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Population of the US States and principal US territories.


Population of the US States and principal US territories
Population of US States.
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Number of inhabitants of the US states ranked by population.


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The United States is the third-most populous country in the world, with more than 330 million people (in 2020).

About 78% of the US population speaks English, 13% Spanish, and 1% Chinese. [1]

As you might know, the United States is divided into 50 States. The 48 contiguous Continental United States (also known as the Lower 48) and separated Alaska are located in North America. The US state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, about 4,000 km (3,500 mi) southwest of the US mainland.

98% of the US population lives in the Contiguous United States.
About 12% of the US population lives in California and 0.17% in Wyoming. The most densely populated state is New Jersey, followed by Puerto Rico (not a state) and Rhode Island.

This is a list of all U.S. states and the five principal U.S. territories with population estimates as of December 2019, ranked from the most populous U.S. state to the least populous state in the United States.


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No
Flag
State
Population
Capital
Notes

 

1
California State Flag
39,512,000
California is the most populous US state. 39.4% of California's entire population are Hispanics or Latinos. It is the US state with the highest Asian American population (15.5%).
California's largest metropolitan area is Los Angeles Metro.
 
2
Texas State Flag
28,996,000
Second-largest and second-most populous US state. The state's largest metropolitan area is DallasFort Worth.
 
3
Florida State Flag
21,477,000
The state's largest city is Jacksonville. About a quarter of Florida's population are Hispanics or Latinos.
 
4
New York State Flag
19,453,000
The largest city is New York City.
 
5
Pennsylvania State Flag
12,802,000
The state's most populous city is Philadelphia.
 
6
Illinois State Flag
12,671,000
Illinois's largest city is Chicago.
 
7
Ohio State Flag
11,689,000
About 80% of the population of Ohio is Caucasian (white).
The largest metropolitan area that lies entirely within Ohio is Greater Cleveland.
 
8
Georgia State Flag
10,617,000
Georgia is the US state with the third-largest African-American population (32.6%).
 
9
North Carolina State Flag
10,488,000
Charlotte is the most populous city in North Carolina.
 
10
Michigan State Flag
9,987,000
About 80% of the population of Michigan is white. The largest city in Michigan is Detroit.
 
11
New Jersey State Flag
8,882,000
New Jersey is the most densely populated US state.
 
12
Virginia State Flag
8,536,000
About 70% of Virginia's population is white and 20% are African-Americans.
 
13
Washington State Flag
7.615,000
Seattle is the state's most populous city.
 
14
Arizona State Flag
7,279,000
About 32% of Arizona's population are Hispanic or of Latino Origin.
 
15
Massachusetts State Flag
6,893,000
More than two-thirds of Massachusetts' total population lives in Greater Boston (4.87 million inhabitants), the state's largest metropolitan area.
 
16
Tennessee State Flag
6,829,000
The majority of Tennessee's population is white 73%; 17% of its population are African-Americans.
 
17
Indiana State Flag
6,732,000
Almost 80% of the population of Indiana is white, about 10% are African-Americans.
 
18
Missouri State Flag
6,137,000
About 80% of the population of Missouri is white, about 12% are African-Americans.
 
19
Maryland State Flag
6,046,000
The largest city in Maryland is Baltimore. Almost half of Maryland's entire population lives in the Baltimore metropolitan area. 50% of the state's population is white, about 31% are African-Americans, and 10% are of Hispanic or Latino Origin.
 
20
Wisconsin State Flag
5,822,000
Milwaukee is Wisconsin's largest city. 80% of the population of Wisconsin is white, about 7% are African-Americans, and 7% are Hispanics or Latinos.
 
21
Minnesota State Flag
5,640,000
The state's most populous city is Minneapolis. The population of Minnesota is predominantly white (84%).
 
22
Colorado State Flag
5,759,000
The population of Colorado is white (68%), Hispanics or Latino (22%), African-American (4.6%), and Asian (3.5%).
 
23
South Carolina State Flag
5,149,000
The population of South Carolina is white (64%), African-Americans (27%), Hispanics or Latino (6%), and Asian (1.8%).
 
24
Alabama State Flag
4,903,000
The population of Alabama is composed of whites (65%), African Americans (27%), Hispanics or Latinos (4.6%) and Asians (1.5%).
 
25
Louisiana State Flag
4,649,000
Louisiana is the US state with the second-largest African-American population (32%). The largest city is New Orleans.
 
26
Kentucky State Flag
4,468,000
The people of Kentucky are white 84.3%, African American 8.4%, Hispanic or Latino 3.8%, Asian 1.6%, and 0.3% Native American.
 
27
Oregon State Flag
4,218,000
Oregon's population is 87% white, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5% Asian, 2.2% African American, and 1.8% Native American. The state's most populous city is Portland.
 
28
Oklahoma State Flag
3,957,000
Oklahoma's has a predominantly white population 65.3%, about 11% are Hispanic or Latino, 9.4% Native Americans, 7.8% African American, and 2.3% Asian. Oklahoma is among the states with the highest Native American population.
 
29
Connecticut State Flag
3,565,000
The population of Connecticut is composed of White alone 66%, Hispanic or Latino 17%, African American 12%, Asian 5%, and Native American 0.6%.
 
30
Utah State Flag
3,206,000
The majority of Utah's population is white 78%, 14% are Hispanic or Latino, 2.7% Asian, 1.5% Native American, and 1.4% African American.
 
