What is the largest state?


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The largest state in the United States by size is Alaska, the 49th state to join the Union. Until Alaska became a state in 1959, Texas was the largest state.

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Alaska has more than 570,000 square miles of land area within its borders, while Texas contains over 261,000 square miles of land. California is the third largest state, with over 155,000 square miles of land. Montana is fourth with more than 145,000 square miles, and New Mexico is fifth with land area exceeding 121,000 square miles. The smallest state is Rhode Island with just over 1,000 square miles of land.

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