List of the 50 US States, Including Their Alphabetical Order

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If you need a complete list of the fifty states in the United States of America for any reason, be it a school assignment or a Sporcle trivia question, you've come to the right place. There are many lists of states online, but we created this one to help you find the one that best answers your question as quickly as possible.

The names of all 50 states are provided in a single column down below, in alphabetical order:

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  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. The state of New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. Carolina del Norte
  34. State of North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. It's in Rhode Island.
  40. Carolina del Sur
  41. State Name: South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. Western Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

Also see: an alphabetical list of continents and countries

To make copying and pasting the list of US states easier, here it is without the numbers:

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State(s): AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonP VirginiaWisconsin


American State List (Separated by Comma)

Each of the fifty states is represented by a separate line, separated by commas:

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Alabam, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. State of South Carolina State of Tennessee State of Texas State of Utah State of Vermont State of Virginia State of Washington State Of West Virginia State Of Wisconsin State Of Wyoming

List of States and Quotations, Separated by Commas

Quotations around the states may also be necessary in certain contexts (such as programming or database queries):

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“Alabama”,”Alaska”,”Arizona”,”Arkansas”,”California”,”Colorado”,”Connecticut”,”Delaware”,”Florida”,”Georgia”,”Hawaii”,”Idaho”,”Illinois”,”Indiana”,”Iowa”,”Kansas”,”Kentucky”,”Louisiana”,”Maine”,”Maryland”,”Massachusetts”,”Michigan”,”Minnesota”,”Mississippi”,”Missouri”,”Montana”,”Nebraska” 'Nevada', 'New Hampshire,' 'New Jersey,' 'New Mexico,' 'New York,' 'North Carolina,' 'North Dakota,' 'Ohio,' 'Pennsylvania,' 'Rhode Island,' 'South Carolina,' 'South Dakota,' 'Tennessee,' 'Texas,' 'Utah,' 'Vermont,'

Ordered by State Name, Below You'll Find Their Numbers

Alternatively, this list has the 50 states ordered numerically. Iowa, for instance, is the 15th state listed in alphabetical order.

1) Alabama2 Alaska3 Arizona4 Arkansas5 California6 Colorado7 Connecticut8 Delaware9 Florida10 Georgia11 Hawaii12 Idaho13 Illinois14 Indiana15 Iowa16 Kansas17 Kentucky18 Louisiana19 Maine20 Maryland21 Massachusetts22 Michigan23 Minnesota24 Mississippi25 Missouri26 Montana27 Nebraska28 Nevada29 30 New Hampshire I-31 New Jersey Southwestern United States: New Mexico32 New York33 I-34 exit ramp in North Carolina A35 North Dakota Ohio36 Oklahoma37 Oregon38 Pennsylvania39 A40 Rhode Island The 41st State: South Carolina 42nd Parallel South Dakota Tennessee43 Texas44 Utah45 Vermont46 Virginia47 Washington48 The West Virginia 49 Wisconsin

Fifty Wyoming

State List, Ordered by When They Joined the Union

The following states joined the Union: Delaware (1787), Pennsylvania (1787), New Jersey (1787), Georgia (1788), Connecticut (1788), Massachusetts (1788), Maryland (1788), South Carolina (1788), New Hampshire (1788), Virginia (1788), New York (1788), North Carolina (1789), Rhode Island (1790), Vermont (1791), Kentucky (1792), Tennessee (1796), Ohio (1803), Louisiana (1812), Indiana (1816), Mississippi (1817), Illinois (1818), Alabama (1819), Maine (1820), and Missouri (1821). The order of states that became independent is as follows: Michigan (1836), Florida (1845), Texas (1845), Iowa (1846), Wisconsin (1848), California (1850), Minnesota (1858), Oregon (1859), Kansas (1861), West Virginia (1863), Nevada (1864), Nebraska (1867), Colorado (1876), North Dakota (1889), South Dakota (1889), Montana (1889), Washington (1889), Idaho (1890), Wyoming (1889), Utah (1896), Oklahoma (1907), New Mexico (1912), Arizona (1912), and Alaska (1959).

Oahu (1959)

Individual States Based on Their Initial Letter

If you need to know the initial letter of each state for a game, here it is.

The U.S. States That Begin With "A"

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas

The United States of America That Begin With "C"

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut

Which States Begin With "D"

U.S. Regions Beginning with "F"

The United States of America, Letter "G"

The U.S. Region Beginning with "H"

The 50 First-Letter-States

In other words, the "K" States.

