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How many states make up the United States of America?

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The United States of America includes 50 states as of 2014. This number excludes the federal district of Washington, D.C., which is not a state. This number also does not include U.S. territories, which receive U.S. protection and social services while maintaining internal independence.

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How many states make up the United States of America?
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The first states admitted to the union were Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which were all granted statehood in December 1787. Twelve more states were added between 1788 and 1792, and the union continued to add states every few years until 1912. After that, a 47-year gap occurred before Alaska and Hawaii became the last states admitted in 1959.

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