New Hampshire State Facts, Symbols and History

New Hampshire Fast Facts

Capital: Consent (metro population) 42,392 (2008 est.)

New Hampshire Population: 1,320,718 ( 2012 Census) (42nd)

New Hampshire Quarter The New Hampshire Quarter is the ninth quarter released in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program.New Hampshire was admitted to the Union on June 21, 1788, becoming our Nation’s 9th State. The New Hampshire Quarter features one of its most unique natural attractions, “Old Man of the Mountain”. This distinctive rock formation was located on Mt. A gun in northern New Hampshire and depicted a distinct profile of an elderly man facing east. On May 3, 2003, this formation collapsed.The state motto, “Live free or die” and nine stars, which signify New Hampshire’s status as the ninth state to ratify the constitution, complete the design.

Language: English, others

Largest Cities: (by population) Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Derry, Rochester, Salem

Name: New Hampshire was named for Hampshire, England by Captain John Mason

Statehood: June 21, 1788 (9th state)

New Hampshire Symbols

  • Animal: white-tailed deer
  • Bird: purple finch
  • Butterfly: Blue Karner
  • Fish: char
  • Flag of New Hampshire
  • Flower: purple lilac color
  • Fruit: pumpkin
  • Gemstone: Smoky Quartz
  • Motto: “Live free or die”
  • Nicknames: (most used) Granite State
  • Song: “Old New Hampshire”
  • State seal
  • Wood: white birch

New Hampshire is part of the New England region. It borders the Canadian province of Quebec to the north, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Massachusetts to the south, and Vermont to the west. The area of New Hampshire is 24,239 km. New Hampshire has a population of 1,318,194 (2011 data).

The province of New Hampshire was founded in 1623 by British captain John Mason. During the Revolutionary War, New Hampshire became one of the thirteen colonies that rebelled against British rule and was the first state to declare its independence. The state capital, Concord, was formerly known as Rumford and Penacook.

New Hampshire is the only state in the US that legally allows not wearing seat belts in cars. (True, only for adults – from 16 years old).

Traditionally, the state’s industry is based on hydropower. In the 19th century, when intensive industrialization began in New Hampshire, big capital went into the flour milling, textile, and leather and footwear industries. At the end of the 20th century, mechanical engineering was replaced, as well as the production of electronics. Today the city of Nashua specializes in optics, Portsmouth in auto parts and marine vessels.

Dairy farming, poultry farming, greenhouse farms specializing in cranberries and blueberries dominate in agriculture.

The only ocean port is Portsmouth. A significant part of the population (up to 15%) is employed in the service and tourism sector.

New Hampshire State Symbols

New Hampshire State Facts, Symbols and History
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