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The 50 US States Ranked By Population

California and Texas are the most populous U.S. states, while Wyoming and Vermont are the least populous.

The United States of America (USA) is a federal republic consisting of 50 states, a federal district and five other territories that are self-governing. The population of about 324 million people is spread across an area of 3.8 million square miles. The population varies from state to state depending on several factors. The US population distribution, like any other country, is centered around regions with strong economic activities. While the most populated states are California and Texas, the least populated states are Wyoming and Vermont. All numbers come from the July 2018 estimate of the US Census

Two Most Populated US States

California - 39,557,045

California is the most populated state in the US with a total population of 39,557,045. The state also happens to be one of the fastest-growing in the country. California is the third largest state by land area. On the economic front, the state of California has the highest output in the agricultural industry. The economy is concentrated on finance, real estate, business services and the film industry. Chevron, Apple, and McKesson, three of the world’s largest firms, also have their headquarters in California. With such robust economic activities, the population is bound to be high as people look to exploit the available opportunities. If California were a country, it would rank as the 5th largest economy in the world.

Texas - 28,701,845

Texas is the second most populated state in the US with a population of 28,701,845. The state is the second-largest in the country by land area. Texas was earlier associated with the cattle industry, but oil discoveries in the state initiated an economic surge at the beginning of the twentieth century. The state invested in education and had developed into a diversified economy, leading in many industries such as energy, electronics, aerospace, and biomedical sciences. The state of Texas has been a leader in export revenue since 2002. The strong economy and different economic opportunities keep attracting people to the state.

Two Least Populated States Of The US

Wyoming - 577,737

Wyoming is the least populated state in the country. It is home to only 577,737 people. Due to its large land area, Wyoming ranks as the second least densely populated state in the country. A lack of population centers and a relatively harsh climate are some of the reasons why Wyoming has not attracted a large population. One of the biggest industries in Wyoming is tourism. The state is home to a number of famous national parks including Yellowstone National Park

Vermont - 626,299

Vermont is the second least populated state in the country, with a total population of 626,299. Located in the country's New England region, the capital of Vermont is Montpelier. Like Wyoming, Vermont may have a low population due to its climate, which includes very harsh winters. The largest city in Vermont is Burlington. 

What is the Most Populated State?

California is the most populated state in the US with a total population of 39,536,653. The state also happens to be one of the fastest growing in the country. California is the third largest state by land area.

US States By Population

Rank´╗┐StatePopulation
1California39,557,045
2Texas28,701,845
3Florida21,299,325
4New York19,542,209
5Pennsylvania12,807,060
6Illinois12,741,080
7Ohio11,689,442
8Georgia10,519,475
9North Carolina10,383,620
10Michigan9,995,915
11New Jersey8,908,520
12Virginia8,517,685
13Washington7,535,591
14Arizona7,171,646
15Massachusetts6,902,149
16Tennessee6,770,010
17Indiana6,691,878
18Missouri6,126,452
19Maryland6,042,718
20Wisconsin5,813,568
21Colorado5,695,564
22Minnesota5,611,179
23South Carolina5,084,127
24Alabama4,887,871
25Louisiana4,659,978
26Kentucky4,468,402
27Oregon4,190,713
28Oklahoma3,943,079
29Connecticut3,572,665
30Utah3,161,105
31Iowa3,156,145
32Nevada3,034,392
33Arkansas3,013,825
34Mississippi2,986,530
35Kansas2,911,505
36New Mexico2,095,428
37Nebraska1,929,268
38West Virginia1,805,832
39Idaho1,754,208
40Hawaii1,420,491
41New Hampshire1,356,458
42Maine1,338,404
43Montana1,062,305
44Rhode Island1,057,315
45Delaware967,171
46South Dakota882,235
47North Dakota760,077
48Alaska737,438
49Vermont626,299
50Wyoming577,737

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