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Encyclopedia > List of U.S. state mottos

Here is a list of state mottos for the states of the United States. To promote tourism, states also establish state slogans, which are unofficial and change more often than state mottos. A separate list of U.S. state slogans is also available, as well as a list of U.S. state nicknames. For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states which have membership of the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty. ... “Tourist” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This is a list of U.S. state nicknames -- both official and traditional (official state nicknames are in bold). ...


Mottos for countries are listed separately. Image:Antigua and barbuda coa. ...

State Motto Translation (If applicable) Year & Citation
Alabama Audemus jura nostra defendere (Latin, We Dare Defend Our Rights) 1939[1][2]
Alaska North to the future
Arizona Ditat Deus (Latin, God enriches)
Arkansas Regnat populus (Latin, The people rule)
California Eureka (Greek, I have found it) [3]
Colorado Nil sine numine (Latin, Nothing without Providence or Nothing without the Deity)
Connecticut Qui transtulit sustinet (Latin, He who transplanted sustains)
Delaware Liberty and justice
Florida In God we trust
Georgia Wisdom, justice, and moderation
Hawaii Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono (Hawaiian, The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Idaho Esto perpetua (Latin, Let it be perpetual)
Illinois State sovereignty, national union
Indiana The crossroads of America
Iowa Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
Kansas Ad astra per aspera (Latin, To the stars through adversity)
Kentucky English: United we stand, divided we fall
Latin: Deo gratiam habeamus

(Latin, Let us be grateful to God
1942
2002[4]
Louisiana Union, justice, et confidence (French, Union, justice, and confidence)
Maine Dirigo (Latin, "I direct")
Maryland Fatti maschi, parole femmine (Italian, Manly deeds, womanly words)
Massachusetts Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin, By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
Michigan Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice
Tuebor
(Latin, If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
(Latin, I will be defended)
Minnesota L'étoile du Nord (Official state motto)
Quae sursum volo videre (Territorial motto never repealed)
(French, The star of the North)
(Latin, I long to see what is beyond)
Mississippi Virtute et armis (Latin, By valor and arms)
Missouri Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin, The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law)
Montana Oro y plata (Spanish, Gold and silver)
Nebraska Equality before the law
Nevada All for our country
New Hampshire Live free or die
New Jersey Liberty and prosperity
New Mexico Crescit eundo (Latin, It grows as it goes)
New York Excelsior (Latin, Ever Upward!)
North Carolina Esse quam videri (Latin, To be rather than to seem)
North Dakota Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable
Strength from the soil
Daniel Webster quote used on the Great Seal
Motto used on the Coat of Arms
Ohio With God, all things are possible
Oklahoma Labor omnia vincit (Latin, Labor conquers all things)
Oregon Alis volat propriis, and The Union (Latin, She flies with her own wings)
Pennsylvania Freedom, liberty, and independence
Rhode Island Love
South Carolina Dum spiro spero (Latin, While I breathe, I hope) 1777[5][6]
Animis opibusque parati (Latin, Ready in soul and resource)
South Dakota Under God the people rule
Tennessee Agriculture and commerce
Texas Friendship
Utah Industry
Vermont Freedom and United
Virginia Sic semper tyrannis (Latin, Thus always to tyrants)
Washington Al-ki (unofficial) (Chinook Jargon, By and by) [7]
West Virginia Montani semper liberi (Latin, Mountaineers are always free)
Wisconsin Forward
Wyoming Equal rights

