State Densities by State

Population density is the number of persons per unit of area (typically m2 or km2). State densities also vary depending on a number of factors. Firstly, the geography of a state is important, for example if a state has a flat large land mass with arable land it is more than likely this will be used for farming, therefore it will have a lower population density. Another example is mountainous states, spreading the population, lessening the density. On the other hand, these geographical barriers can force populations into dense cities.

States with a more dense population can have an increased capacity for economic development, but are also more susceptible to increased costs of living as well as environmental pollution. On the other hand, states with a less dense population have easier access to natural resources, but can feel isolated. 

See for yourself how states differ by population density by browsing the data in the charts.

Population Density by State

Alabama - Population Density

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99.51

#28 in the US

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5.1%

#26 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

5,039,877

#24 in the US

Alaska - Population Density

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1.28

#51 in the US

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3.3%

#34 in the US

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732,673

#49 in the US

Arizona - Population Density

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64.02

#33 in the US

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11.9%

#10 in the US

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7,276,316

#14 in the US

Arkansas - Population Density

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58.19

#35 in the US

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3.3%

#35 in the US

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3,025,891

#34 in the US

California - Population Density

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251.75

#12 in the US

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6.1%

#25 in the US

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39,237,836

#1 in the US

Colorado - Population Density

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56.08

#38 in the US

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14.8%

#6 in the US

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5,812,069

#21 in the US

Connecticut - Population Density

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744.56

#5 in the US

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0.9%

#48 in the US

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3,605,597

#29 in the US

Delaware - Population Density

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514.94

#7 in the US

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10.2%

#11 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

1,003,384

#46 in the US

District of Columbia - Population Density

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10,961.85

#1 in the US

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14.6%

#7 in the US

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670,050

#50 in the US

Florida - Population Density

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405.98

#9 in the US

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14.6%

#8 in the US

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21,781,128

#3 in the US

Georgia - Population Density

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187.11

#18 in the US

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10.6%

#12 in the US

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10,799,566

#8 in the US

Hawaii - Population Density

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224.46

#14 in the US

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7%

#19 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

1,441,553

#41 in the US

Idaho - Population Density

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23

#45 in the US

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17.3%

#2 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

1,900,923

#39 in the US

Illinois - Population Density

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228.26

#13 in the US

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-0.1%

#49 in the US

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12,671,469

#6 in the US

Indiana - Population Density

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189.97

#17 in the US

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4.7%

#29 in the US

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6,805,985

#17 in the US

Iowa - Population Density

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57.17

#37 in the US

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4.7%

#30 in the US

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3,193,079

#32 in the US

Kansas - Population Density

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35.89

#42 in the US

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3%

#36 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

2,934,582

#36 in the US

Kentucky - Population Density

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114.19

#24 in the US

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3.8%

#37 in the US

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4,509,394

#26 in the US

Louisiana - Population Density

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107.01

#27 in the US

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2.7%

#39 in the US

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4,624,047

#25 in the US

Maine - Population Density

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44.49

#39 in the US

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2.6%

#40 in the US

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1,372,247

#43 in the US

Maryland - Population Density

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634.85

#6 in the US

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7%

#20 in the US

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6,165,129

#19 in the US

Massachusetts - Population Density

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895.37

#4 in the US

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7.4%

#21 in the US

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6,984,723

#15 in the US

Michigan - Population Density

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177.55

#19 in the US

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2%

#41 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

10,050,811

#10 in the US

Minnesota - Population Density

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71.68

#31 in the US

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7.6%

#22 in the US

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5,707,390

#22 in the US

Mississippi - Population Density

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62.87

#34 in the US

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-0.2%

#50 in the US

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2,949,965

#35 in the US

Missouri - Population Density

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89.72

#29 in the US

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2.8%

#42 in the US

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6,168,187

#18 in the US

Montana - Population Density

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7.59

#49 in the US

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9.6%

#15 in the US

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1,104,271

#44 in the US

Nebraska - Population Density

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25.56

#44 in the US

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7.4%

#23 in the US

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1,963,692

#38 in the US

Nevada - Population Density

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28.62

#43 in the US

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15%

#3 in the US

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3,143,991

#33 in the US

New Hampshire - Population Density

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155.13

#22 in the US

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4.6%

#31 in the US

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1,388,992

#42 in the US

New Jersey - Population Density

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1,260.03

#2 in the US

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5.7%

#27 in the US

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9,267,130

#11 in the US

New Mexico - Population Density

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17.44

#46 in the US

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2.8%

#43 in the US

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2,115,877

#37 in the US

New York - Population Density

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420.94

#8 in the US

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4.2%

#32 in the US

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19,835,913

#4 in the US

North Carolina - Population Density

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217

#16 in the US

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9.5%

#16 in the US

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10,551,162

#9 in the US

North Dakota - Population Density

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11.23

#47 in the US

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15.8%

#4 in the US

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774,948

#48 in the US

Ohio - Population Density

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288.31

#11 in the US

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2.3%

#44 in the US

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11,780,017

#7 in the US

Oklahoma - Population Density

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58.12

#36 in the US

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5.5%

#28 in the US

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3,986,639

#28 in the US

Oregon - Population Density

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44.23

#40 in the US

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10.6%

#13 in the US

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4,246,155

#27 in the US

Pennsylvania - Population Density

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289.75

#10 in the US

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2.4%

#45 in the US

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12,964,056

#5 in the US

Rhode Island - Population Density

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1,059.7

#3 in the US

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4.3%

#33 in the US

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1,095,610

#45 in the US

South Carolina - Population Density

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172.65

#20 in the US

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10.7%

#14 in the US

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5,190,705

#23 in the US

South Dakota - Population Density

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11.81

#48 in the US

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8.9%

#17 in the US

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895,376

#47 in the US

Tennessee - Population Density

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169.17

#21 in the US

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8.9%

#18 in the US

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6,975,218

#16 in the US

Texas - Population Density

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113.02

#25 in the US

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15.9%

#5 in the US

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29,527,941

#2 in the US

Utah - Population Density

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40.52

#41 in the US

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18.4%

#1 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

3,337,975

#30 in the US

Vermont - Population Density

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70.04

#32 in the US

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2.8%

#46 in the US

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645,570

#51 in the US

Virginia - Population Density

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218.89

#15 in the US

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7.9%

#24 in the US

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8,642,274

#12 in the US

Washington - Population Density

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116.45

#23 in the US

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14.6%

#9 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

7,738,692

#13 in the US

West Virginia - Population Density

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74.16

#30 in the US

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-3.2%

#51 in the US

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1,782,959

#40 in the US

Wisconsin - Population Density

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108.85

#26 in the US

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3.6%

#38 in the US

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5,895,908

#20 in the US

Wyoming - Population Density

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5.96

#50 in the US

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2.3%

#47 in the US

TOTAL POPULATIONhelp

578,803

#52 in the US