US States - Ranked by Population 2018

California is the most populous state in the US by several percentage points, representing 12% of the total population. Texas, while larger geographically, comes in second with around 23 million residents, making up 8.69% of the population. However, in 2017, population growth in Texas was at 1.43%, while in California it was just 0.61%.

The smallest state, Rhode Island, is actually more populous than a number of much larger states, including Montana, Alaska and Wyoming. In fact, Wyoming has the smallest population in the US, with just over half a million residents. Montana, with its famous Big Sky, has almost ten thousand fewer residents than comparatively tiny Rhode Island.

Interestingly, a number of the larger states showed negative population growth in 2017, and Wyoming had the highest negative growth of all at almost 1%. Other states with negative population growth in 2017 included Louisiana, Mississippi, and Hawaii. Perhaps surprisingly, despite Chicago being one of the largest cities in the US, the population of Illinois dropped by 0.26% in 2017.

There were also a few states with significant population growth. Nevada's population increased by 2%, while Idaho's was up by 2.20%. States typically popular with young people, such as Washington and Oregon - home to Seattle and Portland, respectively - continued to attract growth, with Washington's population increasing by 1.71%, and Oregon's by 1.39%.

Rank State 2018 Population 2018 Growth % of US
1California39,776,8300.61%12.13%
2Texas28,704,3301.41%8.75%
3Florida21,312,2111.56%6.50%
4New York19,862,5120.07%6.06%
5Pennsylvania12,823,9890.14%3.91%
6Illinois12,768,320-0.26%3.89%
7Ohio11,694,6640.31%3.57%
8Georgia10,545,1381.11%3.21%
9North Carolina10,390,1491.14%3.17%
10Michigan9,991,1770.29%3.05%
11New Jersey9,032,8720.30%2.75%
12Virginia8,525,6600.66%2.60%
13Washington7,530,5521.69%2.30%
14Arizona7,123,8981.53%2.17%
15Massachusetts6,895,9170.53%2.10%
16Tennessee6,782,5640.99%2.07%
17Indiana6,699,6290.49%2.04%
18Missouri6,135,8880.37%1.87%
19Maryland6,079,6020.45%1.85%
20Wisconsin5,818,0490.39%1.77%
21Colorado5,684,2031.37%1.73%
22Minnesota5,628,1620.92%1.72%
23South Carolina5,088,9161.28%1.55%
24Alabama4,888,9490.29%1.49%
25Louisiana4,682,509-0.04%1.43%
26Kentucky4,472,2650.41%1.36%
27Oregon4,199,5631.37%1.28%
28Oklahoma3,940,5210.25%1.20%
29Connecticut3,588,6830.01%1.09%
30Iowa3,160,5530.47%0.96%
31Utah3,159,3451.85%0.96%
32Nevada3,056,8241.96%0.93%
33Arkansas3,020,3270.53%0.92%
34Mississippi2,982,785-0.04%0.91%
35Kansas2,918,5150.19%0.89%
36New Mexico2,090,7080.13%0.64%
37Nebraska1,932,5490.65%0.59%
38West Virginia1,803,077-0.70%0.55%
39Idaho1,753,8602.15%0.53%
40Hawaii1,426,393-0.08%0.43%
41New Hampshire1,350,5750.58%0.41%
42Maine1,341,5820.42%0.41%
43Montana1,062,3301.13%0.32%
44Rhode Island1,061,7120.20%0.32%
45Delaware971,1800.96%0.30%
46South Dakota877,7900.93%0.27%
47North Dakota755,238-0.02%0.23%
48Alaska738,068-0.23%0.22%
49District of Columbia703,6081.39%0.21%
50Vermont623,9600.05%0.19%
51Wyoming573,720-0.97%0.17%

State Capitals

State Capitals for each state in the US, along with each city's current population

States by Statehood

The Statehood Year of every US State

States by Area

The area of each state in the US

States by Densities

The density of each state in the US

States by First Letter

States listed by first letter

States by Race

States by Race

13 Colonies

Populations of the Original 13 Colonies