This article is about the U.S. State. ... Audemus jura nostra defendere (Latin We Dare Defend Our Rights or We Dare Maintain Our Rights) is a state motto of Alabama, depicted on a yellow ribbon below the coat of arms and completed in 1923. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... The official motto of the State of Alaska, North to the Future, was adopted by the legislature during Alaskas Purchase Centennial in 1967. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Ditat Deus (Latin God enriches) is a state motto of Arizona. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Largest metro area Little Rock Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... Regnat populus (Latin The people rule) is a state motto of Arkansas. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Eureka (Eureka!, or Heureka; Greek (later ); IPA: (modern Greek), (ancient Greek, both former and later forms), Anglicised as ) is a famous exclamation attributed to Archimedes. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Nil sine numine (Latin Nothing without God) is a state motto of Colorado. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Nil sine numine (Latin Nothing without God) is a state motto of Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... Great Seal of Connecticut with the state motto Qui Transtulit Sustinet Qui transtulit sustinet (Latin He who transplanted sustains, also He Who Transplanted Still Sustains or He Who Transplanted Continues to Sustain) is a state motto of Connecticut depicted on a blue ribbon below the grapevines. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State of Delaware. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... For other uses, see In God We Trust (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... The state motto is also used on the official HawaiÊ»i state seal. ... The Hawaiian language is an Austronesian language that takes its name from HawaiÊ»i, the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago where it developed. ... Official language(s) English [1] Capital Boise Largest city Boise Largest metro area Boise metropolitan area Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq mi (216,632 km²)  - Width 305 miles (491 km)  - Length 479 miles (771 km)  - % water 0. ... Esto perpetua (Latin Let it be perpetual) is a state motto of Idaho. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) English[2] Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Ad astra is a Latin phrase meaning to the stars. It is used as, or as part of, the motto of many organizations. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... The state motto of Kentucky, United we stand, divided we fall, was from a popular 1768 tune entitled the Liberty Song, by John Dickinson. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... Dirigo (Latin I direct or I lead) is the state motto of Maine. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 101 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... Fatti maschii, parole femine, Marylands state motto, appears on the Great Seal of Maryland. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin By the sword she seeks peace under liberty) is a state motto of Massachusetts, adopted in 1775. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Largest metro area Metro Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice (Latin If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you) is a state motto of Michigan, adopted in 1835 and said to have been suggested by the tribute to architect Christopher Wren at Saint Pauls Cathedral in London, which reads Si monumentum requiris, circumspice... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Polaris is not exactly at the celestial pole, as this time-exposure photo shows. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Virtute et armis (Latin By virtue and arms) is a state motto of Mississippi, accepted as an element of the state seal. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin Let the good of the people be the supreme law or The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law) is a state motto of Missouri, accepted, like many other states, as an element of its state seal. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26N to 49°N  - Longitude 104°2W to 116°2W Population  Ranked... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,350 sq mi (24,217 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 4. ... Live Free or Die in the State Emblem Live Free or Die is the official motto of New Hampshire, adopted by the General Court in 1945. ... “NJ” redirects here. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Great Seal of New Mexico with the motto crescit eundo. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Great Seal of North Carolina with the state motto esse quam videri. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable is a famous quote of Daniel Webster from his Second Reply to Haynes given on the Senate floor in 1830. ... Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852), was a leading American statesman during the nations antebellum era. ... The Great Seal of North Dakota is the official seal of the state of North Dakota. ... The Coat of Arms of North Dakota is probably the most obscure symbol of North Dakota. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... With God, all things are possible is the state motto of the U.S. state of Ohio. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Largest metro area Oklahoma City metro area Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,898 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Labor omnia vincit is a common Latin phrase and the state motto of Oklahoma. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... Alis volat propriis is a Latin phrase meaning “She flies with her own wings”, and is the state motto of Oregon. ... The Union can refer to: The unity or disunity of the United Kingdom, especially in constitutional debates in Ireland, Scotland and Wales The federal government of the United States of America. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude... Dum spiro spero (Latin While I breathe, I hope) is the state motto of South Carolina, adopted in 1776. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Animis opibusque parati (Latin prepared in mind and resources) is one of the state mottos of South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more humans. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  Ranked 45th  - Total 9,620 sq mi (24,923 km²)  - Width 80 miles (130 km)  - Length 160 miles (260 km)  - % water 3. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Great Seal of Virginia with the state motto. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... Chinook Jargon was a trade language (or pidgin) of the Pacific Northwest, which spread quickly up the West Coast from Oregon, through Washington, British Columbia, and as far as Alaska. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... The Great Seal of West Virginia with the state motto found at the bottom. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42° 30′ N to 47° 05′ N  - Longitude 86° 46′ W to 92° 53′ W Population  Ranked... Official language(s) English Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Area  Ranked 10th  - Total 97,818 sq mi (253,348 km²)  - Width 280 miles (450 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 0. ... Equal Rights is the state motto of Wyoming. ...

Insular Areas and DC

Jurisdiction Motto Translation (If applicable)
American Samoa Samoa, Muamua Le Atua (Samoan, Samoa, Let God be First)
Washington D.C. Justitia Omnibus (Latin, Justice for all)
Puerto Rico Joannes Est Nomen Eius (Latin, John is his name) In honor of San Juan, i.e. John the Baptist
Guam Where America's Day Begins
Virgin Islands United in Pride and Hope

Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... St. ...

References

  1. ^ Official Alabama Motto. Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History (2006-04-27). Retrieved on 2007-03-19.
  2. ^ Official Alabama State Coat of Arms. Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History (2006-04-27). Retrieved on 2007-03-19.
  3. ^ According to Official state law. Accessed February 26, 2007.
  4. ^ Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  5. ^ SC Statehouse Student's web page, State Mottos. Retrieved on 2007-07-23.
  6. ^ SC Statehouse Student's web page, State Seal. Retrieved on 2007-07-23.
  7. ^ Symbols of Washington State. Washington State Legislature. Retrieved on 2007-03-11.

 
 

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