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Quiz: How well do you know the USA’s 50 states?

Think you know all about the USA? Maybe you can name all 50 states in a few minutes? Well, test your United States knowledge to the max with this fun, at-times tough quiz...

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We could ask you to name all 50 states, but many of us will have played that game before. Instead, we thought we’d dig a little deeper to see how much you really know about the USA’s different states.

If nothing else, we think it’ll highlight a few interesting facts, and show you that there are plenty of unexpected areas of the United States to look forward to exploring in the future. Good luck…

1. Only one US state begins with the letter ‘D’. Name that state…

Detroit

Delaware

Denver

Des Moines

2. Each of the 50 states has its own capital. Which state is Helena the capital of?

New Jersey

Missouri

New Mexico

Montana

3. Two regions are split into four states – ‘North’ & ‘South’. Can you name those states?

Hampshire & Virginia

Carolina & Dakota

Carolina & Virginia

Virginia & Dakota

4. Is Alaska technically one of the USA’s 50 states?

Yes

No, but it’s a US territory

Nice try! It’s Canadian

I'm not sure

5. How many states begin with the letter ‘M’?

Five

Six

Eight

Nine

6. Is Hawaii technically one of the USA’s 50 states?

Yes

No, but it’s a US territory

Nice try! It’s just a Caribbean island

I'm not sure

7. How many of the USA’s 50 states are islands?

None

One

Three

Five

8. Which of the 50 states is the biggest – by size?

Alaska

New York

Texas

Ohio

9. Which of the 50 states is the largest – by population?

Florida

Oregon

California

Texas

10. In which US state would you find the Grand Canyon?

Utah

Maine

Arizona

Nevada

11. There are only two everglades in the entire world. One resides in the USA. In which state can you find it?

Oklahoma

Wyoming

Florida

Hawaii

12. How many states border its North American neighbour, Canada?

Five

Nine

13

15

13. Meanwhile, only four US states border Mexico. Do you know which of these states ISN’T on that border?

New Mexico

California

Texas

Mississippi

14. In which US state would you find the famous presidents-carved-into-the-cliffs attraction Mount Rushmore?

South Dakota

Washington

North Dakota

West Virginia

15. Is Puerto Rico one of the USA’s 50 states?

Yes

No, but it is a US territory

No, and it’s NOT a US territory

I’m not sure

16. Each state has its own flag, but one state has gone rogue with a non-rectangular flag. Which state is it?

Ohio

Nebraska

Iowa

Wisconsin

17. Every state has a two-letter abbreviation, for ease of writing. Which state is abbreviated as ‘CO’?

Colorado

Connecticut

California

Nice try! It’s not an abbreviation

18. Which of these states does NOT share its name with a country?

Georgia

New Mexico

New Jersey

Nice try! They're all countries

19. Boston is one of the best-loved cities in the USA. But do you know which state it’s in?

Pennsylvania

Illinois

Massachusetts

Maryland

20. Salt Lake City is the capital of which US state?

Nevada

Utah

Michigan

Colorado

21. 'Meet me in St. Louis' is a classic 1944 film. To fulfil the title, which state would you need to visit?

Missouri

Minnesota

North Dakota

Nice try! St. Louis IS the state

22. Memphis is famed as the heart and soul of blues and rock’n’roll. But wait: which state is it in?

Florida

Tennessee

Louisiana

Ohio

23. In which US state would you find the city of Boise?

Idaho

Iowa

West Virginia

Illinois

24. Is Washington D.C. technically one of the 50 states?

Yes, obviously

No, it’s a city in Washington state

No, it’s in Columbia, a stateless district

No, it’s part of the state of Virginia

25. Finally, which state was home to the FIRST official capital of the USA, once the constitution was ratified?

Pennsylvania

New York

New Hampshire

It was always Washington D.C

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