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Shaded map of states demonstrating population density (2013)
Map of states scaled proportional to population density (2015)
New Jersey is the most densely-populated state, and second in household income
Being home to the most populous city in the country, New York ranks 7th in overall density
Washington is ranked 24th in density, but is still above the national median
Despite a fairly average population density, Vermont has one of the smallest populations due to its small overall area
Idaho's overall population has increased rapidly in recent decades, but its population density relative to other states is low
About half of the population of Alaska lives in the Anchorage metropolitan area
Puerto Rico ranks as the third most densely-populated area in the U.S.

This article includes a sortable table listing the 50 United States by population density, population rank, and land area.

It also includes a sortable table of Density by states, divisions, regions and territories by population rank and land area, and a sortable table for Density by states, divisions, regions and territories in square miles and square kilometers.

Population density is calculated as resident population divided by total land area. Resident population is from the United States Census Bureau estimates for July 1, 2015, for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and from the 2010 Census for the other four United States territories (which is the latest data available as of March 5, 2016.) [1] Total land area is from the 2010 Census.[2]

The population density of the United States is relatively low compared to many other developed countries due to its size. For example, the population density of the U.S. is one-twelfth that of the Netherlands and one-fifteenth that of South Korea.[3]

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2015 Density by states by population rank and land areaEdit

2015 Density by states by population rank and land area
State Pop. dens.

Rank

Density

(Pop.
/ mi2)

Density

(Pop.
/ km2)

Pop.

Rank

2015
population
Land

Rank

Land
area
(mi2)
Land
area
(km2)
  New Jersey 1 1,218 470 11 8,958,013 46 7,354 19,046.8
  Rhode Island 2 1,021 394 43 1,056,298 50 1,034 2,678.0
  Massachusetts 3 871 336 15 6,794,422 45 7,800 20,201.9
  Connecticut 4 741 286 29 3,590,886 48 4,842 12,540.7
  Maryland 5 618 238 19 6,006,401 42 9,707 25,141.0
  Delaware 6 485 187 45 945,934 49 1,949 5,047.9
  New York 7 420 162 4 19,795,791 30 47,126 122,055.8
  Florida 8 378 145 3 20,271,272 26 53,625 138,888.1
  Pennsylvania 9 286 110 6 12,802,503 32 44,743 115,883.8
  Ohio 10 284 109 7 11,613,423 35 40,861 105,829.5
  California 11 251 97 1 39,144,818 3 163,696 423,970.7
  Illinois 12 231 89 5 12,859,995 24 55,519 143,793.5
  Hawaii 13 222 86 40 1,431,603 47 6,423 16,635.5
  Virginia 14 212 81 12 8,382,993 36 39,490.09 102,278.9
  North Carolina 15 206 79 9 10,042,802 29 48,617.91 125,919.8
  Indiana 16 184 71 16 6,619,680 38 35,826 92,788.9
  Georgia 17 177 68 8 10,214,860 21 57,513 148,958.0
  Michigan 18 175 67 10 9,922,576 22 56,539 146,435.3
  South Carolina 19 162 62 23 4,896,146 40 30,061 77,857.6
  Tennessee 20 160 61 17 6,600,299 34 41,235 106,798.2
  New Hampshire 21 148 57 41 1,330,608 44 8,953 23,188.2
  Kentucky 22 112 43 26 4,425,092 37 39,486 102,268.3
  Louisiana 23 108 41 25 4,670,724 33 43,204 111,897.8
  Washington 24 107 41 13 7,170,351 20 66,456 172,120.2
  Wisconsin 25 106 41 20 5,771,337 25 54,158 140,268.6
  Texas 26 105 40 2 27,469,114 2 261,232 676,587.8
  Alabama 27 95 37 24 4,858,979 28 50,645 131,169.9
  Missouri 28 88 34 18 6,083,672 18 68,742 178,041.0
  West Virginia 29 76 29 38 1,844,128 41 24,038 62,258.1
  Minnesota 30 68 26 21 5,489,594 14 79,627 206,233.0
  Vermont 31 67 26 49 626,042 43 9,217 23,871.9
  Mississippi 32 63 24 32 2,992,333 31 46,923 121,530.0
  Arizona 33 60 23 14 6,828,065 6 113,594 294,207.1
  Arkansas 34 57 22 33 2,978,204 27 52,035 134,770.0
  Oklahoma 35 57 22 28 3,911,338 19 68,595 177,660.2
  Iowa 36 55 21 30 3,123,899 23 55,857 144,669.0
  Colorado 37 52 20 22 5,456,574 8 103,642 268,431.5
  Maine 38 43 16 42 1,329,328 39 30,843 79,883.0
  Oregon 39 41 16 27 4,028,977 10 95,988 248,607.8
  Utah 40 36 14 31 2,995,919 12 82,170 212,819.3
  Kansas 41 36 14 34 2,911,641 13 81,759 211,754.8
  Nevada 42 26 10 35 2,890,845 7 109,781 284,331.5
  Nebraska 43 24 9 37 1,896,190 15 76,824 198,973.2
  Idaho 44 20 7 39 1,654,930 11 82,643 214,044.4
  New Mexico 45 17 6 36 2,085,109 5 121,298 314,160.4
  South Dakota 46 11 4 46 858,469 16 75,811 196,349.6
   North Dakota 47 10 4 47 756,927 17 69,001 178,711.8
  Montana 48 7 2 44 1,032,949 4 145,546 376,962.4
  Wyoming 49 6 2 50 586,107 9 97,093 251,469.7
  Alaska 50 1 0 48 738,432 1 570,641 1,477,953.4

