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What do you call people from different states? A list of resident nicknames

February 20th, 2015 - 2:49 PM


Updated on 2/20/15

Nicknames for People Who Live in Different States

Funny story: several years ago, there was a pretty heated debate in my home state of Arkansas. Believe it or not, we were divided over whether we are “Arkansans” or “Arkansawyers”. If you’re moving and have no idea what to call yourself or the other residents of your new state, we’ve got you covered.

The official term for this type of nickname is demonym—and some of them aren’t always obviousThink about it: if you’re from the United States of America, you’re American, but if you’re from the Netherlands, you’re Dutch. State resident nicknames can be just as confusing.

After lots of research on what you call people from each state, we’ve put together a fun list of state resident nicknames—which makes a great conversation starter or new water cooler topic! We’ll cover the entire United States, plus some specific regions and territories.  

Find out what you call people from different states in the US.

What's your personal state nickname?

  • Alabama: Alabamians, Alabaman, ‘Bamer
  • Alaska: Alaskan, Ice Chipper, Inuit/Inuk, Aleut/Aleutian, Haida, Inupiaq
  • Arizona: Arizonan, Arizonian
  • Arkansas:  Arkansan, Arkie, Arkansawyer
  • California: Californian
  • Colorado: Coloradan, Coloradoan, Highlander
  • Connecticut: Connecticuter, Connecticotian, Connecticutian, Nutmegger
  • Delaware: Delawarean, Muskrat
  • District of Columbia: Washingtonian
  • Florida:  Floridian, Floridan
  • Georgia: Georgian 
  • Hawaii: Hawaiian, Malihini, Kama’aina, Islander
  • Idaho: Idahoan, Idahoer
  • Illinois: Illinoisan, Illinoian, Illinoyer
  • Indiana: Indianian, Hoosier
  • Iowa: Iowan, Hawkeye, Iowegian
  • Kansas: Kansan, Jayhawk
  • Kentucky: Kentuckian, Kentucker
  • Louisiana: Louisianian, Louisianan
  • Maine: Mainer, Mainiac, Down Easter
  • Maryland: Marylander, Marylandian
  • Massachusetts: Massachusettsan, Bay Stater, Massachusite
  • Michigan: Michiganian, Michigander, Michiganese, Michigine, Michiganite
  • Minnesota: Minnesotan
  • Mississippi: Mississippian, Mississipper
  • Missouri: Missourian
  • Montana: Montanan
  • Nebraska: Nebraskan, Cornhusker
  • Nevada: Nevadan, Nevadian
  • New Hampshire: New Hampshirites, New Hampshireman
  • New Jersey: New Jerseyan, New Jerseyite
  • New Mexico: New Mexican
  • New York: New Yorker, Empire Stater
  • North Carolina: North Carolinian, Tar Heel
  • North Dakota: North Dakotan, NoDak
  • Ohio: Ohioan, Buckeye
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoman, Okie, Sooner
  • Oregon: Oregonian, Oregoner
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvanian, Pennamite
  • Rhode Island: Rhode Islander, Rhodian
  • South Carolina: South Carolinian, South Carolinan
  • South Dakota: South Dakotan
  • Tennessee: Tennessean, Volunteer, Big Bender
  • Texas: Texan, Texian, Tejano
  • Utah: Utahn, Utahan
  • Vermont: Vermonter
  • Virginia: Virginian
  • Washington: Washingtonian, ‘Toner
  • West Virginia: West Virginian, Mountaineer
  • Wisconsin: Wisconsinite, Cheesehead
  • Wyoming: Wyomingite, Wyomingian, Wyoman

What do you call people from the different regions?

The Census Bureau recognizes four main regions in the US. Here’s what you would call those collective groups.

  • Northeast: New Englanders
  • Midwest: Midwesterners
  • South: Southerners
  • West/Pacific region: West Coasters
  • East: Easterner (not officially recognized by the Census)

BONUS: What do you call people from the U.S. Territories?

The United States has four unincorporated organized territories. Let’s explore what to call people from those territories.

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Native-born people from the Mariana islands are Chamoru or Chamorro. People from the Northern Mariana Islands are called Northern Marianans.
  • Guam: Those from Guam are called Guamanians. Native-born people are Chamoru or Chamorro.
  • Puerto Rico: Puerto Rican, or you might hear the Taino term “Boricua” used to describe those from Puerto Rico as well.
  • US Virgin Islands: Virgin Islander

Do you know any other resident nicknames for people from your state that we left off? Share them with us below!

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