Top 10 largest US states by area/population

The United States of America is the third largest country in the world by area. The large area is divided into 50 states and 1 Federal district, Washington, D.C. The following are lists of the top 10 largest states in the US by area and population. Let’s read.

Top 10 largest states in the US by area

StateAreaCapital city
1Alaskaabout 665,000 square miles (1.7 million square kilometers)Juneau
2Texasabout 269,000 square miles (696,000 square kilometers)Austin
3Californiaabout 164,000 square miles (424,000 square kilometers)Sacramento
4Montanaabout 147,000 square miles (381,000 square kilometers)Helena
5New Mexicoabout 122,000 square miles (315,000 square kilometers)Santa Fe
6Arizonaabout 114,000 square miles (295,000 square kilometers)Phoenix
7Nevadaabout 111,000 square miles (286,000 square kilometers)Carson City
8Coloradoabout 104,000 square miles (270,000 square kilometers)Denver
9Oregonabout 98,400 square miles (255,000 square kilometers)Salem
10Wyomingabout 97,800 square miles (253,000 square kilometers)Cheyenne

Top 10 largest states in the US by population

StatePopulationCapital city
1Californiaabout 39.2 millionSacramento
2Texasabout 29.5 millionAustin
3Floridaabout 21.8 millionTallahassee
4New Yorkabout 19.8 millionAlbany
5Pennsylvaniaabout 13 millionHarrisburg
6Illinoisabout 12.7 millionSpringfield
7Ohioabout 11.8 millionColumbus
8Georgiaabout 10.8 millionAtlanta
9North Carolina10.6 millionRaleigh
10Michiganabout 10.1 millionLansing
US states

Top 10 most densely populated US states

RankStatePopulation density
1New Jerseyaround 1260 persons per square mile (487 persons per square kilometer)
2Rhode Islandaround 1060 persons per square mile (409 persons per square kilometer)
3Massachusettsaround 895 persons per square mile (346persons per square kilometer)
4Connecticutaround 745 persons per square mile (288 persons per square kilometer)
5Marylandaround 635 persons per square mile (245 persons per square kilometer)
6Delawarearound 515 persons per square mile (199 persons per square kilometer)
7New York Statearound 421 persons per square mile (163 persons per square kilometer)
8Floridaaround 406 persons per square mile (157 persons per square kilometer)
9Pennsylvaniaaround 290 persons per square mile (112 persons per square kilometer)
10Ohioaround 288 persons per square mile (111 persons per square kilometer)

*Population density of District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) – 10,960 persons per square mile (4,234 persons per square kilometer)


Key points

  • Alaska is the largest state in the US by area. It has an area of about 665,000 square miles (1.7 million square kilometers). Alaska is larger than every European nation (not considering transcontinental countries).
  • California is the most populous state in the US. It has a population of about 39 million. Los Angeles is the largest city in California.
  • Texas is the largest state in the Contiguous US.
  • Hawaii and Alaska became states of the US in 1959. They were the last states to join the union.
  • Hawaii and Alaska are the two noncontiguous states.

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