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List of U.S. states and territories by population density

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
Being home to the most populous city in the country, New York ranks 7th (among the states) in overall density
Washington is ranked 24th in density among the states.
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, territories, and the District of Columbia 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 2015 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs for the other territories.[1][2] In the second table, territories data (except Puerto Rico) is from the 2010 Census. Total land area is from the 2010 Census.[3]

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.[4]

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2015 Density population rank and land area (states, territories, and DC)Edit

2015 Density by population rank and land area (states, territories, and the District of Columbia)
State Pop. dens.

Rank

Pop. dens.
Rank
50 states
Density

(Pop.
/ mi2)

Density

(Pop.
/ km2)

Pop.

Rank

2015
population
Land

Rank

Land
area
(mi2)
Land
area
(km2)
  District of Columbia 1 11,011 4,251 50 672,228 56 61.05 158.1
  New Jersey 2 1 1,218 470 11 8,958,013 46 7,354 19,046.8
  Puerto Rico 3 1,046 404 29 3,680,058 49 3,515 9,103.8
  Rhode Island 4 2 1,021 394 44 1,056,298 51 1,034 2,678.0
  Massachusetts 5 3 871 336 15 6,794,422 45 7,800 20,201.9
  Guam 6 808 314 53 169,885 52 210 543.9
  US Virgin Islands 7 799 308 54 106,906 54 133.73 346.4
  Connecticut 8 4 741 286 30 3,590,886 48 4,842 12,540.7
  American Samoa 9 721 279 55 55,538 55 77 199.4
  Maryland 10 5 618 238 19 6,006,401 42 9,707 25,141.0
  Delaware 11 6 485 187 46 945,934 50 1,949 5,047.9
  New York 12 7 420 162 4 19,795,791 30 47,126 122,055.8
  Florida 13 8 378 145 3 20,271,272 26 53,625 138,888.1
  Northern Mariana Islands 14 307 118 56 55,070 53 179 463.6
  Pennsylvania 15 9 286 110 6 12,802,503 32 44,743 115,883.8
  Ohio 16 10 284 109 7 11,614,373 35 40,861 105,829.5
  California 17 11 251 97 1 39,144,818 3 163,696 423,970.7
  Illinois 18 12 231 89 5 12,859,995 24 55,519 143,793.5
  Hawaii 19 13 222 86 41 1,431,603 47 6,423 16,635.5
  Virginia 20 14 212 81 12 8,382,993 36 39,490.09 102,278.9
  North Carolina 21 15 206 79 9 10,042,802 29 48,617.91 125,919.8
  Indiana 22 16 184 71 16 6,619,680 38 35,826 92,788.9
  Georgia 23 17 177 68 8 10,214,860 21 57,513 148,958.0
  Michigan 24 18 175 67 10 9,922,576 22 56,539 146,435.3
  South Carolina 25 19 162 62 23 4,896,146 40 30,061 77,857.6
  Tennessee 26 20 160 61 17 6,600,299 34 41,235 106,798.2
  New Hampshire 27 21 148 57 42 1,330,608 44 8,953 23,188.2
  Kentucky 28 22 112 43 26 4,425,092 37 39,486 102,268.3
  Louisiana 29 23 108 41 25 4,670,724 33 43,204 111,897.8
  Washington 30 24 107 41 13 7,170,351 20 66,456 172,120.2
  Wisconsin 31 25 106 41 20 5,771,337 25 54,158 140,268.6
  Texas 32 26 105 40 2 27,469,114 2 261,232 676,587.8
  Alabama 33 27 95 37 24 4,858,979 28 50,645 131,169.9
  Missouri 34 28 88 34 18 6,083,672 18 68,742 178,041.0
  West Virginia 35 29 76 29 39 1,844,128 41 24,038 62,258.1
  Minnesota 36 30 68 26 21 5,489,594 14 79,627 206,233.0
  Vermont 37 31 67 26 51 626,042 43 9,217 23,871.9
  Mississippi 38 32 63 24 33 2,992,333 31 46,923 121,530.0
  Arizona 39 33 60 23 14 6,828,065 6 113,594 294,207.1
  Arkansas 40 34 57 22 34 2,978,204 27 52,035 134,770.0
  Oklahoma 41 35 57 22 28 3,911,338 19 68,595 177,660.2
  Iowa 42 36 55 21 31 3,123,899 23 55,857 144,669.0
  Colorado 43 37 52 20 22 5,456,574 8 103,642 268,431.5
  Maine 44 38 43 16 43 1,329,328 39 30,843 79,883.0
  Oregon 45 39 41 16 27 4,028,977 10 95,988 248,607.8
  Utah 46 40 36 14 32 2,995,919 12 82,170 212,819.3
  Kansas 47 41 36 14 35 2,911,641 13 81,759 211,754.8
  Nevada 48 42 26 10 36 2,890,845 7 109,781 284,331.5
  Nebraska 49 43 24 9 38 1,896,190 15 76,824 198,973.2
  Idaho 50 44 20 7 40 1,654,930 11 82,643 214,044.4
  New Mexico 51 45 17 6 37 2,085,109 5 121,298 314,160.4
  South Dakota 52 46 11 4 47 858,469 16 75,811 196,349.6
   North Dakota 53 47 10 4 48 756,927 17 69,001 178,711.8
  Montana 54 48 7 2 45 1,032,949 4 145,546 376,962.4
  Wyoming 55 49 6 2 52 586,107 9 97,093 251,469.7
  Alaska 56 50 1 0 49 738,432 1 570,641 1,477,953.4

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Resident Population Data - 2010 Census. United States Census Bureau. Last accessed January 10, 2011.[dead link]
  • [1] 2015 List of Countries by Population Density [for territories]. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". 2015 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. December 2015. Archived from the original (CSV) on December 23, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ http://statisticstimes.com/population/countries-by-population-density.php 2015 - List of Countries by Population Density. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ "State Area Measurements and Internal Point Coordinates". 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. February 11, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ United Nations World Population Prospects Archived December 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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