Detailed catalog of the 50 states and other US possessions

A federal republic[1], the United States of America consists of 50 states, a federal district (Washington, D.C., the nation's capital), five major territories, and various minor islands. The individual states and the nation as a whole are each independent sovereign jurisdictions [2, 3]. United States Constitution, Article I, Section 10, Clause 4 (All legislative powers not delegated to Congress shall be vested in the States). The federal government consists of a bicameral legislature (the Senate and the House of Representatives) and fifty separate state governments (each with its own constitution and government). There are two senators for every state, and House of Representatives seats are allocated based on population as determined by the most recent decennial census required by the Constitution. [5] Furthermore, the Electoral College, the body that elects the president of the United States, allows each state to appoint a number of electors to vote in the election that is equal to the sum of the state's congressional deputies and senators. The federal district has a nonvoting delegate in the House of Representatives but no senators, and it is entitled to electoral votes but has none of its own. Each new state is admitted on equal footing with the existing states, but Congress cannot create a new state out of territory of an existing state or merge two or more states into one without the consent of all states involved. [7]

The United States administers fourteen overseas possessions. Of the United States Minor Outlying Islands, only five—American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—have a civilian population that is not part of the military. Navassa Island, Puerto Rico, and the United States of America are exceptions. S Except for the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, all of the territories are on the western side of the Pacific Ocean. The Constitution applies in its entirety to Palmyra Atoll, but not to the other territories. The Minor Outlying Islands and American Samoa are two of the ten territories that are not organized because they do not have an organic act enacted by Congress. The other four territories are organized because they do have such an act. While each of the five inhabited territories has a territorial legislature and a governor, its residents are not allowed to vote in federal elections and are instead represented by non-voting delegates in the House of Representatives.

California has the most residents, at 39,538,223, while Wyoming has the fewest, at 576,851; the federal district also has more residents than either Wyoming or Vermont, at 689,545. Alaska is the largest state in terms of total area, at 665,384 square miles (1,723,337 square kilometers), while Rhode Island is the smallest at 1,545 square miles (4,001 square kilometers). Alaska and Hawaii were admitted in 1959, making them the most recent states to join. Puerto Rico, with its 3,285,874 residents, is the most populous of the territories (by a margin of 21 states), while the Northern Mariana Islands, with its 47,329 residents, is the least populous. The total land area of Puerto Rico is 13,791 square kilometers, making it the largest territory; the total land area of Kingman Reef is zero. Zero kilometres squared area of 0.0101 km2)

States

District of Columbia

Territories

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Lands that have people living in them

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Territories in Conflict

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Annotations explicating the text

  1. ^ Upon signing the United States Declaration of Independence in July 1776, the original 13 states immediately became independent nations, and between 1777 and 1781, they formed the first Union of States by ratifying the Articles of Confederation. The following nine states are listed in the order in which they ratified the Constitution in 1787 and became members of the United States of America. The dates following the colony's admission to the Union are the official establishment dates established by Act of Congress. Check out List of U.S. states in order of their admission to the union for more information.
  2. ^ a b c d Is officially known as a "Commonwealth," as opposed to a "State,"
  3. ^ a b c d e Nonvoting representative in the House of Representatives [14]
  4. ^ American Samoans adopted a constitution in 1967 and held their first territorial elections in 1977, despite the absence of a federal organic act or other explicit Congressional directive on governance. [19]
  5. ^ a b Designed as a republic
  6. ^ Represented in the House of Representatives by a resident commissioner who does not have voting privileges. [14]
  7. ^ Leaving the lagoon out of it
  8. ^ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and contractors (about 40 people) populate the island year-round, despite the fact that no native peoples have ever lived there. [28]
  9. ^ U S Haiti has raised questions about its ability to exercise sovereign power.
  10. ^ There are no permanent residents on the island, but anywhere from four to twenty Nature Conservancy workers, US Fish and Wildlife Service agents, and researchers call it home. [28]
  11. ^ There are no native people living there, but as of 2009, there were still about 150 U. S There were about 150 U.S. military and civilian contractors stationed on Wake Island to maintain the airfield and the island's communications infrastructure. [33]
  12. ^ U S There is a dispute over sovereignty between the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Marshall Islands. [34]
  13. ^ This does not include the territorial waters adjacent to the bank, but rather only the landmass itself.
  14. ^ Not included in this calculation, however, are the territorial waters immediately adjacent to the Serranilla Bank.

