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THE STATES

What are the five largest states?

The five largest states are Alaska (591,000 square miles [1,530,690 square kilometers]), Texas (266,800 square miles [691,012 square kilometers]), California (158,700 square miles [411,033 square kilometers]), Montana (147,000 square miles [380,730 square kilometers]), and New Mexico (121,600 square miles [314,944 square kilometers]).

What are the five smallest states?

The five smallest states are Rhode Island (1,200 square miles [3,108 square kilometers]), Delaware (2,000 square miles [5,180 square kilometers]), Connecticut (5,000

Why is Rhode Island called an island even though it's not?

Rhode Island's official name is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," and includes not only the area of the mainland (the location of the city of Providence), but also four major islands. The largest of these islands is named Rhode Island, from which the state gets the first part of its name.

square miles [12,950 square kilometers]), Hawaii (6,500 square miles [16,835 square kilometers]), and New Jersey (7,800 square miles [20,202 square kilometers]).

What are the five most populous U.S. states?

The five most populous states are California (33.8 million), Texas (20.8 million), New York (18.9 million), Florida (15.9 million), and Illinois (12.4 million).

What are the five least populous U.S. states?

The least populous U.S. states are Wyoming (493,000), the District of Columbia (572,000, though not technically a state). Vermont (608,000), Alaska (626,000), and North Dakota (642,000).

Which state has the most lakes?

Though Minnesota is known for its "10,000 lakes" (the slogan on its license plates), it is not the state with the most lakes. Neighboring Wisconsin has even more, about 14,000 lakes, but Alaska is the definite winner, with over three million lakes!

How many states have four-letter names?

There are three states that tie for having the shortest name: Utah, Ohio, and Iowa.

How many state names end in the letter "a"?

Twenty-one of the 50 states end in the letter "a." How was the Delmarva Peninsula named?

The Delmarva Peninsula, located on the East Coast, contains all of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia. The 180-mile (290-kilometer) long peninsula was named by combining the abbreviations of each of those three states—Del., Mar., and Va.

How many islands does Hawaii include?

There are a total of 122 islands in the Hawaiian chain. The southernmost island, Hawaii, is the largest (4,000 square miles [10,360 square kilometers]). The two westernmost islets are known as the Midway Islands and, while they are part of the United States, they are not part of the state of Hawaii.

Which Hawaiian island was once a leper colony?

On the island of Molokai in Hawaii, authorities established a secluded leper colony on an inaccessible cove. Its founder, Father Damian, served and cared for the inhabitants. He eventually died of the disease and the Catholic Church made him a saint for his work.

Which state has the highest divorce rate?

Nevada, with 6.4 divorces per 1,000 people, leads the nation. The District of Columbia has the lowest rate at 1.7 per 1,000, and is followed by Massachusetts with 2.2 divorces per 1,000 people.

What do the Sandwich Islands and Hawaiian Islands have in common?

The Sandwich Islands and Hawaiian Islands are actually the same set of islands. In 1778, when Captain James Cook discovered the islands, he named them the Sandwich Islands. Gradually, the islands began to be known by their indigenous name of Hawaii. Cook named the islands after his supporter, John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich.

What is the only state with a diamond mine?

Arkansas is the only state with a diamond mine. Located in southwestern Arkansas, the mine is no longer in commercial production but is now a park, Crater of Diamonds State Park, that allows visitors to take any diamonds they find.

What is the driest state?

Nevada averages only 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) of rainfall annually, making it the driest state in the union.

A catamaran shares the beach with bathers in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. This fiftieth American state consists of 122 islands altogether (photo by Paul A. Tucci).

A catamaran shares the beach with bathers in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. This fiftieth American state consists of 122 islands altogether (photo by Paul A. Tucci).

Which state has the most boat registrations?

Florida has 946,000 registered boats, followed by Michigan, with 945,000, and California, with 894,000.

What is the official neckwear of Arizona?

Like an official flower or animal, each state can add additional official symbols for their state. The official neckwear of Arizona is the bolo tie.

Which state borders only one other state?

Bordering New Hampshire, Maine is the only state that borders just one other state.

Which state borders the most others?

Tennessee borders eight states: Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Missouri also borders eight states: Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Which state has the longest coastline?

Alaska has more than 5,500 miles (8,851 kilometers) of coastline. The next largest is actually Michigan, which has 3,288 miles (5,291 kilometers) of coastline, far longer than both Florida (1,197 miles [1,926 kilometers]) and California (840 miles [1,352 kilometers]).

What state has only one legislative body?

Nebraska has a unicameral legislature; all other 49 states have two houses.

How many states have land north of Canada's southernmost point?

Twenty-seven of the 50 states have land north of Canada's southernmost point, Pele Island in Lake Erie.

Is Puerto Rico a state?

No, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. In 1898, the United States acquired the island of Puerto Rico from Spain, but Puerto Rico did not become a commonwealth until 1952. Though Puerto Ricans pay no federal income tax and cannot vote for President, they are citizens of the United States and can move freely around

A view of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico, which is still a commonwealth of the United States and not a state.

A view of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico, which is still a commonwealth of the United States and not a state.

the country. Puerto Rico is allowed one representative to the House of Representatives, but that member cannot vote. With approximately 3.6 million residents, Puerto Rico is currently the largest colony in the world.

 
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