List of U.S. states by population density

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Map of states showing population density (2000)
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)

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, 2013 for the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and from the 2010 Census for the other four U.S. territories (which is the latest data available as of April 24, 2014.) [1] Total land area is from the 2010 Census.[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.[3]

Population density for states, divisions, regions and territories[edit]

Legend
Division totals – 9 divisions for 50 States and DC
Region totals – 4 regions ( 2 or 3 divisions each)
Individual territories
Total U.S. Territories
50 States + DC and District of Columbia
Divisions & regions as defined by U.S. Census Bureau
Last col. shows larger region which contains entity in col. 2
Population density for states, divisions, regions and territories
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Division/Region
Dens.
/sqmi
Dens.
/sqkm
Geog.
sort
-- District of Columbia10,588.84,088.4SAtl
1 New Jersey1,210.1467.2MdAtl
1 Puerto Rico1,055.9407.7Terr.
2 Rhode Island1,017.1392.7NEng
--       Territories991.0382.6USA
3 Massachusetts858.0331.3NEng
2 U.S. Virgin Islands792.2305.9Terr.
3 Guam759.6293.3Terr.
4 Connecticut742.6286.7NEng
4 American Samoa726.1280.4Terr.
5 Maryland610.8235.8SAtl
6 Delaware475.1183.4SAtl
7 New York417.0161.0MdAtl
1       Mid-Atlantic416.5160.8NEast
8 Florida364.6140.8SAtl
1       Northeast345.5133.4USA
5 Northern Mariana Islands295.5114.1Terr.
9 Pennsylvania285.5110.2MdAtl
10 Ohio283.2109.3ENC
11 California246.195.0Pac
2       New England233.290.0NEast
3       South Atlantic233.190.0South
12 Illinois232.089.6ENC
13 Hawaii218.684.4Pac
14 Virginia209.280.8SAtl
15 North Carolina202.678.2SAtl
4       East North Central192.174.2MWest
16 Indiana183.470.8ENC
17 Michigan175.067.6ENC
18 Georgia173.767.1SAtl
19 South Carolina158.861.3SAtl
20 Tennessee157.560.8ESC
21 New Hampshire147.857.1NEng
2       South136.352.6USA
22 Kentucky111.343.0ESC
23 Louisiana107.141.3WSC
24 Wisconsin106.040.9ENC
5       East South Central105.040.5South
25 Washington104.940.5Pac
26 Texas101.239.1WSC
27 Alabama95.436.9ESC
3       Midwest90.034.7USA
-- 50 States + DC89.534.6NAmer
6       West South Central89.134.4South
28 Missouri87.933.9WNC
29 West Virginia77.129.8SAtl
30 Minnesota68.126.3WNC
31 Vermont68.026.3NEng
32 Mississippi63.724.6ESC
33 Arizona58.322.5Mtn
7       Pacific57.422.2West
34 Arkansas56.922.0WSC
35 Oklahoma56.121.7WSC
36 Iowa55.321.4WNC
37 Colorado50.819.6Mtn
38 Maine43.116.6NEng
4       West42.416.4USA
8       West North Central41.115.9MWest
39 Oregon40.915.8Pac
40 Kansas35.413.7WNC
41 Utah35.313.6Mtn
9       Mountain26.710.3West
42 Nevada25.49.8Mtn
43 Nebraska24.39.4WNC
44 Idaho19.57.5Mtn
45 New Mexico17.26.6Mtn
46 South Dakota11.14.3WNC
47 North Dakota10.54.0WNC
48 Montana7.02.7Mtn
49 Wyoming6.02.3Mtn
50 Alaska1.30.5Pac

Summary of density by region showing population and land area[edit]

