This is an alphabetical list of all 50 of the United States' states.

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The 50 states of the United States of America can be used for anything from a school report to a Sporcle quiz, and we have compiled a comprehensive list for your convenience.

Whether you need it for a research paper or a Sporcle quiz, we have a complete list of the fifty states in the United States of America. To help you quickly find the answer to your question, we have compiled a list of state names organized in several standard ways.

Listed in a single column in alphabetical order are the names of all 50 U.S. states below:

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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. This 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. The Ocean State: Rhode Island
  40. To the South
  41. Geographical Indicator: South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. Western Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

Concurrently, the world's continents and nations, listed alphabetically

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

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State(s): AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasMissouriMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPenns VirginiaWisconsin


States of the United States, separated by commas

Below is an alphabetical list of all 50 states separated by commas:

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The following states: 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, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont The states of South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

List of States with Quotations Separated by Comma

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,'

The 50 States, Listed in Alphabetic Order with Their Sequence Numbers

This list, however, is the one you want if you're looking for a numerical rundown of the 50 states. Iowa, for instance, can be found to be the fifteenth state in the alphabetically ordered list.

The #1 Position: 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 32 New Mexico New York33 North Carolina, Volume 34 35th Parallel North Dakota Ohio36 Oklahoma37 Oregon38 Pennsylvania39 Here in Rhode Island, we're 40 A41 South Carolina Dakota (South) Tennessee43 Texas44 Utah45 Vermont46 Virginia47 Washington48 I-49, W.Va. Wisconsin

Fifty Wyoming

Below is a list of all of the states that have joined the United States since their inception.

There were originally 13 colonies: 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), 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).

In Hawaii (1959)

Alphabetical Order of the States

Here you go if you need to know the initial letter of each state for a game.

U.S. Regions Beginning with "A"

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas

The U.S. States Beginning with "C"

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut

Places Where "D" Is the First Letter

The 50 States Beginning with "F"

The 50 States Beginning with "G"

In other words, the states that begin with the letter "H"

Where to Find an "I" State

The 50 States That Begin with "K"

The United States of America, Letter "L"

U.S. Regions Beginning with "M"

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

The U.S. States Beginning with "N"

  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • It's in the Granite State, New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Carolina del Norte
  • In the state of North Dakota

All the States That Begin With "O"

The 50 States That Begin With "P"

All the States That Begin With "R"

Those States That Begin With "S"

  • Carolina del Sur
  • Dakota (State)

Those States Where the Name Begins with "T"

The United States's Initial "U" States

U.S. Regions Beginning with "V"

The 50 States Beginning with "W"

  • Washington
  • The Mountain State, or West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Countries by Their Initial Letter

In case you need the final letter of a state's name for a game, I've provided it below. Only states with the last letters a, d, e, g, h, i, j, n, o, s, and t or y are accepted.

The 50 states whose names end in "A"

Each of the 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia.

"West Virginia"

Countries That Have a State Name That Ends in "D"

The Ocean State: Rhode Island

Those States Where the Last Letter Is "E"

Those of us in the First State, Second, and Third!


That Part of the United States That Begins with the Letter "G"


In other words, the H-States.


I-State States



The 50 States That Contain the Letter "K"

New York

All the States That End in "N"



Locations in the United States Where the State Name Ends in "O"

Situated in the Mountain West, alongside Idaho and New Mexico


The 50 S-Forming States



Destinations in the United States Where the State Names End in "T"


All the U.S. States That End in "Y"

New Jersey

Provide Sequence of Abbreviations

If you need a simple, alphabetized list of the postal service-approved abbreviations for each state, look no further.

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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

A comma-separated version of that earlier list follows.

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List of State Capitals

  • New York's Albany is the place to go.
  • Maryland's Annapolis
  • ATL (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • "Augusta" (Maine)
  • Austin, TX
  • Louisiana's Baton Rouge
  • The city of Bismarck in the state of North Dakota.
  • Idaho's Boise
  • Locale: Boston (Massachusetts)
  • This is Carson City, Nevada.
  • (West Virginia) Charleston
  • City of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • Citing Columbia (South Carolina)
  • Ohio's Columbus
  • New Hampshire's Concord
  • (Colorado) Denver
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • New Castle County, Delaware's Dover
  • Kentucky's Frankfort
  • The capital of Pennsylvania is located in Harrisburg.
  • Town of Hartford, Connecticut
  • Montana's Mount Helena
  • Oahu, Hawaii, Honolulu
  • City of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • It's Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Missouri's capital, Jefferson City
  • In Alaska's Juneau.
  • City of Lansing, Michigan
  • Its capital city, Lincoln, is located in Nebraska.
  • Arkansas's Little Rock
  • In the city of Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Where: In the Alabama town of Montgomery
  • Location in Vermont; Montpelier
  • A city in Tennessee called Nashville.
  • The City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • The Olympia (Washington)
  • Arizona's capital city of Phoenix
  • St. Pierre (South Dakota)
  • The Rhode Island city of Providence
  • City of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Virginia's Richmond
  • The capital city of California, Sacramento
  • To put it simply, Salem is in Oregon.
  • Utah's Salt Lake City
  • New Mexico's Santa Fe
  • This is Springfield, Illinois.
  • St Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • The Florida capital of Tallahassee.
  • Trenton, New Jersey.

