U.S.: Number of Residents, by state

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

California leads with the highest population

California stands out with a population of 39.03 million, significantly surpassing the next closest state, Texas, which has a population of 30.03 million. This makes California the most populous state in the U.S.

Top five states hold significant population share

The combined population of the top five states (California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania) reaches approximately 123.95 million, accounting for nearly 36% of the total U.S. population based on the data provided.

Smallest populations found in the North and the District

The states with the smallest populations include Wyoming (0.58 million), Vermont (0.65 million), and the District of Columbia (0.67 million), showcasing the diversity in population sizes across the U.S.

Significant population drop-off after top states

There is a noticeable drop-off in population after the top three states, with Florida having 22.24 million residents, nearly 7.79 million fewer than Texas. This indicates a steep decline in population numbers as one moves down the list of states by size.

Eastern Seaboard states show dense populations

States like New York (19.68 million), Pennsylvania (12.97 million), and New Jersey (9.26 million) highlight the dense population clusters along the Eastern Seaboard, contrasting with more sparsely populated states in other regions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which state has the highest population in the U.S?

California leads as the most-populous state with 39.03 million residents.

What proportion of the total U.S. population is held by the top five most-populous states?

Nearly 36% of the entire U.S. population is held within the top five states.

Which states have the smallest populations in the U.S?

The states with the smallest populations include Wyoming (0.58 million), Vermont (0.65 million), and the District of Columbia (0.67 million).

Terms and Definitions

Population refers to the total number of people inhabiting a particular area or place. In the context of United States, population refers to the total number of people living within the different states of the country.

A state is defined as a political entity within a country, with its own government, constitution, and jurisdiction. The United States is composed of 50 states. Each state has its own governor and legislature.

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is commonly represented as people per square mile (or square kilometer). It provides insight into how crowded or sparse a certain area may be.

A metropolitan area typically comprises a core city as well as surrounding towns and cities that have a high degree of social and economic integration with the core. These areas typically have a higher population density than rural areas.

Rural areas are geographical areas that are located outside towns and cities. Typically, these areas have a lower population density and smaller settlements. Rural areas are characterized by farming, agriculture, and open spaces.

Urban areas refer to regions characterized by high population density and vast human features in comparison to areas surrounding it. They are developed and have more infrastructure compared to rural areas. These areas include cities and towns.
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