2013 Density by states, divisions, regions and territories by population rank and land areaEdit

Legend
Division totals – 9 divisions for 50 States and DC
Region totals – 4 regions (2 or 3 divisions each)
Individual territories
Total U.S. Territories
50 States + DC and District of Columbia
Divisions & regions as defined by U.S. Census Bureau
Last col. shows larger region which contains entity in col. 1
2013 Density by states, divisions, regions and territories by population rank and land area
State/Territory/
Division/Region
Dens.

R
a
n
k

Density

(Pop.
/ mi2)

Density

(Pop.
/ km2)

Pop.

R
a
n
k

2013
pop.
Land

R
a
n
k

Land
area
(mi2)
Land
area
(km2)
Geog.
sort
  New Jersey 1 1,218.1 470.3 11 8,899,339 46 7,354 19,046.8 MdAtl
  Rhode Island 2 1,021.6 394.4 43 1,051,511 50 1,034 2,678.0 NEng
  Massachusetts 3 858.0 331.3 14 6,692,824 45 7,800 20,201.9 NEng
  Connecticut 4 742.6 286.7 29 3,596,080 48 4,842 12,540.7 NEng
  Maryland 5 610.7 235.8 19 5,928,814 42 9,707 25,141.0 SAtl
  Delaware 6 475.1 183.4 45 925,749 49 1,949 5,047.9 SAtl
  New York 7 417.0 161.0 3 19,651,127 30 47,126 122,055.8 MdAtl
  Florida 8 364.6 140.8 4 19,552,860 26 53,625 138,888.1 SAtl
  Pennsylvania 9 285.5 110.2 6 12,773,801 32 44,743 115,883.8 MdAtl
  Ohio 10 283.2 109.3 7 11,570,808 35 40,861 105,829.5 ENC
  California 11 246.1 95.0 1 38,332,521 3 155,779 403,465.8 Pac
  Illinois 12 232.0 89.6 5 12,882,135 24 55,519 143,793.5 ENC
  Hawaii 13 218.6 84.4 40 1,404,054 47 6,423 16,635.5 Pac
  Virginia 14 209.2 80.8 12 8,260,405 36 39,490 102,278.6 SAtl
  North Carolina 15 202.6 78.2 10 9,848,060 29 48,618 125,920.0 SAtl
  Indiana 16 183.4 70.8 16 6,570,902 38 35,826 92,788.9 ENC
  Michigan 17 175.0 67.6 9 9,895,622 22 56,539 146,435.3 ENC
  Georgia 18 173.7 67.1 8 9,992,167 21 57,513 148,958.0 SAtl
  South Carolina 19 158.8 61.3 24 4,774,839 40 30,061 77,857.6 SAtl
  Tennessee 20 157.5 60.8 17 6,495,978 34 41,235 106,798.2 ESC
  New Hampshire 21 147.8 57.1 42 1,323,459 44 8,953 23,188.2 NEng
  Kentucky 22 111.3 43.0 26 4,395,295 37 39,486 102,268.3 ESC
  Louisiana 23 107.1 41.4 25 4,625,470 33 43,204 111,897.8 WSC
  Wisconsin 24 106.0 40.9 20 5,742,713 25 54,158 140,268.6 ENC
  Washington 25 104.9 40.5 13 6,971,406 20 66,456 172,120.2 Pac
  Texas 26 101.2 39.1 2 26,448,193 2 261,232 676,587.8 WSC
  Alabama 27 95.4 36.8 23 4,833,722 28 50,645 131,169.9 ESC
  Missouri 28 87.9 33.9 18 6,044,171 18 68,742 178,041.0 WNC
  West Virginia 29 77.2 29.8 38 1,854,305 41 24,038 62,258.1 SAtl
  Minnesota 30 68.1 26.3 21 5,420,380 14 79,627 206,233.0 WNC
  Vermont 31 68.0 26.3 49 626,630 43 9,217 23,871.9 NEng
