What Are Some States in the United States?


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Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Missouri and Florida are just five of the 50 states that make up the United States of America. With the exception of a few of the eastern states, none of the current 50 states were part of the United States when it first became a nation.

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What Are Some States in the United States?
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With a size of roughly 656,425 square miles, Alaska is the largest state, and it is separated from the 48 continental states by the nation of Canada. Despite its enormous size, Alaska is also one of the least populated states. It joined the union on Jan. 3, 1959, which makes it the 49th state to join.

Arizona and Florida both occupy opposite ends of the American South, with Florida in the east and Arizona in the west. Both also have very different landscapes. Arizona is a land of deserts and canyons, whereas Florida contains large regions of wetlands.

Missouri occupies a region in the continental United States known as the Midwest. It is famous both as the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman and as a major part of the journey of Lewis and Clark up the Missouri River in the 19th century.

Connecticut is one of the oldest states in the union, having become a state on Jan. 9, 1788.

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