The 50 US States Ranked By Population

California, Texas, and Florida are the most populous U.S. states, while Wyoming, Vermont, and Alaska 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 economic regions with strong economic activities. While the most populated states are California, Texas, and Florida, the least populated states are Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska. 

Two Most Populated US States


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. 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 is the second most populated state in the US with a population of 28,304,596. 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 is the least populated state in the country. It is home to only 579,315 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 is the second least populated state in the country, with a total population of 623,657. 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. 

US States By Population

1 California39,536,653
2 Texas28,304,596
3 Florida20,984,400
4 New York19,849,399
5 Pennsylvania12,805,537
6 Illinois12,802,023
7 Ohio11,658,609
8 Georgia10,429,379
9 North Carolina10,273,419
10 Michigan9,962,311
11 New Jersey9,005,644
12 Virginia8,470,020
13 Washington7,405,743
14 Arizona7,016,270
15 Massachusetts6,859,819
16 Tennessee6,715,984
17 Indiana6,666,818
18 Missouri6,113,532
19 Maryland6,052,177
20 Wisconsin5,795,483
21 Colorado5,607,154
22 Minnesota5,576,606
23 South Carolina5,024,369
24 Alabama4,874,747
25 Louisiana4,684,333
26 Kentucky4,454,189
27 Oregon4,142,776
28 Oklahoma3,930,864
29 Connecticut3,588,184
30 Iowa3,145,711
31 Utah3,101,833
32 Arkansas3,004,279
33 Nevada2,998,039
34 Mississippi2,984,100
35 Kansas2,913,123
36 New Mexico2,088,070
37 Nebraska1,920,076
38 West Virginia1,815,857
39 Idaho1,716,943
40 Hawaii1,427,538
41 New Hampshire1,342,795
42 Maine1,335,907
43 Rhode Island1,059,639
44 Montana1,050,493
45 Delaware961,939
46 South Dakota869,666
47 North Dakota755,393
48 Alaska739,795
49 Vermont623,657
50 Wyoming579,315


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