List of U.S. states by population density

Shaded map of states demonstrating population density (2013)
Map of states scaled proportional to population density (2015)
New Jersey is the most densely-populated state
Being home to the most populous city in the country, New York ranks 7th in overall density
Washington is ranked 24th in density, but is still above the national median
Despite a fairly average population density, Vermont has one of the smallest populations due to its small overall area
Idaho's overall population has increased rapidly in recent decades, but its population density relative to other states is low
About half of the population of Alaska lives in the Anchorage metropolitan area
Puerto Rico ranks as the third most densely-populated area in the U.S.

This article includes a sortable table listing the 50 United States by population density, population rank, and land area.

It also includes a sortable table of Density by states, divisions, regions and territories by population rank and land area, and a sortable table for Density by states, divisions, regions and territories in square miles and square kilometers.

Population density is calculated as resident population divided by total land area. Resident population is from the United States Census Bureau estimates for July 1, 2015, for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and from the 2010 Census for the other four United States territories (which is the latest data available as of March 5, 2016.) [1] Total land area is from the 2010 Census. [2]

The population density of the United States is relatively low compared to many other developed countries due to its size. For example, the population density of the U.S. is one-twelfth that of the Netherlands and one-fifteenth that of South Korea. [3]

2015 Density by states by population rank and land area

2015 Density by states by population rank and land area
State Pop. dens.

Rank

Density

(Pop.
/ mi2)

Density

(Pop.
/ km2)

Pop.

Rank

2015
population
Land

Rank

Land
area
(mi2)
Land
area
(km2)
  New Jersey 1 1,218 470 11 8,958,013 46 7,354 19,046.8
  Rhode Island 2 1,021 394 43 1,056,298 50 1,034 2,678.0
  Massachusetts 3 871 336 15 6,794,422 45 7,800 20,201.9
  Connecticut 4 741 286 29 3,590,886 48 4,842 12,540.7
  Maryland 5 618 238 19 6,006,401 42 9,707 25,141.0
  Delaware 6 485 187 45 945,934 49 1,949 5,047.9
  New York 7 420 162 4 19,795,791 30 47,126 122,055.8
  Florida 8 378 145 3 20,271,272 26 53,625 138,888.1
  Pennsylvania 9 286 110 6 12,802,503 32 44,743 115,883.8
  Ohio 10 284 109 7 11,613,423 35 40,861 105,829.5
  California 11 251 97 1 39,144,818 3 163,696 423,970.7
  Illinois 12 231 89 5 12,859,995 24 55,519 143,793.5
  Hawaii 13 222 86 40 1,431,603 47 6,423 16,635.5
  Virginia 14 212 81 12 8,382,993 36 39,490.09 102,278.9
  North Carolina 15 206 79 9 10,042,802 29 48,617.91 125,919.8
  Indiana 16 184 71 16 6,619,680 38 35,826 92,788.9
  Georgia 17 177 68 8 10,214,860 21 57,513 148,958.0
  Michigan 18 175 67 10 9,922,576 22 56,539 146,435.3
  South Carolina 19 162 62 23 4,896,146 40 30,061 77,857.6
  Tennessee 20 160 61 17 6,600,299 34 41,235 106,798.2
  New Hampshire 21 148 57 41 1,330,608 44 8,953 23,188.2
  Kentucky 22 112 43 26 4,425,092 37 39,486 102,268.3
  Louisiana 23 108 41 25 4,670,724 33 43,204 111,897.8
  Washington 24 107 41 13 7,170,351 20 66,456 172,120.2
  Wisconsin 25 106 41 20 5,771,337 25 54,158 140,268.6
  Texas 26 105 40 2 27,469,114 2 261,232 676,587.8
  Alabama 27 95 37 24 4,858,979 28 50,645 131,169.9
  Missouri 28 88 34 18 6,083,672 18 68,742 178,041.0
  West Virginia 29 76 29 38 1,844,128 41 24,038 62,258.1
  Minnesota 30 68 26 21 5,489,594 14 79,627 206,233.0
  Vermont 31 67 26 49 626,042 43 9,217 23,871.9
  Mississippi 32 63 24 32 2,992,333 31 46,923 121,530.0
  Arizona 33 60 23 14 6,828,065 6 113,594 294,207.1
  Arkansas 34 57 22 33 2,978,204 27 52,035 134,770.0
  Oklahoma 35 57 22 28 3,911,338 19 68,595 177,660.2
  Iowa 36 55 21 30 3,123,899 23 55,857 144,669.0
  Colorado 37 52 20 22 5,456,574 8 103,642 268,431.5
  Maine 38 43 16 42 1,329,328 39 30,843 79,883.0
  Oregon 39 41 16 27 4,028,977 10 95,988 248,607.8
  Utah 40 36 14 31 2,995,919 12 82,170 212,819.3
  Kansas 41 36 14 34 2,911,641 13 81,759 211,754.8
  Nevada 42 26 10 35 2,890,845 7 109,781 284,331.5
  Nebraska 43 24 9 37 1,896,190 15 76,824 198,973.2
  Idaho 44 20 7 39 1,654,930 11 82,643 214,044.4
  New Mexico 45 17 6 36 2,085,109 5 121,298 314,160.4
  South Dakota 46 11 4 46 858,469 16 75,811 196,349.6
   North Dakota 47 10 4 47 756,927 17 69,001 178,711.8
  Montana 48 7 2 44 1,032,949 4 145,546 376,962.4
  Wyoming 49 6 2 50 586,107 9 97,093 251,469.7
  Alaska 50 1 0 48 738,432 1 570,641 1,477,953.4
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