Wednesday, April 01, 2009


State Size in Square Miles
Here are the 10 largest         10 smallest states in the US.

1. Alaska          570,374         1. Rhode Island       1,045
2. Texas           261,914         2. Delaware            1,955
3. California     155,973         3. Connecticut        4,845
4. Montana       145,556         4. Hawaii                6,423
5. New Mexico  121,365         5. New Jersey         7,418
6. Arizona         113,642         6. Massachusetts     7,838
7. Nevada         109,806         7. New Hampshire   8,969
8. Colorado       103,729         8. Vermont             9,249
9. Wyoming        97,105         9. Maryland             9,775
10. Oregon         96,003         10. West Virginia     24,087

Alaska with 570,374 square miles is more than twice the size of number 2. Texas. As you can see the rest are nearly 100,000 square miles or above. On the smallest side, we have Rhode Island at number one, which could fit into Alaska 569 times. The smallest states are mostly made up of the original 13 colonies (Vermont was part of New York, Old Virgina included part of West Virgina), Hawaii is the exception. It's easy to see the history of our expansion with our original states being so tiny and growing so large as we expanded, as our ability to move across larger distances also increased.

And now for population

Here are the 10 largest in Pop and 10 smallest in Pop

1. California  36,756,666                1. Wyoming 532,668
2. Texas        24,326,974                2. Vermont 621,270
3. New York   19,490,297                3. North Dakota 641,481
4. Florida      18,328,340                4. Alaska 686,293
5. Illonis      12,901,563                  5. South Dakota 804,194
6. Pennsylvania   12,448,279           6. Delaware 873,092
7. Ohio        11,485,910                  7. Montana 967,440
8. Michigan  10,003,422                  8. Rhode Island 1,050,788
9. Georgia    9,685,744                   9. Hawaii 1,288,198
10. N. Carolina      9,222,414        10. New Hampshire 1,315,809

Starting again with the larger side, Texas is number two again, and of course California is in the number one spot with about 12% of the Total United States population. The rest of the People heavy states are clustered around the rust belt. Sitting between New York City and Philly, New Jersey the 5th smallest state but just's misses the top 10 at 11th in population, and is one of the most developed and diverse states in the Union. On the "next house isn't for miles" side, we've got a lonely cluster in the north midwest, with Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming-the 9th largest state-having the least amount of people. I read a wired article once that explained WY was the best place to live if you wanted to survive a pandemic. Few people, who don't do much traveling, and no major airports near by. It's worth noting that Dealware and Rhode Island, the two smallest states, both have larger populations than Alaska. I also find it interesting that in the North East we have some of the most populated states right next to some of the least populated in New England. Also, Maine which makes up half of New England, would come in the 12 spot for fewest pop. But this is mostly an issue of the size of the state. As far as density goes the New England states are probably still denser then a lot of the Mid West.

Okay, I'm done.