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50 US States List — Alphabetical Order (Word, PDF, Excel)

50 US States List — Alphabetical Order (Word, PDF, Excel)

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The US is such a huge and diverse country, with 50 states that span from coast to coast, and from the chilly north to the sunny south.

Each state has its own mix of beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and unique traditions that make it a great place to visit or call home.

No matter whether you’re visiting or residing in one of these amazing 50 states, there’s always a novel and thrilling adventure waiting for you.

But what are these 50 states even called to begin with?

Let’s keep it simple for today and let us just have a look at what the names of these states are and discuss a few basic facts about these.

Note: You will find FREE downloads (All US States in alphabetical order, US States with capitals, US States on the map & more) towards the end of this post! Enjoy.

We will kick this off with a list of all 50 US states in alphabetical order. 


US States List in Alphabetical order

  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. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming


All 50 US States List with Abbreviations

  1. Alabama – AL
  2. Alaska – AK
  3. Arizona – AZ
  4. Arkansas – AR
  5. California – CA
  6. Colorado – CO
  7. Connecticut – CT
  8. Delaware – DE
  9. Florida – FL
  10. Georgia – GA
  11. Hawaii – HI
  12. Idaho – ID
  13. Illinois – IL
  14. Indiana – IN
  15. Iowa – IA
  16. Kansas – KS
  17. Kentucky – KY
  18. Louisiana – LA
  19. Maine – ME
  20. Maryland – MD
  21. Massachusetts – MA
  22. Michigan – MI
  23. Minnesota – MN
  24. Mississippi – MS
  25. Missouri – MO
  26. Montana – MT
  27. Nebraska – NE
  28. Nevada – NV
  29. New Hampshire – NH
  30. New Jersey – NJ
  31. New Mexico – NM
  32. New York – NY
  33. North Carolina – NC
  34. North Dakota – ND
  35. Ohio – OH
  36. Oklahoma – OK
  37. Oregon – OR
  38. Pennsylvania – PA
  39. Rhode Island – RI
  40. South Carolina – SC
  41. South Dakota – SD
  42. Tennessee – TN
  43. Texas – TX
  44. Utah – UT
  45. Vermont – VT
  46. Virginia – VA
  47. Washington – WA
  48. West Virginia – WV
  49. Wisconsin – WI
  50. Wyoming – WY


50 US States List – Largest to Smallest

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If you have have been wondering what US state is the biggest and what US state is the smallest, you will find this info in the list below. 


All 50 US states List Largest to Smallest in Terms of Population

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


US States List Largest to Smalls in terms of Land Area

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


50 US States List with Capitals

  1. Alabama – Montgomery
  2. Alaska – Juneau
  3. Arizona – Phoenix
  4. Arkansas – Little Rock
  5. California – Sacramento
  6. Colorado – Denver
  7. Connecticut – Hartford
  8. Delaware – Dover
  9. Florida – Tallahassee
  10. Georgia – Atlanta
  11. Hawaii – Honolulu
  12. Idaho – Boise
  13. Illinois – Springfield
  14. Indiana – Indianapolis
  15. Iowa – Des Moines
  16. Kansas – Topeka
  17. Kentucky – Frankfort
  18. Louisiana – Baton Rouge
  19. Maine – Augusta
  20. Maryland – Annapolis
  21. Massachusetts – Boston
  22. Michigan – Lansing
  23. Minnesota – Saint Paul
  24. Mississippi – Jackson
  25. Missouri – Jefferson City
  26. Montana – Helena
  27. Nebraska – Lincoln
  28. Nevada – Carson City
  29. New Hampshire – Concord
  30. New Jersey – Trenton
  31. New Mexico – Santa Fe
  32. New York – Albany
  33. North Carolina – Raleigh
  34. North Dakota – Bismarck
  35. Ohio – Columbus
  36. Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
  37. Oregon – Salem
  38. Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
  39. Rhode Island – Providence
  40. South Carolina – Columbia
  41. South Dakota – Pierre
  42. Tennessee – Nashville
  43. Texas – Austin
  44. Utah – Salt Lake City
  45. Vermont – Montpelier
  46. Virginia – Richmond
  47. Washington – Olympia
  48. West Virginia – Charleston
  49. Wisconsin – Madison
  50. Wyoming – Cheyenne


US States Lists & Downloads

The 50 US States on the Map

If you have a look at a map of North America, you’ll see that the United States is comprised of 50 states that come together to create a beautiful, diverse tapestry.

Each US state has its own individual identity and contributes to the country’s unique character.

