List of U.S. states and territories by area

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States by area. Alaska is depicted at a smaller scale in the inset.

This is a complete list of the U.S. states, federal district, and its major territories ordered by total area, land area, and water area. The water area includes inland waters, coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and territorial waters. Glaciers and intermittent bodies of water are counted as land area. [1]

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

Territories of the United States political division that is directly overseen by the United States Federal Government

Territories of the United States are sub-national administrative divisions overseen by the federal government. They differ from U.S. states and Native American tribes, which have limited sovereignty. The territories are classified by incorporation and whether they have an "organized" government through an organic act passed by Congress.

Great Lakes System of interconnected, large lakes in North America

The Great Lakes, also called the Laurentian Great Lakes and the Great Lakes of North America, are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes primarily in the upper mid-east region of North America, on the Canada–United States border, which connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River. They consist of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Hydrologically, there are only four lakes, because Lakes Michigan and Huron join at the Straits of Mackinac. The lakes form the Great Lakes Waterway.


Area by state, federal district or territory

Total area [2] Land area [2] Water [2]
federal district
or territory
Ranksq mikm²Ranksq mikm²% landRanksq mikm²% water
Flag of Alaska.svg  Alaska 1665,384.041,723,3371570,640.951,477,95385.76%194,743.10245,38414.24%
Flag of Texas.svg  Texas 2268,596.46695,6622261,231.71676,58797.26%87,364.7519,0752.74%
Flag of California.svg  California 3163,696.32423,9723155,779.22403,46695.16%67,915.5220,5014.84%
Flag of Montana.svg  Montana 4147,039.71380,8314145,545.80376,96298.98%261,493.913,8691.02%
Flag of New Mexico.svg  New Mexico 5121,590.30314,9175121,298.15314,16199.76%49292.157570.24%
Flag of Arizona.svg  Arizona 6113,990.30295,2346113,594.08294,20799.65%48396.221,0260.35%
Flag of Nevada.svg  Nevada 7110,571.82286,3807109,781.18284,33299.28%36790.652,0480.72%
Flag of Colorado.svg  Colorado 8104,093.67269,6018103,641.89268,43199.57%44451.781,1700.43%
Flag of Oregon.svg  Oregon 998,378.54254,7991095,988.01248,60897.57%202,390.536,1912.43%
Flag of Wyoming.svg  Wyoming 1097,813.01253,335997,093.14251,47099.26%37719.871,8640.74%
Flag of Michigan.svg  Michigan 1196,713.51250,4872256,538.90146,43558.46%240,174.61104,05241.54%
Flag of Minnesota.svg  Minnesota 1286,935.83225,1631479,626.74206,23291.59%97,309.0918,9308.41%
Flag of Utah.svg  Utah 1384,896.88219,8821282,169.62212,81896.79%172,727.267,0643.21%
Flag of Idaho.svg  Idaho 1483,568.95216,4431182,643.12214,04598.89%33925.832,3981.11%
Flag of Kansas.svg  Kansas 1582,278.36213,1001381,758.72211,75499.37%42519.641,3460.63%
Flag of Nebraska.svg  Nebraska 1677,347.81200,3301576,824.17198,97499.32%41523.641,3560.68%
Flag of South Dakota.svg  South Dakota 1777,115.68199,7291675,811.00196,35098.31%291,304.683,3791.69%
Flag of Washington.svg  Washington 1871,297.95184,6612066,455.52172,11993.21%114,842.4312,5426.79%
Flag of North Dakota.svg   North Dakota 1970,698.32183,1081769,000.80178,71197.60%241,697.524,3972.40%
Flag of Oklahoma.svg  Oklahoma 2069,898.87181,0371968,594.92177,66098.13%301,303.953,3771.87%
Flag of Missouri.svg  Missouri 2169,706.99180,5401868,741.52178,04098.61%32965.472,5011.39%
Flag of Florida.svg  Florida 2265,757.70170,3122653,624.76138,88781.55%312,132.9431,42418.45%
Flag of Wisconsin.svg  Wisconsin 2365,496.38169,6352554,157.80140,26882.69%411,338.5729,36717.31%
Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg  Georgia 2459,425.15153,9102157,513.49148,95996.78%221,911.664,9513.22%
Flag of Illinois.svg  Illinois 2557,913.55149,9952455,518.93143,79395.87%192,394.626,2024.13%
Flag of Iowa.svg  Iowa 2656,272.81145,7462355,857.13144,66999.26%45415.681,0770.74%
Flag of New York.svg  New York 2754,554.98141,2973047,126.40122,05786.38%77,428.5819,24013.62%
Flag of North Carolina.svg  North Carolina 2853,819.16139,3912948,617.91125,92090.34%105,201.2513,4719.66%
Flag of Arkansas.svg  Arkansas 2953,178.55137,7322752,035.48134,77197.85%311,143.072,9612.15%
Flag of Alabama.svg  Alabama 3052,420.07135,7672850,645.33131,17196.61%231,774.744,5973.39%
Flag of Louisiana.svg  Louisiana 3152,378.13135,6593343,203.90111,89882.48%59,174.2323,76117.52%
Flag of Mississippi.svg  Mississippi 3248,431.78125,4383146,923.27121,53196.89%251,508.513,9073.11%
Flag of Pennsylvania.svg  Pennsylvania 3346,054.35119,2803244,742.70115,88397.15%281,311.643,3972.85%
Flag of Ohio.svg  Ohio 3444,825.58116,0983540,860.69105,82991.15%143,964.8910,2698.85%
Flag of Virginia.svg  Virginia 3542,774.93110,7873639,490.09102,27992.32%153,284.848,5087.68%
Flag of Tennessee.svg  Tennessee 3642,144.25109,1533441,234.90106,79897.84%35909.362,3552.16%
Flag of Kentucky.svg  Kentucky 3740,407.80104,6563739,486.34102,26997.72%34921.462,3872.28%
Flag of Indiana.svg  Indiana 3836,419.5594,3263835,826.1192,78998.37%39593.441,5371.63%
Flag of Maine.svg  Maine 3935,379.7491,6333930,842.9279,88387.18%124,536.8211,75012.82%
Flag of South Carolina.svg  South Carolina 4032,020.4982,9334030,060.7077,85793.88%211,959.795,0766.12%
Flag of West Virginia.svg  West Virginia 4124,230.0462,7564124,038.2162,25999.21%50191.834970.79%
Flag of Maryland.svg  Maryland 4212,405.9332,131429,707.2425,14278.25%182,698.696,99021.75%
Flag of Hawaii.svg  Hawaii 4310,931.7228,313476,422.6316,63558.75%134,509.0911,67841.25%
Flag of Massachusetts.svg  Massachusetts 4410,554.3927,336457,800.0620,20273.90%162,754.337,13426.10%
Flag of Vermont.svg  Vermont 459,616.3624,906439,216.6623,87195.84%46399.711,0354.16%
Flag of New Hampshire.svg  New Hampshire 469,349.1624,214448,952.6523,18795.76%47396.511,0274.24%
Flag of New Jersey.svg  New Jersey 478,722.5822,591467,354.2219,04784.31%271,368.363,54415.69%
Flag of Connecticut.svg  Connecticut 485,543.4114,357484,842.3612,54287.35%38701.061,81612.65%
Flag of Delaware.svg  Delaware 492,488.726,446491,948.545,04778.29%40540.181,39921.71%
Flag of Rhode Island.svg  Rhode Island 501,544.894,001501,033.812,67866.92%43511.071,32433.08%
Flag of Washington, D.C..svg  District of Columbia 68.3417761.0515889.33%7.291910.67%
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 5,324.8413,7913,423.788,86864.30%1,901.074,92435.70%
Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg  Northern Mariana Islands 1,975.575,117182.334729.23%1,793.244,64490.77%
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  United States Virgin Islands 732.931,898134.3234818.33%598.611,55081.67%
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 581.051,50576.4619813.16%504.601,30786.84%
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 570.621,478209.8054336.77%360.8293563.23%
Flag of the United States.svg Minor Outlying Islands [3] [lower-alpha 1] 16.004116.0041
Flag of the United States.svg Contiguous United States Total3,120,426.478,081,8672,954,841.427,653,00494.69%165,584.6428,8625.31%
Flag of the United States.svg 50 states and District of ColumbiaTotal3,796,742.239,833,5173,531,905.439,147,59393.02%264,836.79685,9246.98%
Flag of the United States.svg All U.S. territoryTotal3,805,943.269,857,3483,535,948.129,158,06492.91%269,995.13699,2847.09%

