An Emoji For Each State

March 28, 2013

What if an emoji could be assigned to each state? Some emoji are obviously associated with certain states: ๐Ÿ—ฝ (Statue of Liberty) for New York, and ๐ŸŒ‰ (Golden Gate Bridge) for California.

Several other states don’t have such iconic emoji, but it was easy enough associating them with an unique emoji: ๐Ÿš˜ (car) for Michigan, and ๐ŸŽฐ (slot machine) for Nevada.

(I know, some of these emoji won’t be viewable on PCs and many non-Apple mobile devices. Allow me a moment to be smug.)

(Ok, smug moment over,)

Back to emoji.

(Yes, emoji is plural for emoji.)


I was able to add a few more states to the list after doing some research: where is the Football Hall of Fame? (Answer: Ohio, which gets the ๐Ÿˆ emoji.) What about Thomas Alva Edison’s lab? (New Jersey, which is hereby awarded the ๐Ÿ’ก emoji.) My Twitter followers also helpfully supplied me with a few more ideas.

I still have a few states not yet associated with their own emoji. That’s where I need your help: can you think up the “perfect emoji” for these missing states? Can you think of better emoji for those states already awarded with (ahem, weak) emoji?

Here’s the list of states with emoji I have thus far (with some alternatives as well). I’m starting to forget why some states have the emoji they do, so I’ve helpfully supplied answers at the bottom of this post.

โ„ AK
๐Ÿ‚ CO (๐Ÿ—ป)
๐Ÿ“ƒ CT (โœ‚)
๐Ÿผ DC
1โƒฃ DE
๐Ÿš€ FL (๐ŸŠ)
๐Ÿ‘ GA
๐Ÿ’จ IL
๐Ÿ IN
๐Ÿšœ KS
๐Ÿ‡ KY
๐Ÿ’ช MA (๐Ÿ”ฎ)
โ™‹ MD (๐Ÿข)
๐Ÿš˜ MI
โ™ˆ MO
๐Ÿ’ฐ MT
โœˆ NC
๐Ÿ’ก NJ
๐Ÿ NH
๐Ÿ‘ฝ NM
๐Ÿ—ฝ NY
๐Ÿˆ OH
๐Ÿ”œ OK
๐Ÿ”” PA
๐Ÿ—ฟ SD
โ›ฝ TX (๐Ÿ—ผ)
๐Ÿ UT
๐Ÿšฌ VA
๐Ÿ VT
โ˜” WA
๐Ÿบ WI
๐Ÿ—ป WV
๐ŸŽ WY (๐Ÿ˜ˆ)

(Credit to @stevenhaddox for AZ, UT, and WY. And to awesome @katiecupcake for CT, ID, ME, MN, MT, RI, SD, VT, and WV. Thank you @shannoncooley for NC and SC. @Graystorm thought of the clever emoji for MA. Wish I could remember those who also contributed earlier.)

I still need emoji for these states. Any ideas?


One thing: when I list state abbreviations in alphabetical order, do I still list MA before MD even though, alphabetically, Massachusetts follows Maryland? Hmf.

Another thing: I know DC isn’t a state. Humor me, please.

Lastly, a shout out to Lisa Bonchek Adams. She blogs about her experiences “living with metastatic breast cancer, grief & loss, life, and family.” I’ve shed tears reading her searingly honest and courageous posts, and in fact I haven’t finished (and couldn’t finish) reading one of them: The Hardest Conversation. My favorite of her posts so far is the stupid things people say to those with cancer and their families.

In spite of (or perhaps because) of living with cancer, she finds the time and energy to be a mother, wife, AND social media rock star. I follow her on Twitter (she’s @adamslisa) and love how she engages with her followers.

She blogs several times a week. I haven’t blogged in a year or more. WTF, Proud Geek!? Hence this post, hopefully the first of many more.

Thank you, Lisa, for being an inspiration to me.

Some select answers (after all, I don’t want to make this TOO easy for you!):

๐ŸšŒ AL – Rosa Parks in Selma, AL
๐Ÿ“ƒ CT – Constitution State. Or, Cut (โœ‚)
๐Ÿผ DC – Pandas are the main exhibit at the National Zoo
๐Ÿ‘ GA – The Peach State
๐Ÿ’Ž ID – The Gem State
โ™‹ MD – Horoscope sign for Cancer, which also means crabs. And MD is for Crab lovers.
๐ŸŒฒ ME – The Pine Tree State
๐ŸŒŸ MN – The North Star State
โ™ˆ MO – Saint Louis Rams football team.
๐ŸŒฝ NE – The Cornhusker State
๐Ÿ’ก NJ – Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb)’s lab in NJ
๐Ÿ NH – Don’t Tread on Me snake flag
๐Ÿ‘ฝ NM – Roswell aliens. Enough said?
๐Ÿ”œ OK – The Sooner State
๐ŸŒน OR – Portland Rose Garden / Festival
๐ŸŒŠ RI – Ocean State
๐ŸŒด SC – Palmetto State (and a palm tree on its flag)
๐Ÿ—ฟ SD – Hoping this looks enough like Mt. Rushmore to persuade you
๐Ÿ’ฐ MT – The Treasure State
๐Ÿ UT – The Beehive State
๐Ÿ—ป WV – The Mountain State
๐Ÿ˜ˆ WY – Devils Tower (featured in the Close Encounters of the Third Kind)


9 Responses to “An Emoji For Each State”

  1. Hilary Says:

    None of the emojis could be seen. :(

  2. Clever! Though…the umbrella only works for western Washington. You should use the apple emoji for eastern WA (and WA is the apple state anyway)!

  3. Keoni Says:

    CALIFORNIA should have a palm tree also! ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด

  4. Quetta Hasani Says:

    I love this! And found it so awesome!! I think ๐Ÿ‘ฝ should be paired with ๐ŸŽฐ for NV since Area 51 is in Nevada. It makes sense to use it for NM but if you don’t know or haven’t heard of the Roswell sightings then I’m sure you wouldn’t get it. That’s only my opinion because I found this really cool, helpful and creative! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Isabel Says:

    Arkansas ๐Ÿ— the razor backs!

  6. Earmon Ferguson Says:

    AR is the natural state also know for our diamond mine so the diamond would be perfect

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