Legend
Division totals – 9 divisions for 50 States and DC
Region totals – 4 regions ( 2 or 3 divisions each)
Individual territories
Total U.S. Territories
50 States + DC and District of Columbia
Divisions & regions as defined by U.S. Census Bureau
Last col. shows larger region which contains entity in col. 1
Population density, population and land area of states, territories, divisions and regions
State/Territory/
Division/Region
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Pop.
dens.
/sqmi.
R
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2013
pop.
R
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Land
area
sqmi.
Geog.
sort
 New Jersey11210.1118,899,339467,354NEng
 Rhode Island21017.1431,051,511501,034NEng
 Massachusetts3858.0146,692,824457,800NEng
 Connecticut4742.6293,596,080484,842NEng
 Maryland5610.8195,928,814429,707SAtl
 Delaware6475.145925,749491,949SAtl
 New York7417.0319,651,1273047,126NEng
 Florida8364.6419,552,8602653,625SAtl
 Pennsylvania9285.5612,773,8013244,743NEng
 Ohio10283.2711,570,8083540,861ENC
 California11246.1138,332,5213155,779Pac
 Illinois12232.0512,882,1352455,519ENC
 Hawaii13218.6401,404,054476,423Pac
 Virginia14209.2128,260,4053639,490SAtl
 North Carolina15202.6109,848,0602948,618SAtl
 Indiana16183.4166,570,9023835,826ENC
 Michigan17175.099,895,6222256,539ENC
 Georgia18173.789,992,1672157,513SAtl
 South Carolina19158.8244,774,8394030,061SAtl
 Tennessee20157.5176,495,9783441,235ESC
 New Hampshire21147.8421,323,459448,953NEng
 Kentucky22111.3264,395,2953739,486ESC
 Louisiana23107.1254,625,4703343,204WSC
 Wisconsin24106.0205,742,7132554,158ENC
 Washington25104.9136,971,4062066,456Pac
 Texas26101.2226,448,1932261,232WSC
 Alabama2795.4234,833,7222850,645ESC
 Missouri2887.9186,044,1711868,742WNC
 West Virginia2977.1381,854,3044124,038SAtl
 Minnesota3068.1215,420,3801479,627WNC
 Vermont3168.049626,630439,217NEng
 Mississippi3263.7312,991,2073146,923ESC
 Arizona3358.3156,626,6246113,594Mtn
 Arkansas3456.9322,959,3732752,035WSC
 Oklahoma3556.1283,850,5681968,595WSC
 Iowa3655.3303,090,4162355,857WNC
 Colorado3750.8225,268,3678103,642Mtn
 Maine3843.1411,328,3023930,843NEng
 Oregon3940.9273,930,0651095,988Pac
 Kansas4035.4342,893,9571381,759WNC
 Utah4135.3332,900,8721282,170Mtn
 Nevada4225.4352,790,1367109,781Mtn
 Nebraska4324.3371,868,5161576,824WNC
 Idaho4419.5391,612,1361182,643Mtn
 New Mexico4517.2362,085,2875121,298Mtn
 South Dakota4611.146844,8771675,811WNC
 North Dakota4710.548723,3931769,001WNC
 Montana487.0441,015,1654145,546Mtn
 Wyoming496.050582,658997,093Mtn
 Alaska501.347735,1321570,641Pac
       Mid-Atlantic1416.5441,324,267899,223NEast
       New England2233.2914,618,806962,688NEast
       South Atlantic3233.1161,783,6475265,062South
       East North Central4192.1346,662,1806242,902MWest
       East South Central5105.0818,716,2027178,290South
       West South Central689.1537,883,6044425,066South
       Pacific757.4251,373,1781895,286West
       West North Central841.1720,885,7103507,620MWest
       Mountain926.7622,881,2452855,767West
       Northeast1345.5455,943,0734161,912USA
       South2136.31118,383,4532868,418USA
       Midwest390.0367,547,8903750,523USA
       West442.4274,254,42311,751,053USA
 District of Columbia--10588.8--646,449--61SAtl
 50 States & DC--89.5--316,128,839--3,531,905NAmer
 Puerto Rico11055.913,615,08613,424Terr.
 U.S. Virgin Islands2792.23106,4054134Terr.
 Guam3759.62159,3582210Terr.
 American Samoa4726.1455,519576Terr.
 Northern Mariana Islands5295.5553,8833182Terr.
       Total Territories--991.0--3,990,251--4,027USA

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