Can You Guess The State from Emojis?

Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

Emojis are the new hieroglyphics of this digital age, it seems. Avid social media users, especially people who love to chat, use shortcuts in place of words or images. And that is when the emoticon was born. Soon enough, this world of instant messaging developed in leaps and bounds, and the once-known emoticon is now termed as emojis.

But what they communicate is basically the same.  Emojis serve as shortcuts for some words, phrases or even thoughts. Emojis serve as visual representations of varied things outside the internet, reinterpreted in smaller, understandable, quickly-communicated small icons. There is practically an emoji for each emotion you are feeling -- and they have been inventing new ones each year! Thus, the possibilities of using emojis to communicate is virtually endless.

So why not have fun with it by using several combinations of emojis to serve as visual clues? This time, the clues are for guessing the names of the U.S. states referred to by the combination of these emoticons. They might pertain to the state's nicknames, a wordplay-kind of emoji combination to spell out the state's name, or alluding to what they're essentially known for, thanks to several key cities within their state limits. If you know your U.S. geography, this is a cinch! 

So, try it! Have a great trip!

What state do you think this is?

Did you guess Texas for this one? Way to go, Lone Star State fan!

How about this one?

That is indeed Kansas, being the Sunflower State. That flower is their official flower.

And this one?

Indeed, Virginia gave birth to so many U.S. statesmen and presidents. Some were Founding Fathers, too!

What about this one?

Montana is the Treasure State, as shown in this emoji. That's because the state is very abundant when it comes to supplies of different mineral reserves.

How about this emoji?

This is about the state of Maine. Its capital city is Augusta.

This emoji pertains to which state?

Delaware is nicknamed the First State. It was indeed the very first official state of the newly independent USA back in 1787, hence the nickname.

How about these emojis?

New Jersey's capital is Trenton. But you also have to visit the lively cities like Atlantic City and Jersey City.

What about these?

Indeed, you can find potatoes and mine a lot of gems in the Gem State. That's the nickname of Idaho.

And this one?

The Beehive State known as Utah doesn't really produce a lot of honey. The nickname is supposed to be an analogy for hardworking industrial workers of the state, much like worker bees.

Which state is this, based on these emojis?

Yes, you can see Mount Rushmore in the state of South Dakota. Rush over to see it!

The emojis tell us that this is which state?

Did you know that Arizona officially became a state on a Valentine's Day? That's why that nickname stuck, aside from many others.

How about this one?

The peach is the official state fruit of Georgia because it's a proud produce of their land. You should taste their harvest!

And this set?

Minnesota's Great Seal has a French motto pertaining to the Star of the North. That's why they're nicknamed the North Star State.

Can you identify which state this is?

North Dakota shares an area known as the International Peace Garden with Manitoba. The US-Canada border is there, obviously.

Can you identify this one?

Tennessee is nicknamed The Volunteer State. You can volunteer to see Elvis Presley's Graceland here, too.

And this is about the state of...?

Hawaii, the Aloha state, is not actually within the mainland of the U.S. It was a territory of the USA first before it officially became a state in 1959.

Can you tell which state this is?

The Ocean State known as Rhode Island is indeed near an ocean. That's the Atlantic Ocean we're talking about.

This is easy! What state is this?

Florida's capital is Tallahassee. But a lot of families with kids usually troop to Orlando to visit Epcot Center.

You got this! What state is this?

Washington state is called the Evergreen State. Its capital is Olympia.

Which of the 50 states is this one?

When America officially turned 100 years old, Colorado officially became a state. That's why its nickname is the Centennial State.

This pertains to which U.S. state?

Did you know that Kool-Aid was invented here in Nebraska? It was founded in Hastings in the 1920s.

These emojis refer to which state?

Palmetto is a kind of palm tree, which is South Carolina's official state tree. Hence, that's their nickname.

Another easy one! Which state is this?

Where to find Liberty, Broadway and the Brooklyn Bridge? They're all in New York City, which is in the state of New York.

And this one, too! Where is this?

The Kentucky Derby is held in Louisville. A lot of horse race fanatics go there annually.

Can you identify this U.S. state?

You can visit Fairbanks, Juneau, or Anchorage in Alaska. They're all really cold places.

Can you guess which U.S. state is this?

Nevada's capital is Carson City. But gamblers flock to Las Vegas more, of course.

Can you tell which state is alluded to here?

Missouri has many nicknames. The Show-Me State is one of them.

Do you know which state this is?

Arkansas used to be nicknamed The Bear State for a long time. But they recently replaced it with The Natural State.

Can you correctly identify this state?

Since Hollywood is there, California is seen by many as the mecca of the entertainment industry. They're kinda right in a way, but the Golden State offers more than that.

This is for which state?

Have you had cheese from Wisconsin? They're not known as America's Dairyland for nothing, so try it!

Which state is symbolized by these emojis?

West Virginia's capital is Charleston. Its state motto is montani semper liberi (mountaineers are always free).

This symbol is for which state?

Mississippi's capital is Jackson, and its nickname is the Magnolia State. When you visit, make sure to take a peek at the famous Mississippi River.

These are for which of the U.S. states?

People head over to New Orleans in Louisiana for the Mardi Gras celebration. It's indeed worth the trip!

Any guesses on which state this is?

Wyoming has a great historical track record when it comes to women's suffrage. That's why it's called the Equality State.

Any idea on which state this is?

Aside from being known for its maple syrup, Vermont was the first to celebrate same-sex marriages in the U.S., approved since 2009.

You got this! Which state is represented here?

John Irving immortalized New Hampshire in his 1981 novel "Hotel New Hampshire." It was made into a film in 1984.

U.S. geography whiz, what's this state?

The location of Pennsylvania within the 13 Colonies of yore bore it the name Keystone State. It's really historically rich a state.

Emoji expert, this is for which state?

Alabama is also called the Heart of Dixie!

This emoji refers to which of the U.S. states?

The Land of Lincoln is a nickname of Illinois. That's because that certain president's political career flourished there until his presidency.

And finally, which state is this one?

This is Iowa. See the eye, and the oh! And of course, waaaaaaa! Have fun sightseeing there!

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