In the east, the Atlantic coast is lined with states like Maine, Florida, and the Carolinas (North Carolina and South Carolina), each with their distinct coastlines and history.

The Midwest is characterized by the Great Lakes region, with states such as Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and the agricultural heartland, featuring states like Iowa (IA), Nebraska (NE), and Kansas (KS).

To the south, bordering Mexico, states like Texas and Arizona showcase a blend of cultural influences and vast desert landscapes.

As we move towards the West, the majestic Rocky Mountains span across states like Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, offering breathtaking views and outdoor adventures.

The Pacific Coast, with states like California, Oregon, and Washington, features a diverse mix of vibrant cities, rugged coastlines, and lush forests.

In addition to the contiguous 48 states, the US map also includes the non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii.

If you are wondering what a contiguous state is, then here’s a definition for you: A contiguous state refers to states that are adjacent to one another and share a common border, forming an unbroken geographical connection. 

As Alaska and Hawaii don’t share a common border and are not adjacent to the other states of the US, these are called non-contiguous states. (At this point, you might also want to look into what a “Tri-state area” is).

Alaska, located in the northwest extremity of the continent, is the largest state by land area and is known for its stunning wilderness and remote landscapes.

Hawaii, on the other hand, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, is famous for its tropical climate, volcanic landscapes, and rich Polynesian culture.

Together, the 50 states on the US map create a rich geographical tapestry that reflects the country’s diverse environments, regional cultures, and historical narratives.

50 States Map USA


List with 52 US States — Wait a second…

If you are looking for a list with 52 US States, then you are, unfortunately, misinformed. 

As a matter of fact, the US only counts 50 states. 

However, there are a couple of reasons why some people think that the US indeed counts 52 states instead of 50. Let’s have a quick look at these misconceptions and let’s clear things up. 


People count Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C as US States

One common reason for the confusion whether the US counts 50 or 52 states is that people might be including Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., in the count.

Puerto Rico is a US territory, not a state, and although its residents are US citizens, it does not have the same representation in Congress as the 50 states.

Then, as far as Washington D.C. goes, while it is the capital of the United States, it is NOT part of any state. It is a separate federal district, which is why it is called the District of Columbia.


People misinterpret the US flag

We all know the US flag. And we all know that there are stars on it. In fact, the US flag features 50 stars, representing the 50 states of the United States.

However, as there are so many of it, some people may miscount the stars or assume that the 13 stripes also represent states, leading to confusion about the actual number of states in the US.


People count other US territories as US States that simply are not

The US has other territories besides Puerto Rico, such as Guam, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, which some people may mistakenly count as US states.

With all that said, when people search for a list with 52 states, they falsely count Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. as additional states of the US. Which is simply not the case. 


Download a List with all the 50 States in the US (Word & PDF)

If you would like to download the list with all 50 US states, we are more than happy to provide this list for you:


50 States List in Excel Format (Excel or Google Sheets)

If you would like to have the list with all 50 US states in Excel format, here you go:


Download the US Map with all 50 States

Download the US Map featuring all the 50 states for quick reference and educational purposes (private use!)


Download a List with the 50 States and Capital for each State

US States Quiz

Download our little quiz and put your knowledge of the US states to test! Good luck!


Frequently asked questions about the 50 US States


Which US state is the largest?

In terms of land area, Alaska is the largest US state.


Which US state is the smallest?

In terms of land area, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. In terms of population, Wyoming is the smallest US state. 


Which is the most populous state in the US?

California is the most populous state in the US with about 39 million people.


Which US state is the oldest?

If the question refers to the oldest state in terms of joining the United States, then the answer would be Delaware. Delaware was the first state to ratify the US Constitution on December 7, 1787, making it the first state to join the Union.


Which US state is known as the “Last Frontier” and has the largest land area?

Alaska is known as the “Last Frontier” and has the largest land area.


Which state has the longest coastline, stretching over 3,300 miles?

Alaska has the longest coastline with over 3,300 miles. 


What US state is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”?

The US state Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 lakes. However, Minnesota has even more lakes than that. In fact, the amount of lakes in Minnesota is pretty close to 12,000. 


Which state is home to the oldest national park in the United States, Yellowstone National Park?

Wyoming is home to Yellowstone National Park.


Are there 52 states in the US?

There are only 50 US states. Chances are that you are counting Puerto Rico and Washington D.C as US states. However, Puerto Rico is simply a US territory but not a US State and Washington D.C, while being the capital of the US, is not part of any state.