US States by Density 2018

For those who enjoy wide open spaces, the United States offers plenty of options. The large states of Alaska, Wyoming and Montana have the lowest population densities in the country, with Montana having 7p/mi² in a population of 1,062,330, Wyoming 6p/mi² with a population of just 573,720 (also the lowest population in the country), and Alaska topping them all with only 1p/mi² relative to its population of 738,068 and total area of 570,641mi².

In comparison to the other states, the District of Columbia covers a tiny area of just 61mi², yet it has a population of 703,608 which makes it by far the densest state of all at 11,535p/mi². New Jersey follows with a population density of 1,228p/mi² and Rhode Island is close behind at 1,027p/mi² – both are also among the smallest states.

Statistics show a range of densities in the most highly populated states. California has a total population of 39,776,830 and a population density of 255p/mi², Texas has a population of 28,704,330 and its population density is a relatively low 110p/mi² (although this is due to it also being one of the largest states at 261,232mi²), while Florida's population of 21,312,211 has a density of 397p/mi². These numbers likely reflect the fact that some states have particularly populous cities, which is likely to skew the statistics somewhat – for example, New York has a total population of 19,862,512 and a density of 421p/mi², but New York City is also the most highly populated city in the United States.

State Density (p/mi²) 2018 Population Area (mi²)
District of Columbia11,535703,60861
New Jersey1,2289,032,8727,354
Rhode Island1,0271,061,7121,034
Massachusetts8846,895,9177,800
Connecticut7413,588,6834,842
Maryland6266,079,6029,707
Delaware498971,1801,949
New York42119,862,51247,126
Florida39721,312,21153,625
Pennsylvania28712,823,98944,743
Ohio28611,694,66440,861
California25539,776,830155,779
Illinois23012,768,32055,519
Hawaii2221,426,3936,423
Virginia2168,525,66039,490
North Carolina21410,390,14948,618
Indiana1876,699,62935,826
Georgia18310,545,13857,513
Michigan1779,991,17756,539
South Carolina1695,088,91630,061
Tennessee1646,782,56441,235
New Hampshire1511,350,5758,953
Washington1137,530,55266,456
Kentucky1134,472,26539,486
Texas11028,704,330261,232
Louisiana1084,682,50943,204
Wisconsin1075,818,04954,158
Alabama974,888,94950,645
Missouri896,135,88868,742
West Virginia751,803,07724,038
Minnesota715,628,16279,627
Vermont68623,9609,217
Mississippi642,982,78546,923
Arizona637,123,898113,594
Arkansas583,020,32752,035
Oklahoma573,940,52168,595
Iowa573,160,55355,857
Colorado555,684,203103,642
Oregon444,199,56395,988
Maine431,341,58230,843
Utah383,159,34582,170
Kansas362,918,51581,759
Nevada283,056,824109,781
Nebraska251,932,54976,824
Idaho211,753,86082,643
New Mexico172,090,708121,298
South Dakota12877,79075,811
North Dakota11755,23869,001
Montana71,062,330145,546
Wyoming6573,72097,093
Alaska1738,068570,641