List of U.S. states by population density

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Map of states showing population density by county (2010)
Map of states showing population density (2000)

This article includes a sortable table of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and territories ordered by population density. Population density is calculated as resident population divided by total land area. Resident population is from the United States Census Bureau estimates for July 1, 2011,[1] and total land area is also from the Census Bureau.[2]

The population density of the United States is relatively low compared to many other developed countries due to its size and the advent of modern transportation during its settlement. For example, the population density of the U.S. is one twelfth that of the Netherlands, and one fifteenth that of South Korea (as of 2010).[3]

New Jersey is the most densely populated state. It is also the second wealthiest.
Despite being home to the most populous city in the country, New York state ranks 7th in overall density.
Washington State is ranked 25th in density, but is still above the national average.
Despite a fairly average population density Vermont has one of the smallest populations due to its small overall area.
Idaho's population has increased rapidly in recent decades, but its population density, relative to other states, is low.
About half of the population of Alaska lives in the Anchorage metropolitan area.
Puerto Rico ranks third among the most densely populated areas in the U.S. (behind DC and NJ)
U.S. states and territories by population density

RankStatePopulation density (2012)
-- District of Columbia[4]10,357 inhabitants per square mile (3,999 /km2)
01 New Jersey1,205 inhabitants per square mile (465 /km2)
-- Puerto Rico1,082 inhabitants per square mile (418 /km2)
02 Rhode Island1,016 inhabitants per square mile (392 /km2)
-- U.S. Virgin Islands916.9 inhabitants per square mile (354.0 /km2)
-- American Samoa914.0 inhabitants per square mile (352.9 /km2)
03 Massachusetts852.1 inhabitants per square mile (329.0 /km2)
-- Guam830.0 inhabitants per square mile (320.5 /km2)
04 Connecticut741.4 inhabitants per square mile (286.3 /km2)
05 Maryland606.2 inhabitants per square mile (234.1 /km2)
06 Delaware470.7 inhabitants per square mile (181.7 /km2)
07 New York415.3 inhabitants per square mile (160.3 /km2)
08 Florida360.2 inhabitants per square mile (139.1 /km2)
09 Pennsylvania285.3 inhabitants per square mile (110.2 /km2)
10 Ohio282.5 inhabitants per square mile (109.1 /km2)
11 California244.2 inhabitants per square mile (94.3 /km2)
12 Illinois231.9 inhabitants per square mile (89.5 /km2)
13 Hawaii216.8 inhabitants per square mile (83.7 /km2)
14 Virginia207.3 inhabitants per square mile (80.0 /km2)
15 North Carolina200.6 inhabitants per square mile (77.5 /km2)
16 Indiana182.5 inhabitants per square mile (70.5 /km2)
17 Michigan174.8 inhabitants per square mile (67.5 /km2)
18 Georgia172.5 inhabitants per square mile (66.6 /km2)
19 South Carolina157.1 inhabitants per square mile (60.7 /km2)
20 Tennessee156.6 inhabitants per square mile (60.5 /km2)
21 New Hampshire147.0 inhabitants per square mile (56.8 /km2)
22 Kentucky110.0 inhabitants per square mile (42.5 /km2)
23 Wisconsin105.2 inhabitants per square mile (40.6 /km2)
24 Louisiana105.0 inhabitants per square mile (40.5 /km2)
25 Washington102.6 inhabitants per square mile (39.6 /km2)
26 Texas98.07 inhabitants per square mile (37.87 /km2)
27 Alabama94.65 inhabitants per square mile (36.54 /km2)
 United States*88.08 inhabitants per square mile (34.01 /km2)
28 Missouri87.26 inhabitants per square mile (33.69 /km2)
29 West Virginia77.06 inhabitants per square mile (29.75 /km2)
30 Vermont67.73 inhabitants per square mile (26.15 /km2)
31 Minnesota67.14 inhabitants per square mile (25.92 /km2)
-- Northern Mariana Islands63.8 inhabitants per square mile (24.6 /km2)
32 Mississippi63.50 inhabitants per square mile (24.52 /km2)
33 Arizona57.05 inhabitants per square mile (22.03 /km2)
34 Arkansas56.43 inhabitants per square mile (21.79 /km2)
35 Oklahoma55.22 inhabitants per square mile (21.32 /km2)
36 Iowa54.81 inhabitants per square mile (21.16 /km2)
37 Colorado49.33 inhabitants per square mile (19.05 /km2)
38 Maine43.04 inhabitants per square mile (16.62 /km2)
39 Oregon40.33 inhabitants per square mile (15.57 /km2)
40 Kansas35.09 inhabitants per square mile (13.55 /km2)
41 Utah34.30 inhabitants per square mile (13.24 /km2)
42 Nevada24.80 inhabitants per square mile (9.58 /km2)
43 Nebraska23.97 inhabitants per square mile (9.25 /km2)
44 Idaho19.15 inhabitants per square mile (7.39 /km2)
45 New Mexico17.16 inhabitants per square mile (6.63 /km2)
46 South Dakota10.86 inhabitants per square mile (4.19 /km2)
47 North Dakota9.916 inhabitants per square mile (3.829 /km2)
48 Montana6.858 inhabitants per square mile (2.648 /km2)
49 Wyoming5.851 inhabitants per square mile (2.259 /km2)
50 Alaska1.264 inhabitants per square mile (0.488 /km2)

*Does not include territories


See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011" (CSV). 2011 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. December 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census State Area Measurements and Internal Point Coordinates". 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. February 11, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ United Nations World Population Prospects
  4. ^ The District of Columbia is not a U.S. state, but is used in the calculation of the total average U.S. population density.

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