50 Fun Facts about the States for Kids

50 Fun Facts about the 50 States


  1. The world’s tallest roller coaster is Kingda Ka located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
  2. The 1st US capital was New York City.
  3. The center of the United States is located in Castle Rock South Dakota.
  4. Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
  5. The wettest place in the world is Mount Waialeale Hawaii, the average rainfall is 373.83 inches a year!
  6. California grows more food than any other US city.
  7. Jimmy Carter was the 1st US president to be born in a hospital.  He was born October 1, 1924 in Georgia.
  8. The hottest temperature recorded was in Death Valley California on July 10, 1913.  It was 134 degrees!
  9. The world’s largest silver nugget was found in Colorado in 1894.  It was 1,800-2,000 pounds!
  10. Montana has 3 times as many cows as people.
  11. There are three US towns named Santa Claus.  There are located in Georgia, Arizona and Indiana.
  12. Alaska is the largest state, it is twice as big as Texas.
  13. Alaska has 3 million lakes, 29 volcanoes and more than 100,000 glaciers.
  14. The state of Florida is larger than England.
  15. California holds the record for the most amusement parks.  They has 30!
  16. Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the US.
  17. Delaware is known as the 1st  State. 
  18. The oldest public school was opened in 1635 in Boston Massachusetts .
  19. Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are the presidents whose faces are carved into the mountain. 
  20. Hershey Pennsylvania is known as the “sweetest place on earth.” It is where Hershey chocolates are made..
  21. Washington State is the only state named after a president.
  22. Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. They have 64!
  23. The first Thanksgiving in North America was in Virginia in 1619.
  24. The first state to give women the right to vote was in Wyoming .
  25. Kansas has the largest population of wild Prairie Chickens in the US.
  26. The headquarters of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) is located in Connecticut.
  27. Wisconsin is known as the dairy capital of the US. It produces more than 23 billion pounds of milk every year that’s more than any other state.
  28. Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894 in Vicksburg Mississippi.
  29. The only active diamond mine in the US is located in Arkansas.
  30. The largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe is located in Minnesota inside the Mall of America the countries largest mall.
  31. Tongass National Forest located in Alaska is the largest forest in the US.   It is approximately 16,800,000 acres!
  32. Arkansas grows more rice than any other state. In 2012 Arkansas produced 5.78 millions tons of rice!
  33. California has 19 sports teams.  That is more than any other state.
  34. Star Dune located in Colorado is the tallest sand dune in the US.  It is 750 feet tall!
  35. Florida has the most lightning strikes in the US. 70% of all their lightning strikes occur between 12PM-6PM.
  36. Idaho has the largest man-made geyser.  It shoots water up 150 feet high!
  37. The Willis Tower in Chicago Illinois is the tallest building in the US.  It is 1,451 feet tall.  It is the 9th tallest building in the world!
  38. More eggs are produce in Iowa than any other state.  They produce more than 14.6 billion eggs per year!
  39. Dodge City Kansas is the windiest city in the US.  Average wind speed is 14 miles per hr.
  40. The US most popular horse race is the Kentucky Derby located at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.
  41. Louisiana is the state with the most alligators. There are about 2 million alligators that live in Louisiana with approximately 1.5 million living in the wild.
  42. America’s oldest state fair is located in Maine.  The first Skowhegan State Fair was held in 1819 one year before Maine became a state.
  43. America’s oldest airport is located in Maryland.  It was founded by the Wright brothers in 1909.
  44. The US largest dinosaur display is located in Utah.  The Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi Utah has 60 complete dinosaur skeletons on display.
  45. The US state with the longest train tunnel is Washington.  The Cascade Tunnels is 7.8 miles long.
  46. The largest water park is Noah’s Ark located in Wisconsin.
  47. The longest steel arch bridge is located in Fayetteville, West Virginia.  It is 1,700 feet long!
  48. Texas holds the record for having the countries tallest ferris wheel.  It is 212 feet tall.
  49. Rhode Island is home of the countries oldest temple.  The Touro Synagogue was opened in 1763.
  50. Barack Obama out nations first African American president was born in Hawaii.