As of September 2014, the United States consists of 50 states, with 48 located within the continental United States. The other two states are Hawaii and Alaska. Delaware, settled in 1638, entered the union first in December 1787, followed the same month by Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia and New York joined the following year.Continue Reading
The last states to enter the union were Alaska and Hawaii in 1959. The District of Columbia serves as the location for the federal government and does not have statehood. Attempts at statehood existed at various times in the country, including Franklin in North Carolina, Superior in the upper part of Michigan, Deseret in Utah, Sequoyah in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma and Absaroka, encompassing large parts of Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana. None of these attempts at statehood succeeded.
U.S. territories consist of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Unorganized unincorporated territories include American Samoa, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Wake Island, Midway Island, Navassa Island, Serranilla Bank and Bajo Nuevo Bank. Areas once administered by the United States include Cuba, the Philippines, Veracruz, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Falkland Islands and the Ryukyu Islands, which included Okinawa.Learn more about United States