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State Resident Names

National (U.S.) States: Resident Names

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Names for Residents of each State

What do you call a resident of Alaska? An "Alaskan" of course!  

Not all state resident nicknames are so obvious.  A Massachusetts resident is called a "Bay Stater," a person from Ohio is often called a "Buckeye," and let's not forget the "Hoosiers" of Indiana and the "Nutmeggers" in Connecticut!  The proper term referring to the "natives of the state" according the U.S. Government Publishing Office Style Manual can be found in references, below.  

Alabama Alabamian; Alabaman
Alaska Alaskan
Arizona Arizonan; Arizonian
Arkansas Arkansan
California Californian
Colorado Coloradan; Coloradoan
Connecticut Connecticuter; Nutmegger
Delaware Delawarean
Florida Floridian; Floridan
Georgia Georgian
Hawaii Hawaii Resident; kamaaina (native-born, nonethnic Hawaiian); malihini (newcomer)
Idaho Idahoan
Illinois Illinoisan
Indiana Hoosier; Indianan; Indianian;
Iowa Iowan
Kansas Kansan
Kentucky Kentuckian
Louisiana Louisianan; Louisianian
Maine Mainer
Maryland Marylander
Massachusetts Bay Stater
Michigan Michiganian, Michigander; Michiganite
Minnesota Minnesotan
Mississippi Mississippian
Missouri Missourian
Montana Montanan
Nebraska Nebraskan
Nevada Nevadan; Nevadian
New Hampshire New Hampshirite, Granite Stater
New Jersey New Jerseyite; New Jerseyan
New Mexico New Mexican
New York New Yorker
North Carolina North Carolinian
North Dakota North Dakotan
Ohio Ohioan, Buckeye
Oklahoma Oklahoman
Oregon Oregonian
Pennsylvania Pennsylvanian
Rhode Island Rhode Islander
South Carolina South Carolinian
South Dakota South Dakotan
Tennessee Tennessean; Tennesseean
Texas Texan
Utah Utahan, Utahn
Vermont Vermonter
Virginia Virginian
Washington Washingtonian
West Virginia West Virginian
Wisconsin Wisconsinite
Wyoming Wyomingite