What Are Some of the Largest States in the United States of America?


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The largest states in the United States in terms of area are Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico. In terms of population, the largest states are California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.

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The state of Alaska has an area of 663,267 square miles. Alaska is also the least densely populated state in the nation, with an average of 1.2 people per square mile.

The state of Texas has an area of 268,580 square miles, California has an area of 163,695 square miles, Montana has an area of 147,042 square miles, and New Mexico has an area of 121,589.48 square miles.

Based on data from the 2010 census, the largest state by population is California with 37,253,956 people. Texas is second with 25,145,561 people, followed by New York with 19,378,102 people, Florida with 18,801,310 people and Illinois with 12,830,632 people.

California ranks 13th in population density, with 239.1 people per square mile. Texas ranks 29th, with 98.6 people per square mile; New York ranks seventh, with 411.2 people per square mile; Florida is ninth, with 350.6 people per square mile and Illinois is 12th, with 231.1 people per square mile. The most densely populated state is New Jersey, with 1,195.5 people per square mile. However, this pales in comparison with Washington, D. C., which has 9,856.5 people per square mile or 601,720 people in a 68.3-square mile area.

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