List of U.S. states by population density

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Shaded map of states demonstrating population density (2013)
Map of states scaled proportional to population density (2015)
New Jersey is the most densely-populated state, and second in household income
Being home to the most populous city in the country, New York ranks 7th in overall density
Washington is ranked 24th in density, but is still above the national median
Despite a fairly average population density, Vermont has one of the smallest populations due to its small overall area
Idaho's overall 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 as the third most densely-populated area in the U.S.

This article includes a sortable table listing the 50 United States by population density, population rank, and land area.

It also includes a sortable table of Density by states, divisions, regions and territories by population rank and land area, and a sortable table for Density by states, divisions, regions and territories in square miles and square kilometers.

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, 2015, for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and from the 2010 Census for the other four United States territories (which is the latest data available as of March 5, 2016.) [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]

Density by states by population rank and land area[edit]

Density by states by population rank and land area
State Pop. dens.

Rank

Density

(Pop.
/ mi²)

Density

(Pop.
/ km²)

Pop.

Rank

2015
population
Land

Rank

Land
area
(mi²)
Land
area
(km²)
 New Jersey 1 1,210.1 467.2 11 8,958,013 46 7,354 19,046.8
 Rhode Island 2 1,021.6 394.4 43 1,056,298 50 1,034 2,678.0
 Massachusetts 3 871.1 336.3 15 6,794,422 45 7,800 20,201.9
 Connecticut 4 741.6 286.3 29 3,590,886 48 4,842 12,540.7
 Maryland 5 618.7 238.9 19 6,006,401 42 9,707 25,141.0
 Delaware 6 485.3 187.4 45 945,934 49 1,949 5,047.9
 New York 7 420.1 162.2 4 19,795,791 30 47,126 122,055.8
 Florida 8 378.0 145.9 3 20,271,272 26 53,625 138,888.1
 Pennsylvania 9 286.1 110.5 6 12,802,503 32 44,743 115,883.8
 Ohio 10 284.2 109.7 7 11,613,423 35 40,861 105,829.5
 California 11 251.3 97.0 1 39,144,818 3 155,779 403,465.8
 Illinois 12 231.6 89.4 5 12,859,995 24 55,519 143,793.5
 Hawaii 13 222.9 86.1 40 1,431,603 47 6,423 16,635.5
 Virginia 14 212.3 82.0 12 8,382,993 36 39,490 102,278.6
 North Carolina 15 206.6 79.8 9 10,042,802 29 48,618 125,920.0
 Indiana 16 184.8 71.4 16 6,619,680 38 35,826 92,788.9
 Georgia 17 177.6 68.6 8 10,214,860 21 57,513 148,958.0
 Michigan 18 175.5 67.8 10 9,922,576 22 56,539 146,435.3
 South Carolina 19 162.9 62.9 23 4,896,146 40 30,061 77,857.6
 Tennessee 20 160.1 61.8 17 6,600,299 34 41,235 106,798.2
 New Hampshire 21 148.6 57.4 41 1,330,608 44 8,953 23,188.2
 Kentucky 22 112.0 43.2 26 4,425,092 37 39,486 102,268.3
 Louisiana 23 108.1 41.7 25 4,670,724 33 43,204 111,897.8
 Washington 24 107.9 41.7 13 7,170,351 20 66,456 172,120.2
 Wisconsin 25 106.6 41.2 20 5,771,337 25 54,158 140,268.6
 Texas 26 105.2 40.6 2 27,469,114 2 261,232 676,587.8
 Alabama 27 95.9 37.0 24 4,858,979 28 50,645 131,169.9
 Missouri 28 88.5 34.2 18 6,083,672 18 68,742 178,041.0
 West Virginia 29 76.7 29.6 38 1,844,128 41 24,038 62,258.1
 Minnesota 30 68.9 26.6 21 5,489,594 14 79,627 206,233.0
 Vermont 31 67.9 26.2 49 626,042 43 9,217 23,871.9
 Mississippi 32 63.8 24.6 32 2,992,333 31 46,923 121,530.0
 Arizona 33 60.1 23.2 14 6,828,065 6 113,594 294,207.1
 Arkansas 34 57.2 22.1 33 2,978,204 27 52,035 134,770.0
 Oklahoma 35 57.0 22.0 28 3,911,338 19 68,595 177,660.2
 Iowa 36 55.9 21.6 30 3,123,899 23 55,857 144,669.0
 Colorado 37 52.6 20.3 22 5,456,574 8 103,642 268,431.5
 Maine 38 43.1 16.6 42 1,329,328 39 30,843 79,883.0
 Oregon 39 42.0 16.2 27 4,028,977 10 95,988 248,607.8
 Utah 40 36.5 14.1 31 2,995,919 12 82,170 212,819.3
 Kansas 41 35.6 13.7 34 2,911,641 13 81,759 211,754.8
 Nevada 42 26.3 10.2 35 2,890,845 7 109,781 284,331.5
 Nebraska 43 24.7 9.5 37 1,896,190 15 76,824 198,973.2
 Idaho 44 20.0 7.7 39 1,654,930 11 82,643 214,044.4
 New Mexico 45 17.2 6.6 36 2,085,109 5 121,298 314,160.4
 South Dakota 46 11.3 4.4 46 858,469 16 75,811 196,349.6
  North Dakota 47 11.0 4.2 47 756,927 17 69,001 178,711.8
 Montana 48 7.1 2.7 44 1,032,949 4 145,546 376,962.4
 Wyoming 49 6.0 2.3 50 586,107 9 97,093 251,469.7
 Alaska 50 1.3 0.5 48 738,432 1 570,641 1,477,953.4

