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Top 10 U.S. States with the Most Lighthouses

Can you name the states that have the most active lighthouses?
Source: Wikipedia
Includes lighthouses on the sea and on lakes (massive hint)
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Last updated: September 7, 2019
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First submittedSeptember 6, 2019
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State
96
Michigan
61
Massachusetts
59
Maine
54
New York
34
Wisconsin
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State
32
California
30
Florida
22
Washington
18
Rhode Island
16
Maryland
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Level 63
Sep 7, 2019
I forgot that lakes can have lighthouses
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Level 74
Nov 24, 2019
Me too. Damn those lakes
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Level 86
Sep 7, 2019
Shocked that Nebraska didn't make the list ;)
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Level 71
Nov 24, 2019
I'm even more shocked that Colorado isn't on the list. I mean don't they border Mexico? They need lighthouses to keep the Mexicans out! They're gonna be yuge, beautiful lighthouses!
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2020
Um... Colorado does not border Mexico
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Level 54
Apr 18, 2020
r/woooosh
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Level 78
Sep 8, 2019
Surprised Alaksa and Hawaii werent there
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Level 77
Sep 10, 2019
Agree! No Alaska, but rhode Island?
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Level 81
Nov 25, 2019
Not surprised by those two, but was surprised by no Connecticut, I think a lot of inactive ones there.
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Level 62
Feb 17, 2021
I figured Connecticut doesn't have many since it's basically shielded from the open ocean by Long Island. Though I'm not sure just how much that alleviates the need for lighthouses.
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Level 89
Nov 8, 2021
None. Lighthouses are for navigation in the dark, around points of land, not waves.
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Level 62
Sep 15, 2019
I'm surprised the Carolinas didn't make the list.
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Level 58
Sep 16, 2019
Is this the quiz with lowest guessed top answer?
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Level 54
Apr 18, 2020
no i think 95% is pretty high
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Level 61
Aug 28, 2020
I think he meant that Michigan has the most but second lowest in guessed.
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Level 74
Mar 11, 2021
https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/118354/driest-capital-cities This one is lower
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Level 89
Nov 24, 2019
I wonder which one of those lighthouses was the one Dafoe and Pattinson worked at?
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Level 78
Jul 15, 2023
None of them, it was filmed in a purpose built film set lighthouse in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The film is based on a true story that happened in a lighthouse in Wales, UK
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Level 79
Nov 24, 2019
Interesting to see that the state with the highest number of lighthouses does not border an ocean.
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Level 56
Nov 24, 2019
michigan has a lot of coastline considering it pretty much has 5 sides surrounded by water. also lighthouses are moreso for small boats since large boats are docking at lit up urban areas anyways
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Level 70
Nov 25, 2019
The majority of these mark hazards, which the Great Lakes have plenty of.
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Level 89
Nov 8, 2021
Most of them in Michigan mark entrances to inlets. The coast is relatively straight and offers almost no harbors, except tucked inside the mouth of local rivers.
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Level 49
Nov 26, 2019
I was putting all the states on the Atlantic and Pacific and then realized at 0:47 seconds left that we can do states on the Great Lakes. So happy. 100/100! Good luck to all!
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Level 56
Mar 14, 2020
Where is New Jersey?
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2020
According to Wikipedia, New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Northeastern United States.
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Level 54
Apr 18, 2020
r/technicallythetruth
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Level 51
Oct 10, 2020
Yeah, probably many in Cape May, Ocean, and Monmouth counties.
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Level 62
Jun 20, 2020
I’m shocked that Rhode Island has more than Texas
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Level 89
Nov 8, 2021
States that were late to the industrial development party got modernized metal poles with lights on top of them, not considered traditional lighthouses.
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Level 66
May 13, 2023
Thanks for the quiz. That's an interesting subject I didn't give much thought to. I wonder what constitutes a "lighthouse". I guess there are towers, range lights, and pier head lights. I assume there are buoys of some kind too.

Interesting to learn that prevalence relates to time. Guess it makes sense in hindsight. I'd like to know how southeast Canada developed. AFAIK that can be a pretty dangerous area due to the jagged coastline. Part Time Explorer, on yt, had a pretty interesting video about the late 1800's SS Atlantic wreck off Nova Scotia.

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Level 61
Nov 17, 2023
No Alaska? Really? Why?