Can You Name These U.S. States From an Outline in 7 Minutes?

By: Teresa McGlothlin
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Can You Name These U.S. States From an Outline in 7 Minutes?
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About This Quiz

Do you know all of your U.S. states? Could you recognize and name them from an outline of their shapes? During this quiz, you will get the chance to prove your geography whiz status. If you can name all 40 of the states we present, you deserve a gold star! 

With 50 states, the United States offers nearly every landscape you could imagine. From rolling plains to deserts to rugged, mountainous regions, each U.S. state has a different set of characteristics. However, all we are asking you to do is to identify the state from the outline we give you. We promise not to venture into any specific territories that might distract you. 

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a map to assist you, we think you'll stand a better shot at impressing yourself by using only your memory and your internal knowledge of U.S. geography. Never fear! If you get stuck, we have provided you with a hint that you can use anytime you feel like you need it. 

How many states do you think you can identify? Set a goal for yourself, and start the quiz. We're quite confident that you will do better than you might think! Are you ready?

Idaho Which state do you think this might be?
Idaho
With a population of only 1.7 million, Idaho offers a lot for wilderness lovers. Set in the Rocky Mountains, Idaho entered statehood in 1890.
West Virginia
South Dakota
California

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Massachusetts Which state do you see in this photo?
Massachusetts
Massachusetts was one of the founding states, entering the union in 1788. Steeped in history, the state has a population of over six million. Visitors to Massachusetts can follow the path of Paul Revere's ride.
Nevada
Michigan
Ohio

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Nevada What is this state called?
Nevada
Most famous for being a casino capital of the world, Nevada is home to cities like Reno and Las Vegas. It became a state on Halloween of 1864.
Texas
Georgia
Oregon

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Alaska What is the state that has this outline?
Hawaii
Rhode Island
Iowa
Alaska
As the 49th state in the union, Alaska offers the most unique landscape of all the U.S. states. With mountainous glaciers and unexplored wilderness, it is a favorite of survivalists.

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Michigan Can you name this state?
Michigan
Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes and it borders four of the seven Great Lakes. It is known for its auto manufacturing and musical wonders like Motown.
Louisiana
Missouri
Arizona

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Tennessee What is the name of this Southeastern state?
Tennessee
Home to the world famous music city of Nashville, Tennessee entered the U.S. union in 1796. You can even find Elvis Presley's home if you venture down to Memphis.
Vermont
Colorado
Utah

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Arizona
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What is the name of this southwestern state?
Arizona
Arizona entered statehood in 1912. With a population of over seven million, Arizona is nicknamed the Grand Canyon State.
Texas
Nevada
California

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Texas Which state do you see here?
New York
Kentucky
Missouri
Texas
In 1845, Texas became the 28th state to enter the union. Often called the Lone Star State, Texas is the biggest state in the continental U.S.

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South Carolina Which state has this outline?
South Carolina
South Carolina is home to one of the East Coast's most beloved beaches - Myrtle Beach. It has been a member of the union since 1788.
Oregon
Nevada
Florida

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California What is the name of this West Coast state?
California
On September 9, 1850, California officially became a U.S. state. One side completely borders the Pacific ocean, and the other borders majestic mountains and stunning deserts.
Texas
Oklahoma
Oregon

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Louisiana What is this state named?
Louisiana
Since 1812, Louisiana has been a U.S. state. Along with shorelines and bayous, Louisiana is home to the popular tourist destination of New Orleans.
Florida
New York
Ohio

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Florida What is the name of this state?
Illinois
Maine
California
Florida
Florida is more than just a state that entered into the union, it is actually a peninsula. It is surrounded by water on three sides and attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Oklahoma Which state's outline do you see here?
Indiana
Oklahoma
Nicknamed the Sooner State, Oklahoma entered statehood in 1907. As of 2017, it had a population of nearly four million Sooners.
Montana
Utah

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Alabama Which U.S. state do you see here?
Alabama
The southern state of Alabama was inducted into the union in 1819. During the '60s, Alabama served as the headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kansas
Ohio
Oklahoma

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New York What is the name of this state?
New Hampshire
New York
New York has been a member of the union since 1788. From New York City to Niagara Falls, New York has a lot of interesting destinations to offer.
Massachusetts
California

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Pennsylvania What is this state's name?
Ohio
Pennsylvania
With a population of over 12 million, Pennsylvania boasts cities like Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Historical sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell make it a national treasure.
New York
Maine

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North Carolina
West Virginia
In 1863, West Virginia became an official U.S. state. West Virginia is the only state that sits completely in the Appalachian Mountains.
Washington
Alabama

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Maine Which northern state do you see?
Michigan
Oregon
Vermont
Maine
Situated along the Atlantic coastline, Maine's rugged cliffs are nothing short of stunning. Maine entered the union of states in 1820.

