List of U.S. states by population density

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Map of states showing population density (2000)
New Jersey is the most densely populated state. It is also the second wealthiest.
Despite being home to the most populous city in the country, New York State ranks 7th in overall density.
Washington State is ranked 25th in density, but is still above the national average.
Despite a fairly average population density Vermont has one of the smallest populations due to its small overall area.
Idaho's 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 third among the most densely populated areas in the U.S. (behind DC and NJ)

This article includes a sortable table of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and territories ordered by population density. 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, 2013 for the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and from the 2010 Census for the other four U.S. territories (which is the latest data available as of April 24, 2014.) [1] Total land area is from the 2010 Census.[2]

The population density of the United States is relatively low compared to many other developed countries due to its size and the advent of modern transportation during its settlement. For example, the population density of the U.S. is one twelfth that of the Netherlands, and one fifteenth that of South Korea.[3]

Population density for states, divisions, regions and territories[edit]

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
Population density for states, divisions, regions and territories
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a
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State/Territory/
Division/Region
Dens.
/sqmi
Dens.
/sqkm
Geog.
sort
--  District of Columbia 10,588.8 4,088.4 SAtl
1  New Jersey 1,210.1 467.2 MdAtl
1  Puerto Rico 1,055.9 407.7 Terr.
2  Rhode Island 1,017.1 392.7 NEng
--        Territories 991.0 382.6 USA
3  Massachusetts 858.0 331.3 NEng
2  U.S. Virgin Islands 792.2 305.9 Terr.
3  Guam 759.6 293.3 Terr.
4  Connecticut 742.6 286.7 NEng
4  American Samoa 726.1 280.4 Terr.
5  Maryland 610.8 235.8 SAtl
6  Delaware 475.1 183.4 SAtl
7  New York 417.0 161.0 MdAtl
1        Mid-Atlantic 416.5 160.8 NEast
8  Florida 364.6 140.8 SAtl
1        Northeast 345.5 133.4 USA
5  Northern Mariana Islands 295.5 114.1 Terr.
9  Pennsylvania 285.5 110.2 MdAtl
10  Ohio 283.2 109.3 ENC
11  California 246.1 95.0 Pac
2        New England 233.2 90.0 NEast
3        South Atlantic 233.1 90.0 South
12  Illinois 232.0 89.6 ENC
13  Hawaii 218.6 84.4 Pac
14  Virginia 209.2 80.8 SAtl
15  North Carolina 202.6 78.2 SAtl
4        East North Central 192.1 74.2 MWest
16  Indiana 183.4 70.8 ENC
17  Michigan 175.0 67.6 ENC
18  Georgia 173.7 67.1 SAtl
19  South Carolina 158.8 61.3 SAtl
20  Tennessee 157.5 60.8 ESC
21  New Hampshire 147.8 57.1 NEng
2        South 136.3 52.6 USA
22  Kentucky 111.3 43.0 ESC
23  Louisiana 107.1 41.3 WSC
24  Wisconsin 106.0 40.9 ENC
5        East South Central 105.0 40.5 South
25  Washington 104.9 40.5 Pac
26  Texas 101.2 39.1 WSC
27  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
28  Missouri 87.9 33.9 WNC
29  West Virginia 77.1 29.8 SAtl
30  Minnesota 68.1 26.3 WNC
31  Vermont 68.0 26.3 NEng
32  Mississippi 63.7 24.6 ESC
33  Arizona 58.3 22.5 Mtn
7        Pacific 57.4 22.2 West
34  Arkansas 56.9 22.0 WSC
35  Oklahoma 56.1 21.7 WSC
36  Iowa 55.3 21.4 WNC
37  Colorado 50.8 19.6 Mtn
38  Maine 43.1 16.6 NEng
4        West 42.4 16.4 USA
8        West North Central 41.1 15.9 MWest
39  Oregon 40.9 15.8 Pac
40  Kansas 35.4 13.7 WNC
41  Utah 35.3 13.6 Mtn
9        Mountain 26.7 10.3 West
42  Nevada 25.4 9.8 Mtn
43  Nebraska 24.3 9.4 WNC
44  Idaho 19.5 7.5 Mtn
45  New Mexico 17.2 6.6 Mtn
46  South Dakota 11.1 4.3 WNC
47  North Dakota 10.5 4.0 WNC
48  Montana 7.0 2.7 Mtn
49  Wyoming 6.0 2.3 Mtn
50  Alaska 1.3 0.5 Pac

Summary of density by region showing population and land area[edit]

