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States that Beat Alaska

For each selected category, name any of the U.S. states that ranks higher than Alaska.
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Last updated: October 8, 2023
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First submittedSeptember 30, 2019
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Rank
Hint
Answer
2
Latest date of statehood
Hawaii
3
Smallest population
Wyoming | Vermont
6
Highest % population growth 1960–2021
Nevada | Arizona | Florida | Utah | Colorado
4
Most oil production
Texas | New Mexico | North Dakota
2
Highest percentage of population
in largest city
New York
2
Lowest all-time high temperature
Hawaii
2
Most mountains above 14,000 feet
of elevation
Colorado
2
Most gold production
Nevada
3
Fewest cows
Rhode Island | Delaware
2
Most national parks
California
3
Youngest average age of residents
Utah | Texas
5
Least populous capital city
Vermont | South Dakota | Maine | Kentucky
3
Highest CO2 emissions per capita
Wyoming | North Dakota
2
% of land owned by the federal government
Nevada
11
Lowest weekly church attendance
(Pew forum, 2014)
Vermont | Maine | New Hampshire |
Massachusetts | Wisconsin | Hawaii | Connecticut |
Oregon | New York | Colorado
2
Westernmost state capital
Hawaii
5
Lowest percent of residents born in state
Nevada | Florida | Arizona | New Hampshire
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Level 75
Oct 4, 2019
The homicide rate one has Alaska as one of the five above it...
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Level 84
Oct 4, 2019
Yep, looks like should be Nevada/Alabama instead of Arkansas/Alaska. Looks like 2018 numbers are listed in Wikipedia now too.
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Level ∞
Oct 4, 2019
Fixed, and incorporated the newest data.
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Level ∞
Oct 8, 2023
And now Alaska ranks #27 for murder rate. It looks like they dodged the murder wave which has happened in most other states.
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2019
Lowest all-time high temperature is Hawaii? I thought Hawaii had one of the highest all-time high temperatures
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2019
Well that's a surprise - according to WP Hawaii's highest recorded temperature is only 98F

Edit: and it also has the highest all-time low temperature (only including states)

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Level 84
Nov 4, 2019
I am completely flabbergasted. It makes me realize how much I hate humidity.
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2019
Polynesian islands tend to have very stable temperatures that don't vary one way or the other far from the mean. I wouldn't be surprised if it also has the highest all-time low temperature.
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Level 79
Dec 1, 2019
No, boy, Hawaii has a tropical climate, so its annual temperature range is considerably lower compared to the other states with more temperature climates.
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Level 75
Dec 5, 2019
That clue totally befuddled my old brain.
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Level 68
Dec 1, 2019
Great quiz but could do with another 30 seconds or so I would say, felt very rushed and had to skip a few to make sure I got to the end.
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Level 73
Dec 1, 2019
Could be why the average score is so low. I had to skip some because there wasn't time to think, type, and hope I got the correct answer.
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Level ∞
Oct 8, 2023
Added more time!
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Level 61
Dec 1, 2019
Interesting and witty quiz marred by too little time allowed.
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Level 70
Apr 26, 2021
It's pretty interesting that Hawaii's highest all time temperature is lower than Alaska
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Level 70
Oct 8, 2023
It just goes to show how much continental climates can vary!
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Level 72
Oct 12, 2023
The tropics are indeed warm all year round, but it's a stable heat. Doesn't get too hot, but certainly doesn't get too cold either. Plus the ocean regulates temperature, since they're islands in the middle of the pacific. Outside of the tropics, it's generally cooler on average but there's a lot more variance.
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Level 68
Oct 1, 2023
Can I make one of these for Pennsylvania?
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Level 79
Oct 8, 2023
Why do ND and WY (and AK) have such high carbon dioxide emissions compared to their populations?

Also shame on the Golden State for not living up to its name, c'mon Cali.

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Level ∞
Oct 8, 2023
Cold climates, low population density (so longer car trips), resource intensive industries.
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Level 89
Oct 9, 2023
State nicknamed the Silver state is the largest producer of gold.
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Level 76
Oct 9, 2023
For "Highest percentage of population in largest city" surely Las Vegas would be higher in Nevada?
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Level ∞
Oct 9, 2023
No
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Level 79
Oct 10, 2023
Not even in the top five...

https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/asrqw9/percentage_of_each_states_population_living_in/

https://vividmaps.com/population-living-in-us-cities/

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Level 88
Oct 10, 2023
Las Vegas has some really big suburbs like Henderson and North Las Vegas, not to mention the "Biggest Little City in the World" up in northern Nevada! ;)
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2023
Hawaii, interesting
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Level 43
Nov 10, 2023
This was such a neat concept to test your general knowledge of the country. For someone who thinks above average, I only missed 4, and can name them.

I thought Utah had highest percentage of population in its city, I guessed a ton of barren states, never would have guessed New York.

Least populous city I cracked a ton, but missed. I misunderstood the lowest all-time high, thought meant a state with a colder recorded temp, so tried all the northern states. I also have no clue what it means C02, thought meant more polluted. In hindsight if spent more time thinking I'd realize and only missed the New York question.