California has the largest population in the United States, followed by Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. It makes sense that all of the 10 most populated states have a border that meets a body of water, including lakes and oceans. Here’s all 50, sorted by population. Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is home to 667,589 people and is the 26th most populous city in the United States.
Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina with a population of 827,097 inhabitants. This makes it almost exactly equal to the population of South Dakota. Surprisingly, both New York and Illinois are experiencing negative population growth despite the presence of the huge cities of New York City and Chicago. Its population is estimated at around 395,326, making it the 46th largest city in the United States. Although Delaware is small, its population density is well above 87 people per square mile. In this small state, 500 people live every square mile.
Madison, with a community of 248,000, Green Bay with a population of 105,207 and Kenosha with a population of 99,858, are the next largest cities. It is actually the most populous state on the east coast and the fourth largest state in the country. Most of New Jersey’s population lives in counties near New York City, Philadelphia, and the Jersey coast. The population density of 114 people per square mile indicates a higher than average density, which is surprisingly the same in rural and urban areas, even though rural areas across the state suffer higher levels of poverty.
The population density is below average at 58 people per square mile, making Arkansas the 34th most populous state in the country. The largest city in South Carolina is Charleston, with a population of 140,178, followed closely by the capital Columbia, with a population of 135,299. The state covers just 1,545 square miles, which means that the population density is an impressive 1,022 people per square mile. Its population density is the third smallest in the country, with a shocking three people per square mile. In these two cities, population density exceeds 5,000 people per square mile, although the rest of the state is usually below 55 people per square mile.
Indiana’s largest city is its capital, Indianapolis, with over 863,700 inhabitants, making it more populous than North Dakota alone. Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States after New York City.