Every state in the union has an official motto. Eight of them are one word mottos, such as "Friendship" (Texas), "Industry" (Utah) and "Forward" (Wisconsin.)

Eighteen states have their mottos written in Latin. For instance, Arkansas: "Regnat Populus" (The People Rule) and Mississippi: "Virtue et Armis" (By Valor and Arms.)Four state mottos use the name of God, for example, "With God, all things are possible" (Ohio) and "Under God, the people rule" (South Dakota).

Indiana and Alaska have geographic mottos - "Crossroads of America" and "North to the Future." Iowa has the longest: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain."