The United States of America is the country that didn’t need any introduction. With its developed economy and high standard of lifestyle, it has become one of the most preferred choices of people to live in.
The country covers around 9.834 million km2 area of the planet earth and holds 50 states within it. Let’s take a look at the 10 largest states in the United States of America with respect to area.
Here are the top 10 Largest States in The USA by Area
This state was purchased by the USA from Russia in the year 1867 and today it is the largest state in the country with the total area of 663,268 sq m and located at the North West extremity of North America. The place got the name ‘Alaska’ during the Russian colonial period and it was used to refer the peninsula. It is the third least populated and the least densely populated state out of the 50 states in the country. The state has got a flourished economy with its fishing, natural gas and oil industries that have taken a large place in the state. Apart from this, tourism is also one of the major sources of income.
In the context of both area and population, Texas stands in the second place in the United States of America and is situated in the south-central part of the country. The word ‘Texas’ was derived from the Latin origin which means ‘friends’ in Caddo language. The total area of the state is around 268,581 sq m with 27,862,596 populations as per 2016 census. It was earlier known as the Republic of Texas until the year 1845 when it got admission to the Union. As per the reports, if Texas would have been one independent country, it would be the 40th largest country in the world.
The most populated state in the country with the population of around 39,250,017 as per 2016 census and the third largest state by area which is about 163,696 sq m is the California. The most famous and populous city of the California is Los Angeles which also holds the position of the second most populated city after New York in the United States of America. The major contribution to the country’s economic development is done in California. This can be proved by the fact that if California would have been an independent country, it would be the 6th largest economy in the world.
Situated in the Western region of the United States of America, Montana is the 4th largest state in the country with the area of about 147,040 sq m. With agriculture as the main source of income and economy and the Rocky Mountains and greenery as the main attraction, Montana is also known by several other names like ‘Land of the shining mountains’ and ‘The last best place’.
The state is also well flourished with beautiful island and scenic places. Glacier National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and Yellowstone National Park are the main tourist attraction of Montana. The population is less as compared to other states and thus holds the 44th position among the 50 states of the country.
5. New Mexico
New Mexico is situated in the southwestern part of the United States of America and is the 5th largest state in terms of an area covering around 121,589 sq m land. In the year 1912, the state gets admission to the Union as the 47th state in the country. Being colonised by Spanish people it was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. For a longer period of time, New Mexico was a part of independent Mexico until after the American-Mexican war it was owned by the United States of America. It ranks 36th in the terms of population and 6th least densely populated state in the country.
The 6th largest and the 14th most populous state in the United States of America is the Arizona. Phoenix is its largest city and the capital as well. While the southern part of Arizona is also known for the harsh desert like climatic conditions, the northern part is well flourished with forests of different trees like pine, Douglas fir and Spruce. Arizona has got attention from the visitors of all over the world because of the Grand Canyon and many national parks, national forests and national monuments. It is the 48th state that got admission in the Union of States in the year 1912.
Situated in the western, mountain west and southern west part of the United States of America, Nevada is the 7th largest state in the country holding around 110,572 sq m of the area. It is the 34th most populated state among the 50 states in the country. The state is mostly desert and dry with the semi-arid climatic condition. There are a lot of nicknames for Nevada among which ‘Silver State’ is official because of the importance of silver in its history and economy. It is also commonly called as ‘Battle Born State’, ‘Sage Brush State’ and the ‘Sage Hen State’ due to numerous reasons and story behind them. It also holds the privilege of being the 4th largest producer of gold worldwide.
Covering about 104,094 sq ma of area, Colorado is the 8th largest state in the United States of America and is also known as Centennial state. Denver is the capital city of the state and is also the most populous one. It got its name with the River Colorado that flows in the state. It largely encompasses Southern Rocky Mountains and some portion of the Colorado plateau along with the western edge of Great Plains. It is the 21st most populous state in the country with holding around 5,540,545 people as per 2016 census. Colorado is more famous for its vivid natural landscape that comprises mountains, plateaus, deserts, forests, canyons and what not all at one state.
Also commonly called as Beaver State, Oregon is the 9th largest state in the United States of America covering around 98,381 sq m area. It is situated in the Pacific Northwest part of the country and is the 33rd state that got admission in the Union of States in the year 1845. With a population of about 4 million, Oregon is the 27th most populous state in the country. Salem is the capital city of the country and is the second most populous city after Portland in the state. Agriculture, fishing and hydroelectric power are the main sources of income for the people and the economy of the state.
Holding the 10th rank as the largest state in the country it covers about 97,914 sq m area. The place is mostly mountainous and is situated in the western part of the country. it holds the position as least populous state in the United States of America and second least densely populated one. It got admission to the Union in the year 1890 and before that, it was considered as Wyoming territory with the name being driven from the Wyoming valley in Pennsylvania.
With these ten largest states along with the rest of 40 states, United States of America holds the position as the 4th largest country in the world. With 324 million people the country, it is the third most populous country in the world as well. No wonder with the best economy and great living, people are getting attracted towards the country. With a lot of tourist destinations, a larg number of visitors also visit the USA.