U.S. States

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The state is the primary political subdivision of the United States. Note that this is somewhat confusing, in that the word state also refers to sovereign politicial entities, such as the United States (see state).

(Other countries with states in this sense include Australia, India, Malaysia and Nigeria.)

Some potentially confusing facts concerning U.S. states include:

  • "Georgia" is the name of both a U.S. state and an independent nation in Caucasia
  • New York is both a state, a county in that state, and a city in that county
  • Washington is both a state, and a city in the District of Columbia

The states are:

In addition to its states, the United States also has areas of territory directly under federal control:

Historical Listing

Below is a listing of U.S. States in order of admission to the Union:

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