Area by division

All divisions presented below are as configured by the United States Census Bureau.

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Total area [2] Land area [2] Water [2]
DivisionRanksq mikm²Ranksq mikm²% landRanksq mikm²% water
East North Central 5301,368.57780,5416242,902.44629,114258,466.13151,427
East South Central 7183,403.89475,0147178,289.83461,76995,114.6013,247
Middle Atlantic 8109,331.89283,168899,223.32256,987610,108.5726,181
Mountain 2863,564.632,236,6222855,766.982,216,42687,797.6520,196
New England 971,987.96186,448962,668.46162,31179,299.5024,086
Pacific 11,009,687.002,615,0771895,286.332,318,7811114,400.67296,296
South Atlantic 6292,990.46758,8425265,061.97686,507327,928.4972,334
West North Central 3520,355.801,347,7153507,620.081,314,730512,735.7232,985
West South Central 4444,052.011,150,0894425,066.011,100,916418,986.0049,174

Area by region

All regions presented below are as configured by the United States Census Bureau.

Total area [2] Land area [2] Water [2]
RegionRanksq mikm²Ranksq mikm²% landRanksq mikm²% water
Midwest 3821,724.382,128,2563750,522.521,943,844271,201.86184,412
Northeast 4181,319.85469,6164161,911.78419,350419,408.0750,267
South 2920,446.372,383,9452868,417.822,249,192352,028.55134,753
West 11,873,251.634,851,69911,751,053.314,535,2071122,198.32316,492
Alaska State of the United States of America

Alaska is a U.S. state in the northwest extremity of the United States West Coast, just across the Bering Strait from Asia. The Canadian province of British Columbia and territory of Yukon border the state to the east and southeast. Its most extreme western part is Attu Island, and it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. To the north are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas—southern parts of the Arctic Ocean. The Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest. It is the largest U.S. state by area and the seventh largest subnational division in the world. In addition, it is the 3rd least populous and the most sparsely populated of the 50 United States; nevertheless, it is by far the most populous territory located mostly north of the 60th parallel in North America: its population—estimated at 738,432 by the United States Census Bureau in 2015— is more than quadruple the combined populations of Northern Canada and Greenland. Approximately half of Alaska's residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska's economy is dominated by the fishing, natural gas, and oil industries, resources which it has in abundance. Military bases and tourism are also a significant part of the economy.

Contiguous United States 48 states of the United States apart from Alaska and Hawaii

The contiguous United States or officially the conterminous United States consists of the 48 adjoining U.S. states on the continent of North America. The terms exclude the non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii, and all other off-shore insular areas. These differ from the related term continental United States which includes Alaska but excludes Hawaii and insular territories.

Texas State of the United States of America

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

See also


  1. Areas were not published in the 2010 census, unlike previous years, as the U.S. Census Bureau no longer collects data on the Minor Outlying Islands. [2]

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