Last updated on October 31st, 2022 at 01:58 pm
By area, the United States is the fourth largest country in the world, behind China, Canada, and Russia (the world’s largest country by land area).
The area of the U.S. is more than 10 times larger than Nigeria’s. While the U.S. is 3,796,742 sq mi, Nigeria has a 356,669 sq mi area. Though, the African country is the biggest in terms of population on the continent.
Ranking the 50 U.S. states by total area, some states in the U.S. have an area bigger than some countries around the world. For instance, the total area of the State of Alaska is bigger than Nigeria’s. Alaska has a 665,384 sq mi total area.
What is the largest U.S. State by area?
Alaska is the biggest U.S. state by area. It also has the highest water area among the U.S. states. Alaska, which is one of the U.S. states that pays its residents to live has a total area of 1,723,337 square kilometer (sq.km) or 665,384 square miles (sq mi).
The second largest which also has the highest number of Counties is Texas sitting on 268,596 sq mi or 695,662 sq.km. It is followed by the Golden State of California which has 163,695 sq mi or 423,967 sq.km.
Montana and New Mexico occupy the fourth and fifth position with 380,831 sq.km (or 147,040 sq mi) and 121,590 sq mi or 314,917 sq.km respectively.
The smallest state:
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States in total area with just 1,545 sq mi or 4,001 sq.km and 511sq mi of its area is covered by water.
Delaware is the second smallest with 2,489 sq mi. Connecticut sits on a 5,543 sq mi area, making it the third on the table among the 50 U.S. states followed by New Jersey which has 8,723 sq mi area and New Hampshire has 9,349 sq mi area.
Area of a country
The area of a country is the total sum of its land area and water area either by square kilometer or square mile.
It is what a country prefers to call its territory: land and waters and air. Any uninvited entry into these spaces could trigger aggression against the invader.
So, how big are the 50 U.S. states by area?
The table below provides land, water and total area of the U.S. and how the 50 states including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam share 3,796,742 sq mi.
|1||Alaska||665,384 sq mi|
|2||Texas||268,596 sq mi|
|3||California||163,695 sq mi|
|4||Montana||147,040 sq mi|
|5||New Mexico||121,590 sq mi|
|6||Arizona||113,990 sq mi|
|7||Nevada||110,572 sq mi|
|8||Colorado||104,094 sq mi|
|9||Oregon||98,379 sq mi|
|10||Wyoming||97,813 sq mi|
|11||Michigan||96,714 sq mi|
|12||Minnesota||86,936 sq mi|
|13||Utah||84,897 sq mi|
|14||Idaho||83,569 sq mi|
|15||Kansas||82,278 sq mi|
|16||Nebraska||77,348 sq mi|
|17||South Dakota||77,116 sq mi|
|18||Washington||71,298 sq mi|
|19||North Dakota||70,698 sq mi|
|20||Oklahoma||69,899 sq mi|
|21||Missouri||69,707 sq mi|
|22||Florida||65,758 sq mi|
|23||Wisconsin||65,496 sq mi|
|24||Georgia||59,425 sq mi|
|25||Illinois||57,914 sq mi|
|26||Iowa||56,273 sq mi|
|27||New York||54,555 sq mi|
|28||North Carolina||53,819 sq mi|
|29||Arkansas||53,179 sq mi|
|30||Alabama||52,420 sq mi|
|31||Louisiana||52,378 sq mi|
|32||Mississippi||48,432 sq mi|
|33||Pennsylvania||46,054 sq mi|
|34||Ohio||44,826 sq mi|
|35||Virginia||42,775 sq mi|
|36||Tennessee||42,144 sq mi|
|37||Kentucky||40,408 sq mi|
|38||Indiana||36,420 sq mi|
|39||Maine||35,380 sq mi|
|40||South Carolina||32,020 sq mi|
|41||West Virginia||24,230 sq mi|
|42||Maryland||12,406 sq mi|
|43||Hawaii||10,932 sq mi|
|44||Massachusetts||10,554 sq mi|
|45||Vermont||9,616 sq mi|
|46||New Hampshire||9,349 sq mi|
|47||New Jersey||8,723 sq mi|
|48||Connecticut||5,543 sq mi|
|49||Delaware||2,489 sq mi|
|50||Rhode Island||1,545 sq mi|
|Puerto Rico||5,325 sq mi|
|Island Areas||3,860 sq mi|
|Northern Mariana Islands||1,976 sq mi|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||733 sq mi|
|American Samoa||581 sq mi|
|Guam||571 sq mi|
|District of Columbia||68 sq mi|
|TOTAL||3,796,742 sq mi|
The total area of the State of Alaska is more than 430 the area of Rhode Island
But the small state of Rhode Island isn’t doing badly in terms of wealth creation. It is the 17th-wealthiest state in the U.S. with a per capita income of $21,688 as of 2000 and a personal per capita income of $31,916 as of 2003. It is still 12 behind Alaska in this regard.