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State Rankings features comprehensive state statistics across key measures in education, health, crime, transportation, taxes, government finance, and so much more. The editors compile useful statistics that otherwise take an enormous amount of time to research, making it a favorite resource on reference shelves throughout the United States and around the world. Overall state rankings are provided as well as a complete list of all sources used to compile the tables. The rankings have been updated using specific methodology explained in the introduction with the most current available data at publication. Explanatory notes on the source and data are also included to provide context to each statistical table. State Rankings compares every state and Washington, D.C. in the following areas:  • Agriculture  • Population  • Economy  • Environment  • Government finance  • Crime  • Education  • Geography  • Social welfare  • Defense

Geography
Geography
Total Area of States in Square Miles in 2010
National Total = 3,796,742 Square Miles*

ALPHA ORDER

RANK ORDER

RANK

STATE

MILES

% of USA

RANK

STATE

MILES

% of USA

30

Alabama

52,420

1.4%

1

Alaska

665,384

17.5%

1

Alaska

665,384

17.5%

2

Texas

268,596

7.1%

6

Arizona

113,990

3.0%

3

California

163,695

4.3%

29

Arkansas

53,179

1.4%

4

Montana

147,040

3.9%

3

California

163,695

4.3%

5

New Mexico

121,590

3.2%

8

Colorado

104,094

2.7%

6

Arizona

113,990

3.0%

48

Connecticut

5,543

0.1%

7

Nevada

110,572

2.9%

49

Delaware

2,489

0.1%

8

Colorado

104,094

2.7%

22

Florida

65,758

1.7%

9

Oregon

98,379

2.6%

24

Georgia

59,425

1.6%

10

Wyoming

97,813

2.6%

43

Hawaii

10,932

0.3%

11

Michigan

96,714

2.5%

14

Idaho

83,569

2.2%

12

Minnesota

86,936

2.3%

25

Illinois

57,914

1.5%

13

Utah

84,897

2.2%

38

Indiana

36,420

1.0%

14

Idaho

83,569

2.2%

26

Iowa

56,273

1.5%

15

Kansas

82,278

2.2%

15

Kansas

82,278

2.2%

16

Nebraska

77,348

2.0%

37

Kentucky

40,408

1.1%

17

South Dakota

77,116

2.0%

31

Louisiana

52,378

1.4%

18

Washington

71,298

1.9%

39

Maine

35,380

0.9%

19

North Dakota

70,698

1.9%

42

Maryland

12,406

0.3%

20

Oklahoma

69,899

1.8%

44

Massachusetts

10,554

0.3%

21

Missouri

69,707

1.8%

11

Michigan

96,714

2.5%

22

Florida

65,758

1.7%

12

Minnesota

86,936

2.3%

23

Wisconsin

65,496

1.7%

32

Mississippi

48,432

1.3%

24

Georgia

59,425

1.6%

21

Missouri

69,707

1.8%

25

Illinois

57,914

1.5%

4

Montana

147,040

3.9%

26

Iowa

56,273

1.5%

16

Nebraska

77,348

2.0%

27

New York

54,555

1.4%

7

Nevada

110,572

2.9%

28

North Carolina

53,819

1.4%

46

New Hampshire

9,349

0.2%

29

Arkansas

53,179

1.4%

47

New Jersey

8,723

0.2%

30

Alabama

52,420

1.4%

5

New Mexico

121,590

3.2%

31

Louisiana

52,378

1.4%

27

New York

54,555

1.4%

32

Mississippi

48,432

1.3%

28

North Carolina

53,819

1.4%

33

Pennsylvania

46,054

1.2%

19

North Dakota

70,698

1.9%

34

Ohio

44,826

1.2%

34

Ohio

44,826

1.2%

35

Virginia

42,775

1.1%

20

Oklahoma

69,899

1.8%

36

Tennessee

42,144

1.1%

9

Oregon

98,379

2.6%

37

Kentucky

40,408

1.1%

33

Pennsylvania

46,054

1.2%

38

Indiana

36,420

1.0%

50

Rhode Island

1,545

0.0%

39

Maine

35,380

0.9%

40

South Carolina

32,020

0.8%

40

South Carolina

32,020

0.8%

17

South Dakota

77,116

2.0%

41

West Virginia

24,230

0.6%

36

Tennessee

42,144

1.1%

42

Maryland

12,406

0.3%

2

Texas

268,596

7.1%

43

Hawaii

10,932

0.3%

13

Utah

84,897

2.2%

44

Massachusetts

10,554

0.3%

45

Vermont

9,616

0.3%

45

Vermont

9,616

0.3%

35

Virginia

42,775

1.1%

46

New Hampshire

9,349

0.2%

18

Washington

71,298

1.9%

47

New Jersey

8,723

0.2%

41

West Virginia

24,230

0.6%

48

Connecticut

5,543

0.1%

23

Wisconsin

65,496

1.7%

49

Delaware

2,489

0.1%

10

Wyoming

97,813

2.6%

50

Rhode Island

1,545

0.0%

District of Columbia

68

0.0%

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census “State Area Measurements” (https://www.census.gov/geographies/reference-files/2010/geo/state-area.html)

