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List of U.S. states by date of statehood

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Below is a list of all 50 U.S. states in the order they joined the Union.

The first 13 became states in July 1776 when they agreed to the United States Declaration of Independence. Each of those 13 agreed to the first U.S. constitution, called the Articles of Confederation, which formed the first Union of states between 1777 and 1781.[1] These states are presented in the order each ratified the 1787 Constitution, thus joining the present federal Union of states. The date of admission listed for other states is the official date made by Act of Congress.

List of U.S. statesEdit

State Order Date joined What it was before becoming a state
  Delaware 1 01787-12-07 December 07 1787[2] Crown Colony of Delaware
  Pennsylvania 2 01787-12-12 December 12 1787[3] Crown Colony of Pennsylvania
  New Jersey 3 01787-12-18 December 18 1787[4] Crown Colony of New Jersey
  Georgia 4 01788-01-02 January 02 1788[2] Crown Colony of Georgia
  Connecticut 5 January 05, 1788 Crown Colony of Connecticut
  Massachusetts 6 01788-02-06 February 06 1788[2] Crown Colony of Massachusetts Bay
  Maryland 7 01788-04-28 April 28 1788[2] Crown Colony of Maryland
  South Carolina 8 01788-05-23 May 23 1788[2] Crown Colony of South Carolina
  New Hampshire 9 01788-06-21 June 21 1788[2] Crown Colony of New Hampshire
  Virginia 10 01788-06-25 June 25 1788[2] Crown Colony of Virginia
  New York 11 01788-07-26 July 26 1788[5] Crown Colony of New York
  North Carolina 12 01789-11-21 November 21 1789[6] Crown Colony of North Carolina
  Rhode Island 13 01790-05-29 May 29 1790[2] Crown Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
  Vermont 14 01791-03-04 March 04 1791[7] Vermont Republic (also known as the New Hampshire Grants)
  Kentucky 15 01792-06-01 June 01 1792[8] Virginia (District of Kentucky: Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties)
  Tennessee 16 01796-06-01 June 01 1796[9] Southwest Territory
  Ohio 17 01803-03-01 March 01 1803[10] Northwest Territory (part)
  Louisiana 18 01812-04-30 April 30 1812[11] Territory of Orleans
  Indiana 19 01816-12-11 December 11 1816 Indiana Territory
  Mississippi 20 01817-12-10 December 10 1817[12] Mississippi Territory
  Illinois 21 01818-12-03 December 03 1818[13] Illinois Territory (part)
  Alabama 22 01819-12-14 December 14 1819[14] Alabama Territory
  Maine 23 01820-03-15 March 15 1820[15] Massachusetts (District of Maine)
  Missouri 24 01821-08-10 August 10 1821[16] Missouri Territory (part)
  Arkansas 25 01836-06-15 June 15 1836[17] Arkansas Territory
  Michigan 26 01837-01-26 January 26 1837[18] Michigan Territory
  Florida 27 01845-03-03 March 03 1845 Florida Territory
  Texas 28 01845-12-29 December 29 1845 Republic of Texas
  Iowa 29 01846-12-28 December 28 1846 Iowa Territory (part)
  Wisconsin 30 01848-05-29 May 29 1848[19] Wisconsin Territory (part)
  California 31 01850-09-09 September 09 1850[20] unorganized territory (part)
  Minnesota 32 01858-05-11 May 11 1858[21] Minnesota Territory (part)
  Oregon 33 01859-02-14 February 14 1859 Oregon Territory (part)
  Kansas 34 01861-01-29 January 29 1861[22] Kansas Territory (part)
  West Virginia 35 01863-06-20 June 20 1863[23] Virginia (Trans-Allegheny region counties)
  Nevada 36 01864-10-31 October 31 1864 Nevada Territory
  Nebraska 37 01867-03-01 March 01 1867 Nebraska Territory
  Colorado 38 01876-08-01 August 01 1876[24] Colorado Territory
  North Dakota 39 Dakota Territory (part)
  South Dakota 40 Dakota Territory (part)
  Montana 41 01889-11-08 November 08 1889[25] Montana Territory
  Washington 42 01889-11-11 November 11 1889[26] Washington Territory
  Idaho 43 01890-07-03 July 03 1890 Idaho Territory
  Wyoming 44 01890-07-10 July 10 1890 Wyoming Territory
  Utah 45 01896-01-04 January 04 1896[27] Utah Territory
  Oklahoma 46 01907-11-16 November 16 1907[28] Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory
  New Mexico 47 01912-01-06 January 06 1912 New Mexico Territory
  Arizona 48 01912-02-14 February 14 1912 Arizona Territory
  Alaska 49 01959-01-03 January 03 1959 Territory of Alaska
  Hawaii 50 01959-08-21 August 21 1959 Territory of Hawaii

ReferencesEdit

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