Tuesday, October 3, 2023


See if you can match the Midwest state to its nickname

Did you have a nickname growing up? I didn’t, but I always wanted one. Nicknames often mirror some characteristic about the nicknamed person. Someone named “Curly” may have naturally curly hair. “Slim Jim” might be a person of slight stature. You probably know that every state in the U.S. has its own nickname, but how well do you know the nicknames of the Midwest states?

Read through the following list of Midwest nicknames and see if you can identify the state to which each nickname belongs. Good luck!

Nicknames for the Midwest states

The website census.gov lists 12 Midwest states. Try to identify the state that matches each nickname listed below.

The Hoosier State

Prairie State

The Natural State

The Hawkeye State

The Cornhusker State

The Sunflower State

The Great Lakes State

The Show Me State

The Buckeye State

Mount Rushmore State

The Peace Garden State

The Badger State

The North Star State


This list of answers correlates with the order of the nicknames shown above:

The Hoosier State: Indiana

Prairie State: Illinois

The Natural State: Arkansas

The Hawkeye State: Iowa

The Cornhusker State: Nebraska

The Sunflower State: Kansas

The Great Lakes State: Michigan

The Show Me State: Missouri

The Buckeye State: Ohio

Mount Rushmore State: South Dakota

The Peace Garden State: North Dakota

The Badger State: Wisconsin

The North Star State: Minnesota

How or why?

You might be wondering how or why a particular nickname was given to each state. Check out this website and get answers!


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


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Bob C
1 month ago

Minnesota’s nickname is the Gopher State.

Neal Davis
1 month ago

Thank you, Gail! I got most of them, but assigned Natural State wrong because R-Kansas wasn’t on the included map. Did not know that Illinois was called the Praire State or North Dakota the Peace Garden State. Cool stuff. 🙂

Sandi Pearson
1 month ago

Fun article..thanks. Who cares…we got Arkansas for free..like an extra credit question in school.

Uncle Swags
1 month ago

Ummmm Arkansas is not a Midwest state. Even your map agrees.

1 month ago

Cool. Arkansas wasn’t on the map. Tricky

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