*Total of land and water area. Revised figures as of January 1, 2010

Land Area of States in Square Miles in 2010
National Total = 3,531,905 Square Miles of Land Area*

ALPHA ORDER

RANK ORDER

RANK

STATE

MILES

% of USA

RANK

STATE

MILES

% of USA

28

Alabama

50,645

1.4%

1

Alaska

570,641

16.2%

1

Alaska

570,641

16.2%

2

Texas

261,232

7.4%

6

Arizona

113,594

3.2%

3

California

155,779

4.4%

27

Arkansas

52,035

1.5%

4

Montana

145,546

4.1%

3

California

155,779

4.4%

5

New Mexico

121,298

3.4%

8

Colorado

103,642

2.9%

6

Arizona

113,594

3.2%

48

Connecticut

4,842

0.1%

7

Nevada

109,781

3.1%

49

Delaware

1,949

0.1%

8

Colorado

103,642

2.9%

26

Florida

53,625

1.5%

9

Wyoming

97,093

2.7%

21

Georgia

57,513

1.6%

10

Oregon

95,988

2.7%

47

Hawaii

6,423

0.2%

11

Idaho

82,643

2.3%

11

Idaho

82,643

2.3%

12

Utah

82,170

2.3%

24

Illinois

55,519

1.6%

13

Kansas

81,759

2.3%

38

Indiana

35,826

1.0%

14

Minnesota

79,627

2.3%

23

Iowa

55,857

1.6%

15

Nebraska

76,824

2.2%

13

Kansas

81,759

2.3%

16

South Dakota

75,811

2.1%

37

Kentucky

39,486

1.1%

17

North Dakota

69,001

2.0%

33

Louisiana

43,204

1.2%

18

Missouri

68,742

1.9%

39

Maine

30,843

0.9%

19

Oklahoma

68,595

1.9%

42

Maryland

9,707

0.3%

20

Washington

66,456

1.9%

45

Massachusetts

7,800

0.2%

21

Georgia

57,513

1.6%

22

Michigan

56,539

1.6%

22

Michigan

56,539

1.6%

14

Minnesota

79,627

2.3%

23

Iowa

55,857

1.6%

31

Mississippi

46,923

1.3%

24

Illinois

55,519

1.6%

18

Missouri

68,742

1.9%

25

Wisconsin

54,158

1.5%

4

Montana

145,546

4.1%

26

Florida

53,625

1.5%

15

Nebraska

76,824

2.2%

27

Arkansas

52,035

1.5%

7

Nevada

109,781

3.1%

28

Alabama

50,645

1.4%

44

New Hampshire

8,953

0.3%

29

North Carolina

48,618

1.4%

46

New Jersey

7,354

0.2%

30

New York

47,126

1.3%

5

New Mexico

121,298

3.4%

31

Mississippi

46,923

1.3%

30

New York

47,126

1.3%

32

Pennsylvania

44,743

1.3%

29

North Carolina

48,618

1.4%

33

Louisiana

43,204

1.2%

17

North Dakota

69,001

2.0%

34

Tennessee

41,235

1.2%

35

Ohio

40,861

1.2%

35

Ohio

40,861

1.2%

19

Oklahoma

68,595

1.9%

36

Virginia

39,490

1.1%

10

Oregon

95,988

2.7%

37

Kentucky

39,486

1.1%

32

Pennsylvania

44,743

1.3%

38

Indiana

35,826

1.0%

50

Rhode Island

1,034

0.0%

39

Maine

30,843

0.9%

40

South Carolina

30,061

0.9%

40

South Carolina

30,061

0.9%

16

South Dakota

75,811

2.1%

41

West Virginia

24,038

0.7%

34

Tennessee

41,235

1.2%

42

Maryland

9,707

0.3%

2

Texas

261,232

7.4%

43

Vermont

9,217

0.3%

12

Utah

82,170

2.3%

44

New Hampshire

8,953

0.3%

43

Vermont

9,217

0.3%

45

Massachusetts

7,800

0.2%

36

Virginia

39,490

1.1%

46

New Jersey

7,354

0.2%

20

Washington

66,456

1.9%

47

Hawaii

6,423

0.2%

41

West Virginia

24,038

0.7%

48

Connecticut

4,842

0.1%

25

Wisconsin

54,158

1.5%

49

Delaware

1,949

0.1%

9

Wyoming

97,093

2.7%

50

Rhode Island

1,034

0.0%

District of Columbia

61

0.0%

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census “State Area Measurements” (https://www.census.gov/geographies/reference-files/2010/geo/state-area.html)

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