  Mississippi 32 63.7 24.6 31 2,991,207 31 46,923 121,530.0 ESC
  Arizona 33 58.3 22.5 15 6,626,624 6 113,594 294,207.1 Mtn
  Arkansas 34 56.9 22.0 32 2,959,373 27 52,035 134,770.0 WSC
  Oklahoma 35 56.1 21.7 28 3,850,568 19 68,595 177,660.2 WSC
  Iowa 36 55.3 21.4 30 3,090,416 23 55,857 144,669.0 WNC
  Colorado 37 50.8 19.6 22 5,268,367 8 103,642 268,431.5 Mtn
  Maine 38 43.1 16.6 41 1,328,302 39 30,843 79,883.0 NEng
  Oregon 39 40.9 15.8 27 3,930,065 10 95,988 248,607.8 Pac
  Kansas 40 35.4 13.7 34 2,893,957 13 81,759 211,754.8 WNC
  Utah 41 35.3 13.6 33 2,900,872 12 82,170 212,819.3 Mtn
  Nevada 42 25.4 9.8 35 2,790,136 7 109,781 284,331.5 Mtn
  Nebraska 43 24.3 9.4 37 1,868,516 15 76,824 198,973.2 WNC
  Idaho 44 19.5 7.5 39 1,612,136 11 82,643 214,044.4 Mtn
  New Mexico 45 17.2 6.6 36 2,085,287 5 121,298 314,160.4 Mtn
  South Dakota 46 11.1 4.3 46 844,877 16 75,811 196,349.6 WNC
   North Dakota 47 10.5 4.1 48 723,393 17 69,001 178,711.8 WNC
  Montana 48 7.0 2.7 44 1,015,165 4 145,546 376,962.4 Mtn
  Wyoming 49 6.0 2.3 50 582,658 9 97,093 251,469.7 Mtn
  Alaska 50 1.3 0.5 47 735,132 1 570,641 1,477,953.4 Pac
       Mid-Atlantic 1 416.5 160.8 4 41,324,267 8 99,223 256,986.4 NEast
       New England 2 233.2 90.0 9 14,618,806 9 62,688 162,361.2 NEast
       South Atlantic 3 233.1 90.0 1 61,783,647 5 265,062 686,507.4 South
       East North Central 4 192.1 74.2 3 46,662,180 6 242,902 629,113.3 MWest
       East South Central 5 105.0 40.5 8 18,716,202 7 178,290 461,769.0 South
       West South Central 6 89.1 34.4 5 37,883,604 4 425,066 1,100,915.9 South
       Pacific 7 57.4 22.2 2 51,373,178 1 895,286 2,318,780.1 West
       West North Central 8 41.1 15.9 7 20,885,710 3 507,620 1,314,729.8 MWest
       Mountain 9 26.7 10.3 6 22,881,245 2 855,767 2,216,426.4 West
       Northeast 1 345.5 133.4 4 55,943,073 4 161,912 419,350.2 USA
       South 2 136.3 52.6 1 118,383,453 2 868,418 2,249,192.3 USA
       Midwest 3 90.0 34.7 3 67,547,890 3 750,523 1,943,845.6 USA
       West 4 42.4 16.4 2 74,254,423 1 1,751,053 4,535,206.5 USA
  District of Columbia -- 10,588.8 4,088.4 -- 646,449 -- 61 158.0 SAtl
  50 States & DC -- 89.5 34.6 -- 316,128,839 -- 3,531,905 9,147,592.0 NAmer
  Puerto Rico 1 1,055.9 407.7 1 3,615,086 1 3,424 8,868.1 Terr.
  U.S. Virgin Islands 2 792.2 305.9 3 106,405 4 134 347.1 Terr.
  Guam 3 759.6 293.3 2 159,358 2 210 543.9 Terr.
  American Samoa 4 726.1 280.3 4 55,519 5 76 196.8 Terr.
  Northern Mariana Islands 5 295.5 114.1 5 53,883 3 182 471.4 Terr.
       Total Territories -- 991.0 382.6 -- 3,990,251 -- 4,027 10,429.9 USA