Places Where You Can Start With "L"

Which States Begin With "M"

  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana

The U.S. States Beginning with "N"

  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • This New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Carolina del Norte
  • The State of North Dakota

Places Where You Can Drive Around Without Getting Lost

The 50 U.S. States That Begin With "P"

The United States of America, Beginning with "R"

Those States Beginning with "S"

  • Colony State of South Carolina
  • Specifically, South Dakota

The U.S. States That Begin With "T"

The U.S. Territories

Countries That Begin With "V"

Locations Within the United States That Begin with "W"

  • Washington
  • It's in West Virginia.
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Locations Based on Their Final Letter

This is the final letter of each state for those games that require it. It's important to note that only states with the last letters a, d, e, g, h, i, j, n, o, s, t, or y are allowed.

Places Where "A" Is The Final Letter

State(s): AlabamaAlaskaArizonaCaliforniaFloridaGeorgiaIndianaIowaLouisianaMinnesotaMontanaNebraskaNevadaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOklahomaPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaVirginia

The state of West Virginia

All the States That End in "D"

The Ocean State: Rhode Island

Places Where the State Names End in "E"

New HampshireDelaware


Countries That End in "G"


All the States That Start With "H"


Individual States Where the Last Letter Is Present



Where K Is The Final Letter In The State Name

New York

All the States That End in "N"



The 50 States That End in "O"

State of ColoradoIdahoNew Mexico


The 50 S-Forming States



Where the State Names End in "T"


In other words, the Y-Territory States.

New Jersey

Sort the Acronyms

This is the list you need if all you care about is knowing the correct postal service abbreviations for each state.

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  • AK
  • AL
  • AR
  • AZ
  • CA
  • CO
  • CT
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • HI
  • IA
  • ID
  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
  • MO
  • MS
  • MT
  • NC
  • ND
  • NE
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • RI
  • SC
  • SD
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WA
  • WI
  • WV
  • WY

Here is the same list separated by commas for your convenience.

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The Capitals of the 50 States

  • The New York city of Albany.
  • Maryland's Annapolis
  • It's in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "Augusta" (Maine)
  • Austin, Texas
  • The City of Baton Rouge (in the State of Louisiana)
  • North Dakota's Bismarck
  • Idaho's Boise
  • Massachusetts's Boston
  • Nevada's Carson City
  • West Virginia's Charleston
  • City of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • The South Carolina capital, Columbia
  • City of Columbus, Ohio
  • New Hampshire's Concord
  • (Colorado) Denver
  • Des Moines, Iowa.
  • A town in Delaware called "Dover."
  • The capital of Kentucky is located in Frankfort.
  • City of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania.
  • That city in Connecticut called Hartford.
  • Montana's Mount Helena
  • Oahu, Hawaii, Honolulu
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mississippi's Jackson
  • Located in Missouri, Jefferson City is a major regional hub.
  • (Alaska's) Juneau
  • The Michigan capital city of Lansing.
  • Nebraska's Lincoln
  • Arkansas's Little Rock
  • (Wisconsin) Madison
  • (Alabama) Montgomery
  • The Vermont capital of Montpelier
  • The city of Nashville in the U.S. state of Tennessee.
  • (Oklahoma) Oklahoma City
  • In the city of Olympia, Washington.
  • Arizona's Phoenix
  • The City of Pierre (in South Dakota)
  • "Providence" refers to the Rhode Island city of Providence.
  • Its capital city, Raleigh, is located in North Carolina.
  • The City of Richmond in Virginia
  • San Francisco, California
  • Oregon's Salem
  • The Salt Lake City, Utah
  • New Mexico's Santa Fe
  • The Illinois city of Springfield
  • St Minnesota's St. Paul
  • (Florida) Tallahassee
  • State of Kansas; Topeka
  • "Trenton, New Jersey"

