Miss America 1982, the 55th Miss America, pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 12, 1981 on NBC Network.
- Miss America : Elizabeth Ward (Miss Arkansas)
- First runner-up: Sandra Truitt (Miss Illinois)
- Second runner-up: Kristl Evans (Miss Georgia)
- Third runner-up: Pamela Carlberg (Miss Indiana)
- Fourth runner-up: Sheri Ryman (Miss Texas)
- 5 semi-finalists: Karen Hopson (Miss Mississippi), Suzanne Alexander (Miss New York), Julie Ross (Miss Oregon), Jonelle Smith (Miss Utah) & Keungsuk Kim (Miss Wisconsin).
- Preliminary Talent winners: Sandra Truitt (Miss Illinois), Suzanne Alenxander (Miss New York) & Sheri Ryman (Miss Texas).
- Preliminary Swimsuit winners: Elizabeth Ward (Miss Arkansas), Katren Hopson (Miss Mississippi) & Kristine Elizabeth Weitz (Miss Washington).