The first five U.S. states listed alphabetically are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas and California. There are currently 50 states in the United States of America; 45 more states follow after these initial five.
In alphabetical order, the fifty United States are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Although it is not actually a state, Washington, District of Columbia is a federal district and serves as the nation's capital. Forty-eight of the states are contiguous and known as "the lower 48," while two, Alaska and Hawaii, are not. Delaware was the first state, earning statehood on December 7, 1787, and Hawaii was the last, earning statehood on August 21, 1959.
In addition to the fifty states, the U.S. has five inhabited territories and nine uninhabited territories. The inhabited territories include American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The uninhabited U.S. territories are: Baker Island, Howard Island, Jarvis Island, Johnson Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Navassa Island, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island.