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Introduction to the U.S.
 

The United States consists of 50 states and Washington, D.C. The last two States to join the Union were Alaska (49th) and Hawaii (50th). Both joined in 1959.

Washington, D.C. is a federal district under the authority of the U.S. Congress. Washington, D.C. is represented in Congress by an elected, non-voting Delegate to the House of Representatives. Residents have been able to vote in presidential elections since 1961.

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth associated with the United States. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Puerto Ricans do not vote in U.S. Presidential elections, but they do elect a non-voting commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Virgin Islands - St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior. Indigenous inhabitants are U.S. citizens, but do not vote in U.S. Presidential elections.

Northern Mariana Islands is a commonwealth in political union with the United States. Self-governing with locally elected governor and legislature.

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Administratered by the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior. Inhabitants are U.S. citizens, but do not vote in U.S. Presidential elections.

Other Dependent Areas of the United States: Baker Island - Howland Island - Jarvis Island - Johnston Atoll - Kingman Reef - Midway Islands - Navassa Island - Palmyra Atoll - Wake Island

Capital: Washington, D.C.

States:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachussetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippis
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

U.S. Territories:

  1. American Samoa
  2. Guam
  3. Northern Mariana Islands
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. U.S. Virgin Islands