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The Only Two U.S. States

Each clue applies to two, and only two, U.S. states. Try to guess either one of the matching states.
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
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Last updated: September 23, 2023
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First submittedJune 18, 2021
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One of two states that ...
States
doesn't border any other states
Alaska | Hawaii
appears nearly rectangular on maps
Colorado | Wyoming
has an X in its name
New Mexico | Texas
is home to native saguaro cacti
Arizona | California
borders exactly two Great Lakes
New York | Wisconsin
borders both North Dakota and South Dakota
Minnesota | Montana
contains part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
North Carolina | Tennessee
ends in a silent S
Arkansas | Illinois
has a capital with a higher elevation than Denver
New Mexico | Wyoming
has a capital starting with O
Oklahoma | Washington
borders 8 other states
Missouri | Tennessee
is home to native Venus flytraps
North Carolina | South Carolina
has a name which contains the entirety of another state's name
Arkansas | West Virginia
has a capital founded earlier than Boston
New Mexico | New York
had more people than New York in the year 1800
Pennsylvania | Virginia
can split its electoral votes between multiple Presidential candidates
Maine | Nebraska
is a first name used by more than 50,000 people in the United States
Georgia | Virginia
is home to multiple trillion dollar companies
California | Washington
Elvis lived in
Mississippi | Tennessee
> 35% of the population lives in the largest city
Alaska | New York
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Level 82
Jun 21, 2021
Surprised so many people got the gas pumping ban. That seems like a pretty obscure piece of information unless you live there. Unless others are just doing what I did and guessing it once the others are done.
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Level 84
Jun 21, 2021
No need to live there. All you need to do is pass through one of those states and need gas. It's quite an unpleasant surprise to be told that you can't do it yourself. It's not like the nice service station experience of old.
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Level 67
Jun 25, 2021
To be honest. All I did was think "where would I never want to live, ever?" and I typed in Oregon. Only a coincidence that it was the correct answer.
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Level 56
Sep 29, 2023
Eytan has clearly never been to Oregon
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Level 71
Jul 20, 2021
I find that kinda funny cuz I think most people I know would like living in Oregon but would hate living in New Jersey. The only reason I personally wouldn't want to move to Oregon is because of the forest fires and extreme heat. Otherwise, I've heard it's rather beautiful out there. Jersey on the other hand is an entirely different story...
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Level 67
Jul 20, 2021
There are some very beautiful parts of New Jersey, but the most famous parts are in the shadows of New York and Philadelphia, so they're overcrowded. But the middle of the state is quite beautiful.
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Level 71
Jul 20, 2021
Yeah that's true. To a certain extent, I just like making fun of New Jersey :) but I will grant there are a few nice parts. Still, there are many other places in the US I'd much rather live.
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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2023
Dang. Oregon lets people pump their own gas now. Replaced that question with a gimme about not bordering any other states.
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Level 85
Jul 20, 2021
Both states have LOTS of traffic from people traveling up and down their respective coasts.
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2021
Missed Venus Fly Traps, Elvis, and banning pumping. I thought of Oregon for it right as time ran out because my friend is going to Oregon soon to pump gas at a gas station so I was thinking it would make sense
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Level 33
Jul 20, 2021
Nice quiz, 20/20. Do another!
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Level 66
Jul 20, 2021
Not enough time. Only got through half of it and I knew several of the answers without having to guess.
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Level 44
Nov 4, 2023
I'm really glad you made this comment because i too did not have enough time.
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Level 44
Nov 4, 2023
I am using a phone and i type much more quickly on a laptop. I have not gotten used to the phone.
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Level 67
Jul 20, 2021
Seeing no one commenting on Arkansas ending in a silent S (while Kansas does not), I guess it's a well known story even outside of the USA. I didn't know it however, so I'm quite surprised. Not so surprised we French people are behind this though. When it comes to silent letters...

In French all the 26 letters can be silent. In English all the 26 letters can be pronounced like the other 25.

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Level 44
Nov 4, 2023
Lol!
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Level 28
Jul 20, 2021
I’m pretty sure it is now legal to pump your own gas in Oregon.
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Level 71
Jul 21, 2021
Only in rural areas under certain circumstances, not generally.
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Level 71
Aug 22, 2023
FYI, this has changed since writing, and it is now generally legal to pump your own gas in Oregon.
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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2023
Now only people in New Jersey are deemed so unintelligent that they are incapable of pumping their own gas.
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Level 76
Sep 24, 2023
Unintelligent? Nah. Untrustworthy, though...
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Level 84
Sep 24, 2023
By and large, we're both. :-)
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Level 53
Feb 15, 2022
I thougth it said capital city not biggest city, I guessed like arizona, if I read it right I would of said new york dang.
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Level 64
May 24, 2022
Surely Elvis also lived in California when he worked in Hollywood?
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Level 82
Sep 23, 2023
Did he have a home there or did he rent a place each time?
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Level 53
Oct 26, 2023
He owned a home in Palm Springs, not sure about LA though
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Level 78
Oct 26, 2023
He had a home in LA. Lisa Marie went to elementary school there.
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Level 44
Jun 30, 2022
I feel bad for anyone named Virginia
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Level 84
Jan 25, 2023
Hot take, do you feel better now that you have crapped on someone today?
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2023
Idk I think it's kind of a pretty name
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Level 51
Oct 26, 2023
Better than Georgia.
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Level 44
Nov 4, 2023
I like the name Georgia, it os cool, cute and spunky.
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Level 43
Dec 1, 2022
I was pretty sure Salt Lake has more than 35% of the population as heard people say it before. But I checked stats and its more like 15%.

Seems that even if count Salt Lake County as 1, that's still only 1 million to the 3 million total. So crazy enough, even that's under 35%. So don't get where the myth comes from that everyone in Utah lives in Salt Lake.

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Level 85
Sep 23, 2023
Salt Lake's CSA has a population of 2.7 million, which is 83% of the state's. When you take into account that within the CSA the overwhelming majority of residents live in a narrow strip hemmed in by the mountains and the lakes, there's a little truth to the myth.

ETA: citypopulation.de says Salt Lake's "agglomeration" has 2.6 million people, and maps that agglomeration as a narrow strip, too.

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Level 81
Sep 24, 2023
I totally thought it was a gimme with Hawaii, and was stunned when it didn't work.

But I too got tripped up by the difference between city proper and metro area. Turns out the city of Honolulu only has 1/3 the people that the metro area (basically: Oahu) does.

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Level 80
Aug 19, 2023
It's legal to pump your own gas in Oregon now
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2023
Why would it even be illegal ?
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Level 77
Sep 23, 2023
This is a really well made quiz.
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Level 70
Sep 23, 2023
Agreed! I really like the format.
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Level 75
Sep 24, 2023
Fun quiz, thanks.

BTW is it odd that the final question accepts "nyc" as a type-in? Would've thought the answer had to be a state.

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Level 73
Oct 26, 2023
It usually always does that, it's an automatic type-in.
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Level 66
Sep 25, 2023
Good one. Most were fairly easy but I had to go on a guessing spree for the venus fly trap one.
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Level 79
Sep 26, 2023
Didn't Elvis live in Las Vegas?
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Level 51
Oct 26, 2023
So many states that aren't an answer here.
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Level 74
Oct 26, 2023
lol