Density by states, divisions, regions and territories by population rank 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 Columbia
Divisions & regions as defined by U.S. Census Bureau
Last col. shows larger region which contains entity in col. 1
Density by states, divisions, regions and territories by population rank and land area
State/Territory/
Division/Region
Dens.

R
a
n
k

Density

(Pop.
/ mi²)

Density

(Pop.
/ km²)

Pop.

R
a
n
k

2013
pop.
Land

R
a
n
k

Land
area
(mi²)
Land
area
(km²)
Geog.
sort
 New Jersey 1 1,218.1 470.3 11 8,899,339 46 7,354 19,046.8 MdAtl
 Rhode Island 2 1,021.6 394.4 43 1,051,511 50 1,034 2,678.0 NEng
 Massachusetts 3 858.0 331.3 14 6,692,824 45 7,800 20,201.9 NEng
 Connecticut 4 742.6 286.7 29 3,596,080 48 4,842 12,540.7 NEng
 Maryland 5 610.7 235.8 19 5,928,814 42 9,707 25,141.0 SAtl
 Delaware 6 475.1 183.4 45 925,749 49 1,949 5,047.9 SAtl
 New York 7 417.0 161.0 3 19,651,127 30 47,126 122,055.8 MdAtl
 Florida 8 364.6 140.8 4 19,552,860 26 53,625 138,888.1 SAtl
 Pennsylvania 9 285.5 110.2 6 12,773,801 32 44,743 115,883.8 MdAtl
 Ohio 10 283.2 109.3 7 11,570,808 35 40,861 105,829.5 ENC
 California 11 246.1 95.0 1 38,332,521 3 155,779 403,465.8 Pac
 Illinois 12 232.0 89.6 5 12,882,135 24 55,519 143,793.5 ENC
 Hawaii 13 218.6 84.4 40 1,404,054 47 6,423 16,635.5 Pac
 Virginia 14 209.2 80.8 12 8,260,405 36 39,490 102,278.6 SAtl
 North Carolina 15 202.6 78.2 10 9,848,060 29 48,618 125,920.0 SAtl
 Indiana 16 183.4 70.8 16 6,570,902 38 35,826 92,788.9 ENC
 Michigan 17 175.0 67.6 9 9,895,622 22 56,539 146,435.3 ENC
 Georgia 18 173.7 67.1 8 9,992,167 21 57,513 148,958.0 SAtl
 South Carolina 19 158.8 61.3 24 4,774,839 40 30,061 77,857.6 SAtl
 Tennessee 20 157.5 60.8 17 6,495,978 34 41,235 106,798.2 ESC
 New Hampshire 21 147.8 57.1 42 1,323,459 44 8,953 23,188.2 NEng
 Kentucky 22 111.3 43.0 26 4,395,295 37 39,486 102,268.3 ESC
 Louisiana 23 107.1 41.4 25 4,625,470 33 43,204 111,897.8 WSC
 Wisconsin 24 106.0 40.9 20 5,742,713 25 54,158 140,268.6 ENC
 Washington 25 104.9 40.5 13 6,971,406 20 66,456 172,120.2 Pac
 Texas 26 101.2 39.1 2 26,448,193 2 261,232 676,587.8 WSC
 Alabama 27 95.4 36.8 23 4,833,722 28 50,645 131,169.9 ESC
 Missouri 28 87.9 33.9 18 6,044,171 18 68,742 178,041.0 WNC
 West Virginia 29 77.2 29.8 38 1,854,305 41 24,034 62,247.8 SAtl
 Minnesota 30 68.1 26.3 21 5,420,380 14 79,627 206,233.0 WNC
 Vermont 31 68.0 26.3 49 626,630 43 9,217 23,871.9 NEng
 Mississippi 32 63.7 24.6 31 2,991,207 31 46,923 121,530.0 ESC
 Arizona 33 58.3 22.5 15 6,626,624 6 113,594 294,207.1 Mtn
 Arkansas 34 56.9 22.0 32 2,959,373 27 52,035 134,770.0 WSC
 Oklahoma 35 56.1 21.7 28 3,850,568 19 68,595 177,660.2 WSC
 Iowa 36 55.3 21.4 30 3,090,416 23 55,857 144,669.0 WNC
 Colorado 37 50.8 19.6 22 5,268,367 8 103,642 268,431.5 Mtn
 Maine 38 43.1 16.6 41 1,328,302 39 30,843 79,883.0 NEng
 Oregon 39 40.9 15.8 27 3,930,065 10 95,988 248,607.8 Pac
