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The Largest States in the U.S. by Area

Mountain peaks in Alaska--the nation's largest state
Alaska mountain peaks.    MS Cornelius / 123RF Stock Photo

 

While Alaska is the largest state, it is has the lowest population density of all of the states, with 1.3 persons per square mile. The smallest U.S. state, Rhode Island, could fit into Alaska 425 times. Alaska is larger than Texas, California, and Montana combined.

 

Largest States in the U.S.
 
RankStateArea (in square miles)
1Alaska663,267.26
2Texas268,580.82
3California163,695.57
4Montana147,042.40
5New Mexico121,589.48
6Arizona113,998.30
7Nevada110,560.71
8Colorado104,093.57
9Oregon98,380.64
10Wyoming97,813.56

Source: Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

 

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