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Contiguous States

The term “contiguous states” refers to the 48 states that are on the North American continent and which are connected without being split by a body of water or another country. The land mass of the contiguous United States is very huge, one of the largest in the world. Together, they comprise an area of over 3,100,000 square miles (roughly 8,000,000 square kilometers). It makes up almost 84% of the entire land area of the United States and is roughly the same size as Australia.

Though Alaska is part of the Continental U.S., it is not contiguous because it is separated by Canada. When considered as a country, the contiguous United States is the 5th largest entity in the world. Adding Alaska and Hawaii increases it’s rank to 3rd largest. Brazil is bigger than the contiguous United States, but smaller once you add Alaska and Hawaii. Russia and Canada are the only two countries that are bigger than the entire United States.

The longest distance between two points in the contiguous United States is between Florida and the State of Washington, and measures 2,802 miles. The greatest distance from north to south is 1,650 miles between Minnesota and Texas. According to the 2010 census, the contiguous United States contained 99.33% of the nation’s population and contained a population density of just over 103 people per square mile.

Not including offshore islands, there are several areas that are technically part of the contiguous United States, but are only accessible by traveling through Canada. Point Roberts, Washington; Elm Point, Minnesota; and the “Northwest Angle” in Minnesota are just a few of those places. The town of Alburgh, Vermont is not connected to the U.S. by land, but can be reach by connected bridges within Vermont and New York, and thus one does not need to travel through Canada to reach it.

Contiguous States

State 2022 Pop.
Alabama4,949,697
Arizona7,640,796
Arkansas3,042,017
California39,664,128
Colorado5,961,083
Connecticut3,546,588
Delaware998,619
Florida22,177,997
Georgia10,936,299
Idaho1,896,652
Illinois12,518,071
Indiana6,842,385
Iowa3,174,426
Kansas2,919,179
Kentucky4,487,233
Louisiana4,616,106
Maine1,359,677
Maryland6,075,314
Massachusetts6,922,107
Michigan9,995,212
Minnesota5,739,781
Mississippi2,961,536
Missouri6,184,843
Montana1,093,117
Nebraska1,960,790
Nevada3,238,601
New Hampshire1,378,449
New Jersey8,870,685
New Mexico2,109,093
New York19,223,191
North Carolina10,807,491
North Dakota774,008
Ohio11,727,377
Oklahoma4,007,179
Oregon4,325,290
Pennsylvania12,805,190
Rhode Island1,062,583
South Carolina5,342,388
South Dakota902,542
Tennessee7,001,803
Texas30,097,526
Utah3,363,182
Vermont622,882
Virginia8,638,218
Washington7,887,965
West Virginia1,755,715
Wisconsin5,867,518
Wyoming582,233

Contiguous States

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