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Biggest state by land area

Alaska is the largest US state by landmass, followed by Texas and then California.

While California is the most populated state, it is 60% the size of Texas and only 25% the size of Alaska.

Rhode Island can fit in Alaska over 420 times.

Rank Rank
Alaska 1 663,267.26
Texas 2 268,580.82
California 3 163,695.57
Montana 4 147,042.40
New Mexico 5 121,589.48
Arizona 6 113,998.30

Alaska

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Alaska is still sometimes depicted as a deserted and frozen land with few wooden houses in the south and scattered igloos in the north, especially in the European countries whose textbooks have not caught up to the present times. Although more sparsely populated than other states, Alaska has gone through industrialization followed by modernization over the last century and would appear as another state (with breathtaking views), if one was inconspicuously dropped off in one of its large cities.

Igloos are not common, although their modernized versions can still be found in the northern parts of the state, used by scientists and researchers of the region. The nature and the location of the state are the main economic drivers providing the city-dwellers with employment opportunities in general services and trade, specifically in tourism, transportation, telecommunications, and oil & gas, which is the richest resource of the land.

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Texas

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Only 40% the size of Alaska, Texas is the second-largest state and also the second-most populated in the US, covering an area of 268,596 square miles. Although Houston is the capital and the most populated city in Texas with 2.3 million inhabitants, Austin's cultural scene is well known for its food, art and music, while San Antonio is popularized for being the home of the Six Flags amusement park.

Although predominating in oil and natural gas production, industry and finance, and huge urban centres, the lone star state still identifies with its cowboy roots. It is economically dependent on the immense stretches of high prairie and ranges that are home to the state's agricultural wealth in cattle and cotton.

The state is also prone to tornadoes, with people all over Texas witnessing a tornado somewhere at least every third day on average.

California

As the third-largest state, California is 60% the size of Texas and only 25% the size of Alaska, with 163,696 square miles being home to over 12% of the nation's total population.

Known for its endless beaches, countless resorts, mansions, and Hollywood with celebrities, the "golden" title has a double meaning. As one of the most popular destinations for the retired middle class, California's senior population is growing 3 times faster than any other, with the elderly looking to live out their golden years in a beachside condo to embrace the mild climate of the state.

Montana

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Montana is the fourth-largest state with a total area of about 380,800 km2, about 4% of the US total area. Its land area accounts for 99% of the total area, about 376,962 km2. Its waters cover about 3,862 km2, making it the 26th largest state by water area.

New Mexico

New Mexico, the fifth-largest state, covers about 314,917 km2, of which 99.8% is land. Therefore, it is the second-smallest state by water area, at only 757 km2.

Arizona

Arizona is the sixth-largest state by total area, covering 295,234 km2. Its land area of 294,207 km2 accounts for 99.7% of the total area.

The most commonly used area classification system in the U.S. is the Census Bureau-designated regions and divisions.
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There are four main regions:

Region 1: Northeast with New England and the Middle Atlantic region.

Region 2: Midwest with the East North Central and the West North Central region.

Region 3: South with 3 subdivisions: South Atlantic, East South Central, and West South Central.

Region 4: West with the Mountain and the Pacific regions.

Ten smallest states by land area in the US

1.Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. Rhode Island has a total area of 3,144 km2, including 438 km2 of water.

2.Delaware is the second smallest state in the country covering 5,130 km2, of which 5,047 km2 is land.

3.Connecticut covers about 14,357 km2 which makes it the third smallest state, of which 12,559 km2 is land and the rest is water.

4.New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by total area and fifth smallest by land area. It covers 22,591 km2, of which 19,047 km2 is land. Its water area is the country’s 27th largest by area at 3,544 km2.

5.New Hampshire is the fifth smallest state with a total area of 24,214 km2. However, its land area of 23,186 km2 makes it the seventh smallest state by land area.

6.Vermont is the sixth smallest state by total area (24,923 km2) but the eighth smallest by land area, covering 23,957 km2 of land. Its water area is about 989 km2, the 46th largest state by water area.

7.Massachusetts covers a surface area of 27,337 km2, of which 20,306 km2 is landmass, and 7,032 km2 is water. It has the sixth-smallest land area and 16th largest water area.

8.Hawaii, one of the two non-contiguous states, is the 8th smallest state by total area, spanning 28,311 km2. It is the fourth-smallest state by land area, covering 16,638 km2 of land. Its water area of 11,672 km2 (41.2%) is the country’s 13th largest water area.

9.Maryland covers about 32,133 km2, making it the ninth-smallest state. Its land area of about 25,314 km2 is also the country’s ninth smallest. However, the state’s water area of 6,819 km2 (21%) is the US' 18th-largest water area.

10.West Virginia is the tenth-smallest state by both total and land area. It spans about 62,755 km2, of which 62,361 km2 is land. At 394 km2, West Virginia has the smallest water area in the country.

Biggest state by water area

Rank by Water Area

Rank

State

Water Area

(square miles)

All United States

256,644.62

1

Alaska

91,316.00

2

Michigan

39,912.28

3

Florida

11,827.77

4

Wisconsin

11,187.72

5

Louisiana

8,277.85

6

California

7,736.23

Biggest state by population

States in the US are all very different from each other. So, it comes as no surprise that they have very different population estimates. Also, since the resident population of the United States continues to grow, state populations are in a constant state of flux. As of February 2021, the population of the United States is slightly over 330 million.

The United States Census Bureau’s population statistics encompass the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five US territories, including Puerto Rico. The official Census takes into account the total number of people residing in the US, including citizens, permanent residents, and long-term visitors. Federal employees serving abroad, both civilian and military, as well as their dependents, are counted in their home state.

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This population of the United States is unevenly distributed across all states and territories. Generally speaking, states located around the border – East Coast, West Coast and the South – are more populous than those that are more interior – the Midwest and the Great Plains. There are a few exceptions to this rule; the state of Illinois, for example, is located in the Midwest but is highly populated, mainly in the Chicago area.

The table below lists all US states ranked by population.

Rank by Populations

Rank

State

Population

All United States

308,745,538

1

California

37,253,956

2

Texas

25,145,561

3

New York

19,378,102

4

Florida

18,801,310

5

Illinois

12,830,632

6

Pennsylvania

12,702,379

Biggest state by population density

Rank

State

Population Density

All United States

79.6

1

Washington, D. C.

9,856.50

2

New Jersey

1,195.50

3

Rhode Island

1,018.10

4

Massachusetts

839.4

5

Connecticut

738.1

6

Maryland

594.8

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