There are 50 states in the United States as of 2015. Washington, D.C., the national capital, is not considered a state, but is a federal district. Besides the federal district, the United States also has dependencies and territories.Know More
The United States' territories include Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
Forty-eight of America's 50 states are contiguous. The only states that are not are the newest states. Hawaii, which became the last state to join the union on August 21, 1959, is in Polynesia, and Alaska, which joined the union on January 3, 1959, is separated from the lower 48 states by western Canada.Learn more about United States
According to a study of the United States census completed for Walk Score in 2009, approximately 20,000 cities or metropolitan areas are located in the United States. In 2012, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago were the three largest cities in the country.Full Answer >
In the United States, Tennessee and Missouri border the most number of states, each sharing land boundaries with eight other states. Tennessee's neighboring states include Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas. Missouri, meanwhile, is adjacent to Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas and Kentucky.Full Answer >
The first states to be included as sovereign entities under the formation of the United States after the Revolutionary war were the original 13 British colonies founded in the early 17th century. After the war, colonies became incorporated into the new union, beginning with Delaware on Dec. 7, 1787.Full Answer >
As of 2014, there are 50 states in the United States. The idea there are 52 states comes from the mistaken belief that the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are states. Puerto Rico has held nonbinding referendum votes four times since 1967.Full Answer >