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Contiguous States 2021

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.

Though Alaska is part of the Continental U.S., it is not contiguous because it is separated by Canada.

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.

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 2021

State 2021 Pop.
Alabama4,934,193
Arizona7,520,103
Arkansas3,033,946
California39,613,493
Colorado5,893,634
Connecticut3,552,821
Delaware990,334
Florida21,944,577
Georgia10,830,007
Idaho1,860,123
Illinois12,569,321
Indiana6,805,663
Iowa3,167,974
Kansas2,917,224
Kentucky4,480,713
Louisiana4,627,002
Maine1,354,522
Maryland6,065,436
Massachusetts6,912,239
Michigan9,992,427
Minnesota5,706,398
Mississippi2,966,407
Missouri6,169,038
Montana1,085,004
Nebraska1,951,996
Nevada3,185,786
New Hampshire1,372,203
New Jersey8,874,520
New Mexico2,105,005
New York19,299,981
North Carolina10,701,022
North Dakota770,026
Ohio11,714,618
Oklahoma3,990,443
Oregon4,289,439
Pennsylvania12,804,123
Rhode Island1,061,509
South Carolina5,277,830
South Dakota896,581
Tennessee6,944,260
Texas29,730,311
Utah3,310,774
Vermont623,251
Virginia8,603,985
Washington7,796,941
West Virginia1,767,859
Wisconsin5,852,490
Wyoming581,075

Contiguous States 2021