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US States by Population 2022

United States, officially the United States of America (U.S. or U.S.A.), is a country in North America, a federal republic of 50 states. Besides the 48 conterminous states that occupy the middle latitudes of the continent, the United States includes the state of Alaska, at the northwestern extreme of North America, and the island state of Hawaii, in the mid-Pacific Ocean. 

The U.S. also has five permanently inhabited territories: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in the North Pacific Ocean, and American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean.

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Statewise Population 2022

The United States is a federal republic of 50 states, a federal district (District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.)., five territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands), and several uninhabited island possessions.  Let’s have a look at the population of States & Territories.

The population of 50 U.S. States & Federal District

#StatesPopulation (2020)Population 2022 Estimates
1California  39,538,22340 million
2Texas29,145,50530 million
3Florida 21,538,18722 million
4New York (state)20,201,24920 million
5Pennsylvania13,002,70013 million
6Illinois12,812,50812.8 million
7Ohio11,799,44811.85 million
8Georgia10,711,90810.9 million
9North Carolina10,439,38810.5 million
10Michigan10,077,33110.1 million
11New Jersey9,288,9949.4 million
12Virginia8,631,3938.75 million
13Washington (state)7,705,2817.9 million
14Arizona7,151,5027.3 million
15Massachusetts7,029,9177.1 million
16Tennessee6,910,8407 million
17Indiana6,785,5286.8 million
18Maryland6,177,2246.2 million
19Missouri6,154,9136.2 million
20Wisconsin5,893,7185.94 million
21Colorado5,773,7145.9 million
22Minnesota5,706,4945.8 million
23South Carolina5,118,4255.2 million
24Alabama5,024,2795.07 million
25Louisiana4,657,7574.7 million
26Kentucky4,505,8364.5 million
27Oregon4,237,2564.3 million
28Oklahoma3,959,3534 million
29Connecticut3,605,9443.6 million
30Utah3,271,6163.3 million
31Iowa3,190,3693.2 million
32Nevada3,104,6143.2 million
33Arkansas3,011,5243 million
34Mississippi2,961,2792.96 million
35Kansas2,937,8802.95 million
36New Mexico2,117,5222.1 million
37Nebraska1,961,5042 million
38Idaho1,839,1061.9 million
39West Virginia1,793,7161.79 million
40Hawaii1,455,2711.48 million
41New Hampshire1,377,5291.39 million
42Maine1,362,3591.37 million
43Rhode Island1,097,3791.1 million
44Montana1,084,2251.1 million
45Delaware989,9481 million
46South Dakota 886,6670.9 million
47North Dakota779,094780 thousand
48Alaska733,391740 thousand
49Vermont643,077650 thousand
50Wyoming575,851580 thousand
Washington DC – District of Columbia705,749726 thousand

 Source: 2020 United States census

Population of unincorporated U.S. territories 2022

The United States has five unincorporated overseas territories ( (Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands). Let’s have look at their population estimates for 2020

# Territories 2020 Population estimates
1  Puerto Rico 3,285,874
2  Guam 168,485
3  U.S. Virgin Islands 106,235
4  American Samoa 49,437
5  Northern Mariana Islands 51,433

Most Populated States in the United States

The five most populated states are California, Texas, Florida, Newyork (state) &  Pennsylvania. Almost half of the country’s population lives in the Ten populated states of the United States & contribute 54% of the population. In the Top 10 states, Texas (15.9%) has the highest population growth rate during this decade followed by Florida (14.6%). Michigan with a growth rate of just 2% has dropped 2 spots from 8th to 10th.

The population is distributed unevenly across 50 US states. Generally, states that are around the country’s border – West Coast, East Coast, and southern states – are the most populous. States that are more interior, such as those in the Great Plains and Midwest, tend to be less populous. However, there are some exceptions, such as Illinois, which is in the Midwest but has a high population, mainly centered in the Chicago area.

By far, the most populous state in the United States is California. It has nearly 40 million residents, comprising a whopping 12% of the country’s population. Next in line is Texas, After California and Texas come Florida, with a population of about 21.9 million. It is also growing rapidly, with a growth rate of 3.30% per year.  In 2010 Florida is in the 4th Spot, but in 2020 it has replaced Newyork in the thirds spot. 

New York is the fourth most populous in the country. Out of a population of 20 million, about half of its residents live in New York City. States in New England, along the Northeast seaboard, tend to be quite small geographically but with higher populations.

1California 3,95,38,223
3Florida 2,15,38,187
4New York (state)2,02,01,249
9North Carolina1,04,39,388

Source: 2020 United States census


Least Populated States in the United States

Wyoming is the least populated state followed by Vermont & Alaska. 10 least populous states contribute only 3% of the United States population and the 20 lowest constitute only 10 % of the total.

The smallest state by population is Wyoming, with fewer than 600,000 residents and a negative growth rate of 0.60% per year. Other states with negative population growth include Louisiana, Connecticut, Kansas, West Virginia, Hawaii, and Alaska. Surprisingly, despite the presence of the massive cities of New York City and Chicago, both New York and Illinois are experiencing negative population growth.

Most states are currently experiencing population growth, the greatest of which can be seen in Idaho, at 6.26%. Nevada and Arizona also have high population growth this year, at 5.23% and 5.06%, respectively.

Rhode Island is the smallest state by landmass, but it has a higher population than many larger states, including Alaska (the largest state by land mass), Montana, and Wyoming. Montana, though it has a vastly larger landmass than Rhode Island, has 10,000 fewer residents.

Please note that the numbers in this article may be slightly different from the most recent projections in the table below or elsewhere, as they are only updated every so often.

47North Dakota7,79,094
46South Dakota 8,86,667
43Rhode Island10,97,379
41New Hampshire13,77,529
District of Columbia7,05,749

*Washington DC/ District of Columbia also has a population almost near to Alaska i.e  7,05,749


US States by Population 2022

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