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. Territorries
50 States + DC and District of Colombia
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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k
State/Territory/
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

Population density - showing population and land area in square miles[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. Territorries
50 States + DC and District of Colombia
Divisions & regions as defined by U.S. Census Bureau
Last col. shows larger region which contains entity in col. 2
Population, land area and population density /sqmi
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State/Territory/
Division/Region
2013
est.
pop.
Land
area
sqmi
Dens.
/sqmi
Geog.
sort
1 New Jersey8,899,3397,3541,210.1MdAtl
2 Rhode Island1,051,5111,0341,017.1NEng
3 Massachusetts6,692,8247,800858.0NEng
4 Connecticut3,596,0804,842742.6NEng
5 Maryland5,928,8149,707610.8SAtl
6 Delaware925,7491,949475.1SAtl
7 New York19,651,12747,126417.0MdAtl
8 Florida19,552,86053,625364.6SAtl
9 Pennsylvania12,773,80144,743285.5MdAtl
10 Ohio11,570,80840,861283.2ENC
11 California38,332,521155,779246.1Pac
12 Illinois12,882,13555,519232.0ENC
13 Hawaii1,404,0546,423218.6Pac
14 Virginia8,260,40539,490209.2SAtl
15 North Carolina9,848,06048,618202.6SAtl
16 Indiana6,570,90235,826183.4ENC
17 Michigan9,895,62256,539175.0ENC
18 Georgia9,992,16757,513173.7SAtl
19 South Carolina4,774,83930,061158.8SAtl
20 Tennessee6,495,97841,235157.5ESC
21 New Hampshire1,323,4598,953147.8NEng
22 Kentucky4,395,29539,486111.3ESC
23 Louisiana4,625,47043,204107.1WSC
24 Wisconsin5,742,71354,158106.0ENC
25 Washington6,971,40666,456104.9Pac
26 Texas26,448,193261,232101.2WSC
27 Alabama4,833,72250,64595.4ESC
28 Missouri6,044,17168,74287.9WNC
29 West Virginia1,854,30424,03877.1SAtl
30 Minnesota5,420,38079,62768.1WNC
31 Vermont626,6309,21768.0NEng
32 Mississippi2,991,20746,92363.7ESC
33 Arizona6,626,624113,59458.3Mtn
34 Arkansas2,959,37352,03556.9WSC
35 Oklahoma3,850,56868,59556.1WSC
36 Iowa3,090,41655,85755.3WNC
37 Colorado5,268,367103,64250.8Mtn
38 Maine1,328,30230,84343.1NEng
39 Oregon3,930,06595,98840.9Pac
40 Kansas2,893,95781,75935.4WNC
41 Utah2,900,87282,17035.3Mtn
42 Nevada2,790,136109,78125.4Mtn
43 Nebraska1,868,51676,82424.3WNC
44 Idaho1,612,13682,64319.5Mtn
45 New Mexico2,085,287121,29817.2Mtn
46 South Dakota844,87775,81111.1WNC
47 North Dakota723,39369,00110.5WNC
48 Montana1,015,165145,5467.0Mtn
49 Wyoming582,65897,0936.0Mtn
50 Alaska735,132570,6411.3Pac
1       Mid-Atlantic41,324,26799,223416.5NEast
2       New England14,618,80662,688233.2NEast
3       South Atlantic61,783,647265,062233.1South
4       East North Central46,662,180242,902192.1MWest
5       East South Central18,716,202178,290105.0South
6       West South Central37,883,604425,06689.1South
7       Pacific51,373,178895,28657.4West
8       West North Central20,885,710507,62041.1MWest
9       Mountain22,881,245855,76726.7West
1       Northeast55,943,073161,912345.5USA
2       South118,383,453868,418136.3USA
3       Midwest67,547,890750,52390.0USA
4       West74,254,4231,751,05342.4USA
-- District of Columbia646,4496110,588.8SAtl
-- 50 States + DC316,128,8393,531,90589.5NAmer
1 Puerto Rico3,615,0863,4241,055.9Terr.
2 U.S. Virgin Islands106,405134792.2Terr.
3 Guam159,358210759.6Terr.
4 American Samoa55,51976726.1Terr.
5 Northern Mariana
        Islands
53,883182295.5Terr.
--       Territories3,990,2514,027991.0USA

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