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Manchester / New Hampshire State Statistics
New Hampshire State Flag
NEW HAMPSHIRE  
MANCHESTER  
AREA 9,351 sq miles (44th) (Land) 8,969 sq. miles (Water) 382 sq. miles
CAPITAL Concord
FAMOUS DATES Entered Union (rank): June 21, 1788 (9) , Present constitution adopted: 1784
LOCATION 43.231N, 071.560W
MEAN ELEVATION 1,000 ft.
HIGHEST POINT Mt. Washington; 6288 feet, 18th
LOWEST POINT Atlantic coast; sea level, 3rd
COUNTIES 10
COASTLINE 13 miles
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER Belknap
STATE FOSSIL  
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE  
STATE ROCK Conway Granite
STATE GEMSTONE Smokey Quartz
STATE FLAG New Hampshire's current flag design was officially adopted in 1909, and makes use of the state's seal, which dates back to 1775. That centered seal sits on a blue field, and features the frigate Raleigh (one of the first ships in the new nation's navy), surrounded by golden laurel leaves and nine stars.
STATE COLORS  
STATE SEAL New Hampshire's first seal, created in 1775, consisted of a pine tree, a fish, and a set of five arrows. The arrows stood for the five counties at the time, while the pine tree and fish represented the state's major economic resources. In 1784, when the state's new constitution became effective, the legislature decided to change the seal to keep up with the changing times. The coastal town of Portsmouth had become a thriving ship building center, and the legislature wanted to portray this industry. So, with a rising sun in the background, the new design would feature a ship on stocks. However, as time went on, this 1784 design became a victim of artists' whims and fancies. The scene continually changed. People appeared on docks, and barrels of rum materialized. In 1931, the legislature voted to regain control of the seal's design. Today, the seal is unchanging. The frigate Raleigh, one of the first ships that the Constitutional Congress authorized for the nation's navy, graces the center of the seal. The date on the bottom of the seal now reads 1776. The rum barrels are gone, the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean, and a wreath of laurel frames the entire scene.
STATE SLOGAN Go Away And Leave Us Alone
STATE MOTTO Live free or die
STATE SONG “Old New Hampshire” (1949) and “New Hampshire, My New Hampshire” (1963)
STATE TREE White Birch
STATE BIRD Purple Finch
STATE ANIMAL white-tailed deer (1983)
STATE FISH Brook Trout
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES Granite State
STATE FLOWER Purple Lilac
BORDERING STATES Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and the Canadian province of Quebec

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