An easy way to learn and hear all 50 of the United States in alphabetical order is through the song "Fifty Nifty United States," by Ray Charles. The song makes remembering the states fun and easy and is something many grade school students around the country learn.
The states in alphabetical order start with Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas and California. Next in line are the states Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia. Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa follow. Subsequently, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland are listed. Next are Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi and Missouri. Montana, Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire are next in line.
Afterward are several two-word states, such as New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and North Dakota. Next up are Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The states next in the list include South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Vermont and Virginia follow. Finally, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming conclude the list of states in alphabetical order.
Many of the state names come from either Native American words or tribes, with the names changed slightly to adapt to English spelling conventions. Nebraska, for example, comes from the word "nebrathka" from the Oto tribe, which means "flat water."
This list does not take into account official state names; otherwise, it would be far longer. Virginia, for example, is actually chartered as the "Commonwealth of Virginia," while Rhode Island is officially the "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." Fortunately, knowing the "official" state names in alphabetical order is typically not expected.