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Rhode Island What is this tiny state named?
Rhode Island
Nicknamed Little Rhody, Rhode Island measures about 1,214 square miles. It was adopted into statehood in 1790.
Maine
Iowa
West Virginia

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Nebraska What plains state do you see here?
Idaho
Nevada
Illinois
Nebraska
Situated in the Great Plains, Nebraska entered statehood in 1867. The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln.

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Mississippi Which southeastern state is this?
Georgia
Florida
Mississippi
In January 1935, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. In 1817, Mississippi was the 20th state added to the union.
Arkansas

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Wyoming
A true plains state, Wyoming entered statehood in 1890. Popular landmarks like Old Faithful make it a great family-oriented vacation destination.
Louisiana
Florida
Utah

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Maryland What is the name of this Atlantic state?
Maine
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Maryland
The state of Maryland made it official and joined the union in 1788. It's home to cities like Baltimore and Annapolis. Maryland's coastal location makes it famous for its crabs.

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Virginia Which state do you see here?
California
West Virginia
Virginia
Not to be confused with West Virginia, Virginia entered statehood in 1788. From the Appalachian mountains to the Atlantic coastline, Virginia certainly is for lovers.
Georgia

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Vermont
Ohio
Ohio entered statehood in 1803. It borders Lake Erie, and it's home to three famous C cities - Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Maine
Washington

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Washington What is the name of this corner state?
Oregon
Maine
Florida
Washington
Folks have been able to grab a great cup of coffee in Washington since it entered statehood in 1889. Also called the Evergreen State, Washington is home to over seven million residents.

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Missouri Which state is pictured?
Florida
Vermont
Missouri
In August on 1821, Missouri entered the union. Missouri sits as the Gateway to the West and features stunning plains, as well as the Ozark Mountains.
Colorado

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North Carolina What is this state's name?
South Carolina
North Carolina
From Atlantic coastlines to towering mountains, the North Carolina landscape has a lot to offer. North Carolina entered the union in 1789, and it's home to the Queen City of Charlotte.
Utah
New Hampshire

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South Dakota Which state is outlined in this picture?
South Dakota
South Dakota is home to the American landmark of Mt. Rushmore. Sitting in the middle of the Great Plains, the state is full of rich native American history. It entered statehood in 1889.
Oregon
Missouri
Colorado

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Arkansas Which state is outlined here?
Kansas
Arkansas
Arkansas officially became a state in 1836. Although Arkansas sits in the South, the state bird is the northern mockingbird.
Louisiana
New Hampshire

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Montana What is this state's name?
Oregon
South Dakota
Michigan
Montana
Montana is considered to be part of the Great Plains because of its location. However, it also highlights majestic mountain peaks and wide open landscapes that keep visitors coming back for more.

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Colorado Which state is pictured here?
Wyoming
Nevada
Colorado
Nicknamed the Centennial State, Colorado entered statehood in 1876. The state's capital of Denver sits one mile above sea level.
Maryland

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Iowa What is this state's name?
Iowa
With the capital city of Des Moines, Iowa has a population of 3.14 million. Iowa entered the union in 1846 as the 29th state.
Utah
Colorado
Montana

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Kentucky What is the name of this state?
West Virginia
Ohio
Virginia
Kentucky
Nicknamed the Bluegrass State, Kentucky sits on the border of Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana. Kentucky entered statehood in 1792 and is famous for being the home of the Kentucky Derby.

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New Hampshire
New Mexico
Connecticut
A true jewel of New England, Connecticut entered the union in 1788. The capital of Connecticut is Hartford, the state's fourth-largest city.
New York

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Georgia What is the name of this southern state?
Georgia
In 1788, Georgia was the fourth state to enter the union. From stunning coastlines to fertile farm country, Georgia offers any lifestyle a new southerner might be seeking.
Florida
Alabama
Mississippi

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Indiana What is this Midwestern state's name?
Iowa
Illinois
Indiana
Also called the Hoosier State, Indiana has been a state since 1816. Although it is known for its car racing, the state flower is the unsuspecting peony.
Kansas

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North Dakota Which plains state is this?
Iowa
Indiana
Idaho
North Dakota
On November 2, 1889, North Dakota was given official statehood. The name "Dakota" comes from a division of the Sioux. The state's capital is Bismarck.

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Hawaii Which state's outline is seen here?
Alaska
Lousiana
Hawaii
In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state to join the union. With beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, Hawaii's volcanic landscape is a worldwide tourist destination.
Virginia

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Oregon What is the name of this northwestern state?
Washington
Oregon
In 1859, Oregon entered the U.S. as the 33rd state. Nicknamed the Beaver State, Oregon is home to over four million people.
California
Oklahoma

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