Capitals of the 50 States: A List

State Capital Alabama Montgomery Alaska Juneau Arizona Phoenix Arkansas This is Little Rock, Arkansas 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 Place de Baton Rouge Maine Augusta Maryland Annapolis Massachusetts Boston Michigan Lansing Minnesota Saint Paul Mississippi Jackson Missouri Locale: Jefferson City Montana Helena Nebraska Lincoln Nevada Town of Carson This New Hampshire Concord New Jersey Trenton New Mexico Santa Fe New York Albany Geographical Indication: North Carolina Raleigh The State of North Dakota Bismarck Ohio Columbus Oklahoma This is Oklahoma City Oregon Salem Pennsylvania Harrisburg The Ocean State: Rhode Island Providence Columbia, South Carolina Columbia The State of South Dakota. Pierre Tennessee Nashville Texas Austin Utah The Salt Lake City Vermont Montpelier Virginia Richmond Washington Olympia In the state of West Virginia. Charleston Wisconsin Madison Wyoming Cheyenne

List of Largest Cities, Sorted Alphabetically

Here is an alphabetical list of the largest cities in each state.

  • New Mexico's Albuquerque
  • In the city of Anchorage, Alaska
  • The city of Atlanta, Georgia
  • City of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Montana's Billings
  • Alabama's Birmingham
  • Location: Boise, Idaho
  • City of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Location: Burlington, Vermont
  • The Holy City of Charleston, SC
  • A city in southern West Virginia called Charleston.
  • The Queen City of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • The City of Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • In and around Chicago, Illinois
  • This is Columbus, Ohio
  • City of Denver, Colorado
  • Iowa's capital city, Des Moines
  • In and around the city of Detroit, Michigan
  • North Dakota's Fargo
  • Hawaii's capital city of Honolulu
  • The Houston, Texas Area
  • City of Indianapolis, IN
  • Mississippi's Jackson
  • Florida's Jacksonville
  • Municipality of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Vegas, Nevada
  • The Capital of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • City of Angels, California
  • Greater Louisville Area
  • This is the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Metropolis of Minneapolis
  • Where: In the heart of Tennessee, in a city called Nashville
  • The Big Easy: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • U.S.A., New York, NYC
  • Specifically, the city of Newark, New Jersey
  • The City of Oklahoma City
  • Cities: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Arizona's capital city of Phoenix
  • The Port City of Portland, Maine
  • Greater Portland Area, Oregon
  • New England's Providence
  • Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • City of Seattle, Washington
  • South Dakota's Sioux Falls
  • Located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the city of Virginia Beach
  • Kansas; Wichita
  • Delaware's Wilmington

States and their Territories

The United States also holds sovereignty over a number of overseas territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. The US territories are listed below, from A to Z:

  • U.S. Territories of the South Pacific
  • Insula Baker
  • Guam
  • Island of Howland
  • The Isle of Jarvis
  • Atoll of Johnston
  • In the Kingman Reef
  • We're on Midway Atoll.
  • Island of Navassa
  • Countries of the Northern Marianas
  • The Palmyra Reefs and Atoll
  • Caribbean island of Puerto Rico
  • The US Virgin Islands
  • Specifically, the Island of Wake

Teacher Aids and Materials

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Does Washington, DC C Seen as a State

Presently, Washington, DC is not C We did not include it in the list of 50 states because it does not meet the criteria to be called a state.

State with the Most Residents?

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

According to the World Population Review, these five countries are the most populous in the world:

  1. With 39,613,493 people, California is the most populous state in the country.
  2. To put Texas's population at nearly 30 million, read on.
  3. (There are) a lot of people living in Florida (21,944,577).
  4. 19,299,981 people call New York home.
  5. 12,804,123 people live in Pennsylvania.

Where Can I Find a Song Listing the States?

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

The Car Game of Collecting License Plates

Keeping a lookout for license plates from all 50 states is a fun game to play on road trips. One simple way to play is for everyone to keep an eye out for license plates on passing vehicles; anyone who spots a plate from a state other than their own gets a point. Once per state is the maximum allowed. Some people prefer to give points only to the first player to spot a particular license plate, depending on how competitive the group is. When the timer goes off (either because the car ride is over or because a break is needed), whoever has the most points wins.


In any case, I hope the following lists prove helpful. We are happy to provide you with a list of all 50 US states if you need it for any reason, be it a class, a project, or a game.

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