New Hampshire State Facts and Symbols

New Hampshire became the 9th state in 1788 and is the 41st largest state by population with about 1.3 million residents. It is also the 44th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 9,350 square miles. New Hampshire is home to Manchester, which is the state's largest city with a population of approximately 108,000 people.

New Hampshire was named for Hampshire, England by Captain John Mason.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the New Hampshire State Quarter.

New Hampshire State Flag

New Hampshire State Flag

New Hampshire State Facts

New Hampshire State Capital - Concord

State Nickname - New Hampshire has four nicknames:
(The Granite State, the Mother of Rivers,
the White Mountain State and the Switzerland of America)

State Motto - "Live Free or Die"

State Flower - Purple Lilac

State Wildflower - Pink Lady's Slipper

State Tree - White Birch

State Bird - Purple Finch

State Butterfly - The Karner Blue or Melissa Blue

State Animal - White Tail Deer

State Dog - Chinook

State Freshwater Fish - Brook Trout

State Saltwater Game Fish - Striped Bass

State Insect - Ladybug

State Amphibian - Red-spotted Newt

State Mineral - Beryl

State Gemstone - Smoky Quartz

State Rock or Stone - Granite

State Fruit - Pumpkin

State Sport - Skiing

New Hampshire State Map:

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New Hampshire State Map

New Hampshire State Song:

Old New Hampshire
The words were written by Dr. John F. Holmes.
The music was composed by Maurice Hoffmann.

With a skill that knows no measure,
From the golden store of Fate
God, in His great love and wisdom,
Made the rugged Granite State;
Made the lakes, the fields, the forests;
Made the Rivers and the rills;
Made the bubbling, crystal fountains
Of New Hampshire’s Granite Hills


Old New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire
Old New Hampshire Grand and Great
We will sing of Old New Hampshire,
Of the dear old Granite State

Builded he New Hampshire glorious
From the borders to the sea;
And with matchless charm and splendor
Blessed her for eternity.
Hers, the majesty of mountain;
Hers, the grandeur of the lake;
Hers, the truth as from the hillside
Whence her crystal waters break


New Hampshire Honorary State Songs:

"New Hampshire, my New Hampshire"
Words by Julius Richelson and music by Walter P. Smith.

"New Hampshire Hills"
Words by Paul Scott Mowrer and music by Tom Powers.

"Autumn in New Hampshire"
Words and music by Leo Austin.

"New Hampshire’s Granite State"
Words and music by Anne B. Currier.

"Oh, New Hampshire (You’re My Home)"
Words and music by Brownie McIntosh.

"The Old Man of the Mountain"
Words and music by Paul Belanger.

"The New Hampshire State March"
Words and music by Rene Richards.

"New Hampshire Naturally"
Words and music by Rick Shaw and Ron Shaw.

New Hampshire State Quarter

New Hampshire State Quarter - FrontNew Hampshire State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)


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