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US States: Other

See also US States: Cities (for state capitals and largest cities, and the dates on which each state joined the Union), and US States: Nicknames (for state nicknames, license plate nicknames, and other nicknames

Self–governing territory of the USA: an island in the eastern Caribbean, capital San Juan Click to show or hide the answer

Borders, Coastlines and Shores

Questions such as "Which five US states have coasts on the Pacific Ocean?" are quite popular. It's pointless talking about this topic without a map to refer to, so here's one I nicked from Wikipedia:

US states map

The following subsections divide the states into seven groups, according to which international borders or shores they have. (Some states appear in more than one group.)

Borders with Canada (11)

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Shores on the Great Lakes (8)

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Atlantic Coastlines (14)

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Coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico (5)

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Borders with Mexico (4)

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Pacific Coastlines (5)

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None (14)

The following states are entirely landlocked by other US states, and have no international borders, coastlines or shores on the Great Lakes.

In this subsection, in an attempt to reflect their positions on a map, the states are listed from North to South and West to East. On the top row, the first state listed is the most northerly and the other three are slightly further south, listed from west to east. The five states on the middle row are all at a similar latitude to each other, and are listed from west to east. The states on the bottom row are also listed from west to east, but note that the fourth state is to the north of the third state (on a similar latitude to the five states on the second row) and the fifth is to the east of the fourth.

I hope this makes sense!