31
Iowa State Flag
3,155,000
The population of Iowa is 85% white, 6.3% Hispanic or Latino, 4.1% African American, 2.7% Asian and 0.5% Native American.
 
32
Nevada State Flag
3,080,000
The population of Nevada is composed of 48.7% white people, 29.0% Hispanics or Latinos, 10% African Americans, 8.7% Asians, and 1.7% Native Americans. The largest city in Nevada is Las Vegas.
 
33
Arkansas State Flag
3,018,000
The population of Arkansas is 72% Caucasian (white), 15.7% African American, 7.8% Hispanic or Latino, 1.7% Asian and 1% Native American.
 
34
Mississippi State Flag
2,976,000
The population of Mississippi is composed of 56.4% white people, 37.8% African Americans, 3.4% Hispanics or Latinos, 1.1% Asians and 0.6% Native Americans. Mississippi is the US state with the largest African-American population.
 
35
Kansas State Flag
2,913,000
The population of Kansas is composed of 75.7% Caucasians (white), 12.1% Hispanics or Latinos, 6.1% African Americans, 3.1% Asians and 1.2% Native Americans.
 
36
New Mexico State Flag
2,097,000
About half of New Mexico's population is of Hispanic or Latino Origin. Other ethnic groups are Caucasian (white) 36.8%, Native American 11%, African American 2.6%, and Asian 1.8%.
 
37
Nebraska State Flag
1,934,000
Nebraska's population is made up of Caucasian 78.2%, Hispanic or Latino 11.4%, African American 5.2%, Asian 2.7%, and Native American 1.5%.
 
38
West Virginia State Flag
1,792,000
At 92.1%, the population of West Virginia is mostly white, with African Americans 3.6%, Hispanics or Latinos 1.7%, Asians 0.8%, and Native Americans 0.3%.
 
39
Idaho State Flag
1,787,000
Idaho is quite white with almost 82% Caucasians and only 0.9% African Americans. The rest of the population is made up of Hispanics or Latinos 12.7%, Asians 1.6%, and Native Americans 1.7%.
 
40
Hawai'i State Flag
1,416,000
Hawaii is the only island state and the only US state located outside North America. Hawaii is the US state with the highest Asian population (37.6%.) Only about 10% of the population are Hawaiian natives.
 
41
New Hampshire State Flag
1,360,000
The population of New Hampshire is almost pure white (90% White Americans). The rest of the population is made up of 4% Hispanics or Latinos, 3.0% Asians, 1.8% Black or African Americans, and 0.3% Native Americans.
 
42
Maine State Flag
1,344,000
Maine is the state with the highest population of White Americans (93%). The rest of the state's population is made up of 1.8% Hispanics or Latinos, 1.7% Black or African Americans, 1.3% Asians, and 0.7% Native Americans.
 
43
Montana State Flag
1,069,000
The population of Montana consists of white Americans 86%, Native Americans 6.6%, Hispanics or Latinos 4.0%, Asians 0.9% and African Americans 0.6%.
 
44
Rhode Island State Flag
1,059,000
Rhode Island's ethnic groups are 72.0 percent white, 15.9 percent Hispanic or Latino, 8.4 percent African American, 3.6 percent Asian and 1.1 percent Native American.
 
45
Delaware State Flag
974,000
The population of Delaware is composed of White alone 61.9%, African American 23.0%, Hispanic or Latino 9.5%, Asian 4.1%, and Native American 0.7%.
46
South Dakota State Flag
885,000
South Dakota's population is made up of Caucasian 81.4%, Native American 9.0%, Hispanic or Latino 4.1%, African American 2.4%, and Asian 1.7%.
 
47
North Dakota State Flag
762,000
The population of North Dakota is composed of White alone 84.0%, Native American 5.5%, Hispanic or Latino 3.9%, African American 3.4%, and Asian 1.8%.
 
48
Alaska State Flag
732,000
Alaska is the largest US state by area and the least densely populated. It is the state with the highest percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives (15.6%).
 
49
Vermont State Flag
624,000
Vermont is the second-least populated US state and the state with the second-highest percentage of White Americans (92.6%).
 
50
Wyoming State Flag
579,000
Wyoming is the least populated US state. Wyoming's population is 83.7% white, 10.1% Hispanic or Latino, 2.7% Native American, 1.3% African American and 1.1% Asian.
 
Source: U.S. Census Bureau - Release Date: December 2019

 
Territories of the United States (Population estimates 2019)

There are five permanently inhabited territories under the sovereign jurisdiction of the federal government of the United States.

 
Flag
U.S. territory
Population
Capital
Notes
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District of Columbia Flag
706,000
--
Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia, is the capital of the United States of America. About 6.2 million people live in Washington's metropolitan area.
 
 
American Samoa Flag
56,000
Remote US territory consisting of seven South Pacific islands and atolls.
 
 
Guam Flag
168,000
Hagåtña (Agaña)
The remote US island territory in Micronesia is the westernmost point of the United States. Spoken languages are English and Chamorro.
 
 
Northern Mariana Islands Flag
51,000
Remote US insular area in the northwestern Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea consists of 14 islands.
 
 
Puerto Rico Flag
3,194,000
Greater Antilles island in the Caribbean Sea. It is the largest and most populous of the principal territories of the United States.
 
US Virgin Islands Flag
106,000
Volcanic Caribbean archipelago and an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau and CIA World Fact Book
 



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