References

  1. ^ Reference: Onuf, Peter S (1983) U.S. Jurisdictional Controversies of the Founding Era, 1775–1787: The Birth of the Federal Republic University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia. ISBN 978-0-8122-1167-2
  2. ^ Submitted with the United States' Fourth Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights regarding the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Common Core Document of the United States of America U S Foreign Affairs Office of Website Management, Department of State Retrieved July 9, 2017
  3. ^ Applying the United States Constitution to the Insular Regions of the United States. (PDF) The Accountability Branch of the Government When: November 1997 Archived (PDF) published first November 3, 2013 Retrieved July 10, 2013
  4. ^ In Radan (2007), page 12
  5. ^ Kristin D. Burnett Apportionment to Congress (Census 2010: A Briefing Book) (PDF) Commerce, U.S.A., Economics and Statistics Administration Website formerly archived at (PDF) Wednesday, November 19th, 2011
  6. ^ Einer R. Elhauge Article II Electors and Presidential Elections: Essays We at Heritage, The Saved in draft form on July 24, 2017 Retrieved Sunday, December 29. 2015
  7. ^ It's called the "Doctrine of the Equality of States" Justia Law The original version was published on October 19, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2017
  8. ^ a b c In the appendix, "Appendix B: Two-Letter State and Possession Abbreviations," we list the abbreviations for each state and territory that can be represented Protocols for Mailing Addresses DC (Washington) C The United States Postal Service May 2015 Retrieved from "Archived copy" on March 5, 2018 Retrieved March 3, 2018
  9. ^ Merrill Jensen (1959) To Explain the Social and Constitutional Background of the American Revolution, 1774–1781 (The Articles of Confederation) A Publication of the University of Wisconsin Press pp  xi, 184 ISBN 978-0-299-00204-6
  10. ^ a b c Population of the United States, its Territories, and Puerto Rico as of January 1, 2020 (Annual Population Report) (PDF) U S Statistics Canada Website Referencing Format: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. a b c d e f g h i Internal Point Coordinates and State Area Measurements" Geographical Location: Washington, D. C : U S Agency for National Statistics The original version was published March 16th, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018 features area data for the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas, including both land and water. The MAF/TIGER database, maintained by the Census Bureau, served as the basis for the area calculations. The dry land and wet ones, reflect the MAF/TIGER database's base features as updated through August of 2010
  12. ^ "Employment and Spending in State and Local Governments" (PDF) Bureau of the Census of the United States of America 2012 p  284 The original archived version (PDF) Sunday, October 17, 2011 Retrieved July 8, 2013
  13. ^ "A Brief Overview of the District of Columbia's Past" Washington, DC, Here We Come March 15, 2016 Original version published March 6, 2018 Retrieved March 3, 2018
  14. ^ a b This is a directory of the representatives. The District of Columbia C : U S Representational Body This version was archived from the original on March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018
  15. ^ a b c d e "Island Purchase" Insular Affairs Office Original version published April 14, 2012 Retrieved July 9, 2013 Internet Citation: CS1 maint: broken link
  16. ^ a b "Political Groups of the Insular Regions: Definitions" The District of Columbia, or Washington, D C : U S Interior Department June 12, 2015 Date of original publication: July 13, 2018 Retrieved March 1, 2018
  17. ^ Only slightly more than 340,000 people will call U.S. islands home by the year 2020. S October 28, 2021, Census Date
  18. ^ It's "American Samoa" This is the World Factbook. United States' Central Intelligence Agency Retrieved July 9, 2013
  19. ^ American Samoa, the Islands We Serve Located in the heart of the nation's capital, Washington, D C : U S Interior Department June 11, 2015 Originally published on March 9, 2018 Retrieved March 1, 2018
  20. ^ "Guam" The Official Record of the World's Events Agency for Central Intelligence Retrieved July 9, 2013
  21. ^ Northern Marianas Islands Information from the World Factbook The Central Intelligence Agency Retrieved July 9, 2013
  22. ^ It's "Puerto Rico" A Look at the World Factbook Agency for Central Intelligence Retrieved July 9, 2013
  23. ^ In this case, "Virgin Islands" Encyclopedia of the World's Information Retrieved July 9, 2013
  24. ^ a b The Baker Island. Insular Affairs Office This version was archived on April 19, 2012 Retrieved July 9, 2013
  25. ^ The "Isle of Jarvis" Ministry of Insular Affairs Page archived from the original on February 7, 2012 Retrieved July 9, 2013
  26. ^ There is an island called Johnston. A Division of the Office of Insular Affairs Retrieved March 14, 2012, from the archive. Retrieved July 9, 2013
  27. ^ Refuge for Wild Animals at Kingman Reef National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Date of original publication: May 16, 2013 Retrieved July 9, 2013
  28. ^ a b "U.S. Protected Wildlife Areas in the Pacific" Global Reference Manual "Central Intelligence Agency" Retrieved Tuesday, October 10 2014
  29. ^ As the name implies, "Midway Atoll" Insular Affairs Office This version was archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2013
  30. ^ The Island of Navassa DC (Washington) C : U S Interior Department June 12, 2015 Date of original publication: August 15, 2016 Retrieved March 3, 2018
  31. ^ The Atoll of Palmyra Bureau of Insular Affairs Date of original upload: January 11, 2012 Retrieved July 9, 2013
  32. ^ a b Known as "Wake Island," CIA's World Report Agency for Central Intelligence Retrieved On the tenth of October, 2014
  33. ^ Karen Earnshaw (December 17, 2016) Island of the kio flower; also known as Enen Kio (or Wake Island). A Frind Out Of The Marshalls Located in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands The original version was published on April 1, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018
  34. ^ a b c Martin W. Lewis (March 21, 2011) The Caribbean Sea and Its Maritime Disputes: When an Island Is Not an Island GeoCurrents Date of original publication: April 22, 2017 Retrieved June 16, 2017
  35. ^ Bajo Nuevo Bank, United States Minor Outlying Islands Geocaching June 6, 2017 Date of original publication: July 11, 2015 Retrieved July 10, 2015
  36. ^ What the Spanish call "Cayo Serranilla" Eco Fiwi In the original version from July 31, 2017 Retrieved June 16, 2017

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