Capitals of the States, Listed by State

State Capital Alabama Montgomery Alaska Juneau Arizona Phoenix Arkansas City of Rock California Sacramento Colorado Denver Connecticut Hartford Delaware Dover Florida Tallahassee Georgia Atlanta Hawaii Honolulu Idaho Boise Illinois Springfield Indiana Indianapolis Iowa Des Moines Kansas Topeka Kentucky Frankfort Louisiana Located in the state of Louisiana, Baton Rouge Maine Augusta Maryland Annapolis Massachusetts Boston Michigan Lansing Minnesota Saint Paul Mississippi Jackson Missouri Capitol of Missouri Montana Helena Nebraska Lincoln Nevada City of Carson This New Hampshire Concord New Jersey Trenton New Mexico Santa Fe New York Albany Here in good ol' NC Raleigh We're in North Dakota. Bismarck Ohio Columbus Oklahoma The City of Oklahoma Oregon Salem Pennsylvania Harrisburg The Ocean State: Rhode Island Providence Carolina del Sur Columbia Dakota (State) Pierre Tennessee Nashville Texas Austin Utah Located in Salt Lake County, Utah, is the city of Salt Lake Vermont Montpelier Virginia Richmond Washington Olympia Western Virginia Charleston Wisconsin Madison Wyoming Cheyenne

Listed Here are the World's Largest Cities, in Alphabetical Order

The following is an alphabetical list of the largest cities in every state.

  • New Mexico's Albuquerque
  • Locale: Anchorage, Alaska
  • It's in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Place Name: Billings, Montana
  • Location: Birmingham, AL
  • Location: Boise, Idaho
  • Locale: Boston, MA
  • Locale: Bridgeport (Connecticut)
  • Vermont's Burlington
  • Where: In the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina
  • Where: In the city of Charleston, West Virginia
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cheyenne (Wyoming)
  • In and around Chicago, Illinois
  • A city in Ohio's state capital Columbus
  • Metro Area Name: Denver, Colorado
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa
  • The Motor City, Detroit
  • City of Fargo, North Dakota
  • The capital of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Metropolis: Indianapolis, IN
  • City of Jackson, Mississippi
  • Florida's Jacksonville
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • City of Lights: Sin City, Nevada
  • Its capital is Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Urban Core of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Place: Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Wisconsin's Milwaukee
  • Urban Core of Minneapolis, MN
  • City of Music and the Arts
  • Louisiana's New Orleans
  • City, State: New York, USA
  • New Jersey's Newark
  • Located in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
  • Location: Omaha, NE
  • City of Brotherly Love: Philly
  • Metropolitan Area of Phoenix, Arizona
  • The Port City of Portland, Maine
  • The Port City of Portland, Oregon
  • Rhode Island's Capital City, Providence
  • That place in Utah where they call Salt Lake City
  • City of Seattle, State of Washington
  • A city in South Dakota called Sioux Falls
  • Location: Virginia Beach
  • Specifically, the city of Wichita, Kansas
  • A city in Delaware called Wilmington

List of US Territories, From A to Z

The United States also holds sovereignty over a number of islands and territories in both the Pacific and Caribbean. An alphabetical list of US possessions follows:

  • Territory of the United States of America in the South Pacific
  • Island of Baker
  • Guam
  • Islands of Howland
  • Island of Jarvis
  • The Island of Johnston
  • Reef, Kingman
  • Island of Midway
  • A Island Called Navassa
  • The Marianas Islands, Northern
  • This is the Palmyra Atoll.
  • Caribbean island of Puerto Rico
  • Virgin Islands, United States
  • Isla del Rey

Educational Materials

Instructional Sheets for Students to Complete in Their Home States

Teacher's Marketplace.


The District of Columbia C Identified as a State

False, the nation's capital is not located in C therefore, it was not included in the list of 50 states because it does not meet the criteria to be called a state.

In which state do the majority of people live?

The population of California is expected to reach 39.2 Texas is the second-most populous state, with an estimated 29. 7MM people

According to data from the World Population Review, the five most populous countries are:

  1. Over 39.6 million people call California home.
  2. The population of Texas is 29,730.311.
  3. The population of Florida is 21,944,477.
  4. City of New York (19,299,981 people)
  5. There are 12,804,123 people living in Pennsylvania.

Is There a Song That Can Put The 50 States In The Correct Order In My Head?

There are many songs that can help you remember the order of the states, but our favorite is the one from Schoolhouse Rock:

Playing the Car License Plate Game

Keep an eye out for license plates from all 50 states as you drive across country. You can play this game by simply looking for license plates on passing vehicles; players score points when they spot plates from states other than their own. Only one instance of each state can be considered. Some groups prefer to give points only to the first person to spot a given license plate, while others are more open to giving points to subsequent players. Winner is determined by who has the most points when the game is over (either at the end of the car ride, after a certain amount of time has passed, or during a break).


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