Amazing Geography Facts About the U.S. States

Almost every American state has something that makes it unique. Below are the maps of the U.S. states that highlight their uniqueness.


Alaska is the biggest U.S. state by area and the seventh-biggest subnational division in the world. The size of Alaska is equivalent to the entire U.S. Eastern Seabord, spanning north to south from Maine to Florida and west to Tennessee.

Alaska, how big is it anyway?

If California were an independent country, it would rank as the world’s 5th-biggest economy behind Germany, Japan, China, and the U.K. The map below shows 6 areas in the U.S. that have roughly the same GDP as California.

California is the richest U.S. state

Is Colorado a perfect rectangle? Almost yes, but not quite. The map of Colorado’s border deviations is below.

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The borders of Colorado were fixed in 1850. Colorado’s borders were originally defined as lines of latitude and longitude, making its shape a latitude-longitude quadrangle that stretches from 37° N to 41° N latitude and 102.05° W to 109. 05° W longitude. On the northern side, the border is shorter than the southern one because circles of latitude get shorter as they get farther from the equator and closer to the poles. Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah are the only U.S. states with boundaries defined solely by latitude and longitude lines.


Iowa is the only U.S. state whose eastern and western borders are entirely rivers.

Borders of Iowa
New Hampshire

New Hampshire is the 5th smallest U.S.state by area and the 10th least populated, with over 1.3 million citizens. The map below shows U.S. counties larger than New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Mapped
New York

New York State is home to the most populous city in the United States. With almost 24 million in its combined statistical area, New York City is one of the world’s densest megacities. The map below shows the U.S. States with a smaller population than New York City.

Map of the U.S. States with a smaller population than NYC
Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the smallest state by area (1,214 sq mi / 3,144 sq km) and the 7th-least populous (1,1 million), although it is the 2nd-most densely populated after New Jersey (1,006/sq mi or 388 sq km). The maps below show Counties bigger than Rhode Island.

The smallest state - Rhode Island

Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by area after Alaska. But this U.S. state has its uniqueness. Texas is divided into 254 counties, more than any other U.S. state.

Texas is divided into 254 U.S. counties.

The population of the state of Wyoming is approximately 570 thousand. The map below shows all U.S. Counties more populated than a state.

The map of Wyoming compared with all U.S. counties.

Do you know any other amazing facts about the American states? Please feel free to write about it in the comments. For more maps about the U.S. administrative and political subdivision, see:

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