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General

Bought from Russia for $7.22 million in 1867; produces most oil Click to show or hide the answer
Largest in area; longest shoreline (longer than all the other states put together); most northerly, most westerly, and most easterly; longest border with Canada; includes 13 of the USA's 15 largest islands; the only US state whose name can be typed using only the middle row of a standard QWERTY keyboard
Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes; Mount McKinley; Aleutian Islands; Kodiak Island
Grand Canyon; Petrified Forest (National Park) in the Painted Desert; Monument Valley; Tombstone (famous for the Gunfight at the OK Corral, 1881) Click to show or hide the answer
First to rejoin the Union after the Civil War Click to show or hide the answer
Mojave Desert; Joshua Tree, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks; Death Valley Click to show or hide the answer
Mount Wilson, Mount Palomar (Observatories)
Most populous; third largest in area
Has a bear on its flag (the grizzly is the "state animal"); official motto is "Eureka!"
Named after Charles I (then a colony – split in 1729) Click to show or hide the answer
Aspen, Vail (ski resorts) Click to show or hide the answer
Yale University; southernmost state in New England Click to show or hide the answer
First state to ratify the constitution (hence its nickname) Click to show or hide the answer
Ceded to the USA by Spain, 1819, in exchange for $5 million and the USA's renunciation of any rights to Texas Click to show or hide the answer
Everglades National Park, Walt Disney World (including EPCOT)
St. Petersburg is the fifth largest city in
Naples – one of the USA's wealthiest cities, with its sixth–highest income per capita and the second–highest proportion of millionaires per capita
John F. Kennedy Space Centre, at Cape Canaveral
The southernmost point of mainland USA is in
St. Augustine: founded in 1565, the oldest continuously–occupied European–established settlement in the continental USA
Most southerly; the only one that doesn't have a land border, and the only one that doesn't have a straight border Click to show or hide the answer
Union Jack on its flag
Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach (both on the island of Oahu)
Craters of the Moon National Monument Click to show or hide the answer
'Hoosier' is the official demonym for a resident of Click to show or hide the answer
Dodge City (famous as a Wild West frontier town; 2010 population 27,340); Wichita is the largest city in Click to show or hide the answer
Fort Knox Click to show or hide the answer
Bourbon county (which gives its name to the type of whiskey that was first produced there in the late 18th century)
Took the (anglicised) name of the huge tract of land across the mid–west, named after a French king (Louis XIV) and sold by Napoleon for 60 million francs ($11.25 million) in 1803; home of cajun music and cooking, and zydeco music Click to show or hide the answer
The only one with a single–syllable name; largest state in New England (with just over half of the total area); formerly part of Massachusetts (although over three times the size). Only borders one other state; most easterly of the contiguous 48 (nearest to the Greenwich meridian); named (probably) after a province of France (immediately south of Normandy) Click to show or hide the answer
Named after the wife of Charles I (Henrietta Maria); Camp David (official holiday residence of the President of the USA) Click to show or hide the answer
The most populous state in New England (about 45% of the population) Click to show or hide the answer
Cape Cod, Harvard University, Martha's Vineyard (island resort), Salem (famous for its witch trials of 1692–3)
Has shores on four of the five Great Lakes (all except Ontario) Click to show or hide the answer
Consists mainly of two peninsulas, separated by the Straits of Mackinac
Bay City, which (unwittingly) gave its name to the Bay City Rollers, is in
Kalamazoo Click to show or hide the answer
Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes – contains at least that many glacial lakes Click to show or hide the answer
Kansas City is in Click to show or hide the answer
Battle of the Little Big Horn (1876) Click to show or hide the answer
Omaha: most populous city in Click to show or hide the answer
The Great Basin, Las Vegas Click to show or hide the answer
The only US state whose name refers to an English county; the only one in New England with 'New' in its name Click to show or hide the answer
The only US state that Maine has a border with
Bretton Woods is a ski resort in
Manchester is the largest city in
First state to hold primaries in the four–year presidential election cycle
The most densely–populated US state (slightly smaller than Wales, but with three times the population); Atlantic City (the original setting of Monopoly) Click to show or hide the answer
The first atomic bomb test explosion took place (on 16 July 1945) in Click to show or hide the answer
The chapparal cock (a.k.a. the greater roadrunner) is the state bird of
Amityville; Sing Sing Prison; Lake Placid (venue of the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Cornell and Columbia universities (the largest of the eight Ivy League institutions)
The Finger Lakes (and Lake Oneida, popularly known as 'the Thumb') are a popular tourist destination in
Niagara Falls Click to show or hide the answer
Kitty Hawk Click to show or hide the answer
Named after Charles I Click to show or hide the answer
Tulsa Click to show or hide the answer
Lies between Washington and California on the Pacific coast Click to show or hide the answer
Second to ratify the Constitution (5 days after Delaware) Click to show or hide the answer
Gettysburg (pop. 7,620 in 2010) - famous for the Civil War battle of 1863, and Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery there four months later
Three Mile Island; Bethlehem is a major steel city in
Smallest in area, and the second most densely populated (after New Jersey) Click to show or hide the answer
Named (partly) from the Dutch for 'red', after the colour of its soil
The only US state that has two words in its name, where the first word is not 'New' or a point of the compass
Charleston – scene of the first action in the Civil War and after which the dance was named (not to be confused with the state capital of West Virginia) Click to show or hide the answer
Mount Rushmore; Badlands National Park; Minuteman Missile National Historic Site; Crazy Horse Monument (under construction since 1948) Click to show or hide the answer
Chattanooga; Lynchburg – home of Jack Daniel's whiskey Click to show or hide the answer
San Antonio (site of the Alamo), Edward's Plateau Click to show or hide the answer
Amarillo is the 14th–largest city in
Second–largest, by area – and the largest of the 48 contiguous ones; was the largest of all, before Alaska joined; also the second–largest in population, after California
Six of the USA's twenty largest cities are in Click for more information
Bonneville Salt Flats Click to show or hide the answer
Rainbow Bridge – the world's largest natural bridge (span 275ft, 84m)
Name is from the French for "green mountain" Click to show or hide the answer
Named after Elizabeth I Click to show or hide the answer
Arlington Cemetery; The Pentagon (near Arlington); Shenandoah National Park; George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Mount St. Helens (erupted in 1980); Puget Sound Click to show or hide the answer
Hanford Reservation, where weapon–grade plutonium was produced
Green Bay (named after the arm of Lake Michigan on which it stands – home of the Packers NFL team); Winnebago is the largest lake entirely within Click to show or hide the answer
Least populous; first to give votes to women (1869) Click to show or hide the answer
Yellowstone National Park (mainly)
The Black Hills are in South Dakota and

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