2013 Density by states, divisions, regions and territories in square miles and square kilometersEdit

Legend
Division totals – 9 divisions for 50 states and DC
Region totals – 4 regions (2 or 3 divisions each)
Individual territories
Total U.S. Territories
50 states + DC and District of Columbia
Divisions & regions as defined by U.S. Census Bureau
Last col. shows larger region which contains entity in col. 2
2013 Density by states, divisions, regions and territories in square miles and square kilometers
Rank State/Territory/
Division/Region
Density

(Pop.
/ mi2)

Density

(Pop.
/ km2)

Geog.
sort
--   District of Columbia 10,588.8 4,088.4 MdAtl
1   New Jersey 1,210.1 467.2 MdAtl
1   Puerto Rico 1,055.9 407.7 Terr.
2   Rhode Island 1,017.1 392.7 NEng
--        Territories 991.0 382.6 USA
3   Massachusetts 858.0 331.3 NEng
2   U.S. Virgin Islands 792.2 305.9 Terr.
3   Guam 759.6 293.3 Terr.
4   Connecticut 742.6 286.7 NEng
4   American Samoa 726.1 280.4 Terr.
5   Maryland 610.8 235.8 MdAtl
6   Delaware 475.1 183.4 MdAtl
7   New York 417.0 161.0 MdAtl
1        Mid-Atlantic 416.5 160.8 NEast
8   Florida 364.6 140.8 SAtl
1        Northeast 345.5 133.4 USA
5   Northern Mariana Islands 295.5 114.1 Terr.
9   Pennsylvania 285.5 110.2 MdAtl
10   Ohio 283.2 109.3 ENC
11   California 246.1 95.0 Pac
2        New England 233.2 90.0 NEast
3        South Atlantic 233.1 90.0 South
12   Illinois 232.0 89.6 ENC
13   Hawaii 218.6 84.4 Pac
14   Virginia 209.2 80.8 SAtl
15   North Carolina 202.6 78.2 SAtl
4        East North Central 192.1 74.2 MWest
16   Indiana 183.4 70.8 ENC
17   Michigan 175.0 67.6 ENC
18   Georgia 173.7 67.1 SAtl
19   South Carolina 158.8 61.3 SAtl
20   Tennessee 157.5 60.8 ESC
21   New Hampshire 147.8 57.1 NEng
2        South 136.3 52.6 USA
22   Kentucky 111.3 43.0 ESC
23   Louisiana 107.1 41.3 WSC
24   Wisconsin 106.0 40.9 ENC
5        East South Central 105.0 40.5 South
25   Washington 104.9 40.5 Pac
26   Texas 103.1 40.8 WSC
27   Alabama 95.4 36.9 ESC
3        Midwest 90.0 34.7 USA
--   50 States + DC 89.5 34.6 NAmer
6        West South Central 89.1 34.4 South
28   Missouri 87.9 33.9 WNC
29   West Virginia 77.1 29.8 SAtl
30   Minnesota 68.1 26.3 WNC
31   Vermont 68.0 26.3 NEng
32   Mississippi 63.7 24.6 ESC
33   Arizona 58.3 22.5 Mtn
7        Pacific 57.4 22.2 West
34   Arkansas 56.9 21.8 WSC
35   Oklahoma 56.1 21.3 WSC
36   Iowa 54.8 21.2 WNC
37   Colorado 50.8 19.6 Mtn
4        West 49.5 19.1 USA
38   Maine 43.1 16.6 NEng
8        West North Central 41.1 15.9 MWest
39   Oregon 40.9 15.8 Pac
40   Kansas 35.4 13.7 WNC
41   Utah 35.3 13.6 Mtn
9        Mountain 26.7 10.3 West
42   Nevada 25.4 9.8 Mtn
43   Nebraska 24.3 9.4 WNC
44   Idaho 19.5 7.5 Mtn
45   New Mexico 17.2 6.6 Mtn
46   South Dakota 11.1 4.3 WNC
47    North Dakota 10.5 4.0 WNC
48   Montana 7.0 2.7 Mtn
49   Wyoming 6.0 2.3 Mtn
50   Alaska 1.3 0.5 Pac

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