.
- Another nickname for the state is Mother of Rivers.
Professional Sports Teams
There are no major professional sports teams in New Hampshire.
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