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 Colombia
Divisions & regions as defined by U.S. Census Bureau
Last col. shows larger region which contains entity in col. 1
Population density, population and land area of states, territories, divisions and regions
State/Territory/
Division/Region
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a
n
k
Pop.
dens.
/sqmi.
R
a
n
k
2013
pop.
R
a
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k
Land
area
sqmi.
Geog.
sort
 New Jersey 1 1210.1 11 8,899,339 46 7,354 NEng
 Rhode Island 2 1017.1 43 1,051,511 50 1,034 NEng
 Massachusetts 3 858.0 14 6,692,824 45 7,800 NEng
 Connecticut 4 742.6 29 3,596,080 48 4,842 NEng
 Maryland 5 610.8 19 5,928,814 42 9,707 SAtl
 Delaware 6 475.1 45 925,749 49 1,949 SAtl
 New York 7 417.0 3 19,651,127 30 47,126 NEng
 Florida 8 364.6 4 19,552,860 26 53,625 SAtl
 Pennsylvania 9 285.5 6 12,773,801 32 44,743 NEng
 Ohio 10 283.2 7 11,570,808 35 40,861 ENC
 California 11 246.1 1 38,332,521 3 155,779 Pac
 Illinois 12 232.0 5 12,882,135 24 55,519 ENC
 Hawaii 13 218.6 40 1,404,054 47 6,423 Pac
 Virginia 14 209.2 12 8,260,405 36 39,490 SAtl
 North Carolina 15 202.6 10 9,848,060 29 48,618 SAtl
 Indiana 16 183.4 16 6,570,902 38 35,826 ENC
 Michigan 17 175.0 9 9,895,622 22 56,539 ENC
 Georgia 18 173.7 8 9,992,167 21 57,513 SAtl
 South Carolina 19 158.8 24 4,774,839 40 30,061 SAtl
 Tennessee 20 157.5 17 6,495,978 34 41,235 ESC
 New Hampshire 21 147.8 42 1,323,459 44 8,953 NEng
 Kentucky 22 111.3 26 4,395,295 37 39,486 ESC
 Louisiana 23 107.1 25 4,625,470 33 43,204 WSC
 Wisconsin 24 106.0 20 5,742,713 25 54,158 ENC
 Washington 25 104.9 13 6,971,406 20 66,456 Pac
 Texas 26 101.2 2 26,448,193 2 261,232 WSC
 Alabama 27 95.4 23 4,833,722 28 50,645 ESC
 Missouri 28 87.9 18 6,044,171 18 68,742 WNC
 West Virginia 29 77.1 38 1,854,304 41 24,038 SAtl
 Minnesota 30 68.1 21 5,420,380 14 79,627 WNC
 Vermont 31 68.0 49 626,630 43 9,217 NEng
 Mississippi 32 63.7 31 2,991,207 31 46,923 ESC
 Arizona 33 58.3 15 6,626,624 6 113,594 Mtn
 Arkansas 34 56.9 32 2,959,373 27 52,035 WSC
 Oklahoma 35 56.1 28 3,850,568 19 68,595 WSC
 Iowa 36 55.3 30 3,090,416 23 55,857 WNC
 Colorado 37 50.8 22 5,268,367 8 103,642 Mtn
 Maine 38 43.1 41 1,328,302 39 30,843 NEng
 Oregon 39 40.9 27 3,930,065 10 95,988 Pac
 Kansas 40 35.4 34 2,893,957 13 81,759 WNC
 Utah 41 35.3 33 2,900,872 12 82,170 Mtn
 Nevada 42 25.4 35 2,790,136 7 109,781 Mtn
 Nebraska 43 24.3 37 1,868,516 15 76,824 WNC
 Idaho 44 19.5 39 1,612,136 11 82,643 Mtn
 New Mexico 45 17.2 36 2,085,287 5 121,298 Mtn
 South Dakota 46 11.1 46 844,877 16 75,811 WNC
 North Dakota 47 10.5 48 723,393 17 69,001 WNC
 Montana 48 7.0 44 1,015,165 4 145,546 Mtn
 Wyoming 49 6.0 50 582,658 9 97,093 Mtn
 Alaska 50 1.3 47 735,132 1 570,641 Pac
       Mid-Atlantic 1 416.5 4 41,324,267 8 99,223 NEast
       New England 2 233.2 9 14,618,806 9 62,688 NEast
       South Atlantic 3 233.1 1 61,783,647 5 265,062 South
       East North Central 4 192.1 3 46,662,180 6 242,902 MWest
       East South Central 5 105.0 8 18,716,202 7 178,290 South
       West South Central 6 89.1 5 37,883,604 4 425,066 South
       Pacific 7 57.4 2 51,373,178 1 895,286 West
       West North Central 8 41.1 7 20,885,710 3 507,620 MWest
       Mountain 9 26.7 6 22,881,245 2 855,767 West
       Northeast 1 345.5 4 55,943,073 4 161,912 USA
       South 2 136.3 1 118,383,453 2 868,418 USA
       Midwest 3 90.0 3 67,547,890 3 750,523 USA
       West 4 42.4 2 74,254,423 1 1,751,053 USA
 District of Columbia -- 10588.8 -- 646,449 -- 61 SAtl
 50 States & DC -- 89.5 -- 316,128,839 -- 3,531,905 NAmer
 Puerto Rico 1 1055.9 1 3,615,086 1 3,424 Terr.
 U.S. Virgin Islands 2 792.2 3 106,405 4 134 Terr.
 Guam 3 759.6 2 159,358 2 210 Terr.
 American Samoa 4 726.1 4 55,519 5 76 Terr.
 Northern Mariana Islands 5 295.5 5 53,883 3 182 Terr.
       Total Territories -- 991.0 -- 3,990,251 -- 4,027 USA

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