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Offical Names Estado de Nuevo Mexico, State of New Mexico
Nicknames Land of Enchantment (Spanish: Tierra de Encanto or Tierra Encantada), The Colorful State, The Spanish State
Abbreviations NM, N.M, US-NM
Origin of Name From Mexico, which itself is anmed for "Place of Mexitli", Mexitli being an Aztec god or leader

Official Language None
Admission to Union 6 January 1912
Time Zone Mountain
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Capital Santa Fe
Largest City Albuquerque
Population 1,819,046 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: cattle, sheep, nursery stock, pecans, chile peppers, hay, sorghum, onions, potatoes, dairy products, pi¤on nuts, pinto beans, lumber

Industry: mineral extraction (uranium, manganese, potash, salt, perlite, copper, beryllium, tin, natural gas, petroleum, coal), electric equipment, petroleum and coal products, food processing, printing and publishing, stone and glass products, clay products, ordnance, lasers, data processing, solar energy

Area 121,665 square miles (315,194 km2)
Major Rivers Pecos River, Rio Grande
Major Lakes Conchas Lake, Navajo Reservoir, Elephant Butte Reservoir
Highest Point Wheeler Peak - 13,161 feet (4,014 meters)
Bordering States Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Arizona
Bordering Country Mexico
Bordering Body of Water None

Flag New Mexico Flag
Motto "Crescit eundo" - It grows as it goes
Songs Asi Es Nuevo Mexico, New Mexico-Mi Lindo Nuevo Mexico, O Fair New Mexico
Ballad Land of Enchantment
Slogan Everybody is somebody in New Mexico
Poem A Nuevo Mexico
Question "Red or Green" (refers to choice of chile pepper or chile sauce (hot sauce)
Animal Black Bear
Bird Great Roadrunner
Insect Tarantula Hawk Wasp
Butterfly Sandia Hairstreak
Fish Cutthroat Trout
Amphibian New Mexico Spadefoot Toad
Reptile New Mexico Whiptail Lizard
Fossil Coelophysis
Flower Yucca Flower
Vegetables Frijol, Chile
Tree Two-Needle Pinon Pine
Grass Blue Grama
Cookie Biscochito
Gem Turquoise
Soil Penistaja
Colors Red, Yellow

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