The United States is undoubtedly one of the top countries in the world, there is no denying that. Covering a massive 2,680 miles horizontally and 1,582 miles vertically, it is among the biggest countries as well. Some states in the US are bigger than many other countries! So without any further ado, here is a list of the top ten largest states in the USA.
Biggest States In The USA
1. ALASKA – 665,384 mi² ( 1,723,337 km² )
Alaska is by far the biggest state in the US. What is interesting is the fact that though it is the largest, it has the lowest population density of all states. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the US and you can fit 425 of them into Alaska. Alaska is bigger than Texas, California and Montana combined! It is also the largest state by land area and water area. It is the largest states in the USA.
2. TEXAS – 268,596 mi² ( 695,662 km² )
Located in the southern parts of the United States, Texas is the second biggest state. It has a large population of around 27 million. But the Lone Star State is not even half the size of the biggest state, Alaska. Texas is also the second most populous state in the United States and its population equal to that of the whole country of Ghana! Another interesting fact about Texas is that it was an independent country from 1836 to 1845.
3. CALIFORNIA – 163,694 mi² ( 423,967 km² )
California is a western state of the United States, stretching from the Mexican border along the Pacific for about 1,000 miles and it is the third largest state. Measuring 560 miles from east to west and 1,040 miles from north to south, the Golden State is the third largest state in this country it has a population around 40 million, which means it is the most populous state in the United States and it also holds two of the ten most populous cities – Los Angeles and San Diego.
4. MONTANA – 147,039 mi² ( 380,831 km² )
One of the beautiful and largest states in the USA, Montana is a western state and it is the fourth largest state in the United States. The name Montana is derived from Spanish and it means ‘mountains’. It covers a large distance of diverse terrains starting from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. Though it ranks fourth on the list, it has a population of around only 1.05 million. Montana measures around 559 miles from east to west and about 321 miles from north to south. Also, read about National parks in the USA.
5. NEW MEXICO – 121,590 mi² ( 315,194 km² )
Capital: Santa Fe.
New Mexico is a Southwestern state in the United States. It ranks fifth on our list and it is about 370 miles long and 343 miles wide. This state shares an international border with the country of Mexico. Its capital Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 ft. above sea level.
6. ARIZONA – 113,990 mi² ( 295,254 km² )
Arizona, the state home to the famous Grand Canyon, is a Southwestern state of the United States and is the sixth largest state in the US. It has a population of around 7 million.
7. NEVADA – 110,571 mi² ( 286,367 km² )
Capital: Carson City.
Nevada is a western state of the United States. Home to one of the most famous cities in the world, the Las Vegas, the state of Nevada (also called the Silver state) is the seventh largest state in the US. This state has a population of around 2.94 million.
8. COLORADO – 269,601 mi² ( 269,601 km² )
Colorado is another western state in the United States. The name ‘Colorado’ actually means ‘colored red’ and it is also called the ‘Centennial State’. Most of the Southern Rocky Mountains are situated in the state of Colorado and it is the eighth largest state. The estimated population of the Colorado state is around 5.7 million.
9. OREGON – 98,378 mi² ( 254,799 km² )
Oregon is a coastal U.S. state in the Pacific Northwest. It is the ninth largest state in the US and it is less than one-sixth the size of Alaska. The population of the state of Oregon is around 4.1 million. A famous lake called the Crater Lake is found in Oregon and it is the deepest lake in the United States and it is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.
10. WYOMING – 97,813 mi² ( 253,335 km² )
Wyoming is a western U.S. state and it is the tenth largest state. Its population is around 570,000 only and it is the least populated state in the U.S. The Equality state ends our list of top ten and it has almost the same area as Oregon.
These are the top ten largest states in the USA. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.