 Kansas 40 35.4 13.7 34 2,893,957 13 81,759 211,754.8 WNC
 Utah 41 35.3 13.6 33 2,900,872 12 82,170 212,819.3 Mtn
 Nevada 42 25.4 9.8 35 2,790,136 7 109,781 284,331.5 Mtn
 Nebraska 43 24.3 9.4 37 1,868,516 15 76,824 198,973.2 WNC
 Idaho 44 19.5 7.5 39 1,612,136 11 82,643 214,044.4 Mtn
 New Mexico 45 17.2 6.6 36 2,085,287 5 121,298 314,160.4 Mtn
 South Dakota 46 11.1 4.3 46 844,877 16 75,811 196,349.6 WNC
  North Dakota 47 10.5 4.1 48 723,393 17 69,001 178,711.8 WNC
 Montana 48 7.0 2.7 44 1,015,165 4 145,546 376,962.4 Mtn
 Wyoming 49 6.0 2.3 50 582,658 9 97,093 251,469.7 Mtn
 Alaska 50 1.3 0.5 47 735,132 1 570,641 1,477,953.4 Pac
       Mid-Atlantic 1 416.5 160.8 4 41,324,267 8 99,223 256,986.4 NEast
       New England 2 233.2 90.0 9 14,618,806 9 62,688 162,361.2 NEast
       South Atlantic 3 233.1 90.0 1 61,783,647 5 265,062 686,507.4 South
       East North Central 4 192.1 74.2 3 46,662,180 6 242,902 629,113.3 MWest
       East South Central 5 105.0 40.5 8 18,716,202 7 178,290 461,769.0 South
       West South Central 6 89.1 34.4 5 37,883,604 4 425,066 1,100,915.9 South
       Pacific 7 57.4 22.2 2 51,373,178 1 895,286 2,318,780.1 West
       West North Central 8 41.1 15.9 7 20,885,710 3 507,620 1,314,729.8 MWest
       Mountain 9 26.7 10.3 6 22,881,245 2 855,767 2,216,426.4 West
       Northeast 1 345.5 133.4 4 55,943,073 4 161,912 419,350.2 USA
       South 2 136.3 52.6 1 118,383,453 2 868,418 2,249,192.3 USA
       Midwest 3 90.0 34.7 3 67,547,890 3 750,523 1,943,845.6 USA
       West 4 42.4 16.4 2 74,254,423 1 1,751,053 4,535,206.5 USA
 District of Columbia -- 10,588.8 4,088.4 -- 646,449 -- 61 158.0 SAtl
 50 States & DC -- 89.5 34.6 -- 316,128,839 -- 3,531,905 9,147,592.0 NAmer
 Puerto Rico 1 1,055.9 407.7 1 3,615,086 1 3,424 8,868.1 Terr.
 U.S. Virgin Islands 2 792.2 305.9 3 106,405 4 134 347.1 Terr.
 Guam 3 759.6 293.3 2 159,358 2 210 543.9 Terr.
 American Samoa 4 726.1 280.3 4 55,519 5 76 196.8 Terr.
 Northern Mariana Islands 5 295.5 114.1 5 53,883 3 182 471.4 Terr.
       Total Territories -- 991.0 382.6 -- 3,990,251 -- 4,027 10,429.9 USA

Density by states, divisions, regions and territories in square miles and square kilometers[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
Density by states, divisions, regions and territories in square miles and square kilometers
Rank State/Territory/
Division/Region
Density

(Pop.
/ mi²)

Density

(Pop.
/ km²)

Geog.
sort
--  District of Columbia 10,588.8 4,088.4 MdAtl
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 MdAtl
6  Delaware 475.1 183.4 MdAtl
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 103.1 40.8 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 21.8 WSC
35  Oklahoma 56.1 21.3 WSC
36  Iowa 54.8 21.2 WNC
37  Colorado 50.8 19.6 Mtn
4        West 49.5 19.1 USA
38  Maine 43.1 16.6 NEng
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

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