U.S. State Superlatives #1

Name the states that are number one in of each of these statistical categories.
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No state is used more than once
Quiz by Quizmaster
Last updated: June 18, 2021
First submittedMay 30, 2011
Times taken56,726
Average score70.0%
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#1 State
Highest population
Largest land area
Smallest land area
Rhode Island
Furthest south
Most international visitors
New York
Most crude oil production
Busiest airport
Most natural disaster deaths
since 2000
Earliest date of statehood
Most Presidents born in state
#1 State
Least precipitation
Highest % covered by lakes
Shortest coastline
(among states that have one)
New Hampshire
Most gila monsters
Earliest nuclear weapons test
New Mexico
Longest portion of Interstate 90
Furthest from the ocean
South Dakota
Highest % covered by forests
Most coastline on the Atlantic Ocean
Highest population density
New Jersey
Level 43
Oct 6, 2012
Should have highest and lowest IQ's per state
Level 86
Mar 31, 2017
Good quiz but an extra minute would be useful to give time for some thinking.
Level 71
Apr 11, 2017
Agree. This really needs a little more time.
Level 83
Jun 7, 2017
Yep. Another minute would be about right.
Level 67
Jun 7, 2017
Yes, I could have figured out a few more with another minute.
Level 75
Jun 8, 2017
Then it becomes less of a figuring out exercise than one of a scattergun approach
Level 71
Apr 7, 2017
That "natural disaster deaths" category was a downer...
Level 77
Jun 7, 2017
Nearly 2000 people died after Hurricane Katrina.
Level 31
Apr 11, 2022
Nearly 250 people in texas die every MONTH because of natural disasters
Level 67
Feb 7, 2019
sorry the quizquestion ruined your day...
Level 65
Jun 16, 2017
I thought this was quite easy. I feel being a Canadian probably helped more than being American, as we know a lot of the stereotypes of each state and don't over think it.
Level 75
Jun 21, 2021
oh we know them too :-)
Level 54
Nov 22, 2020
I'm surprised that few people guessed Louisiana. I was just thinking about Katrina.
Level 69
Jun 24, 2021
*Farthest from the ocean.

Furthest indicates conceptual distance, farthest indicates geographical distance.

...unless you intended to indicate conceptual distance from the ocean, in which case I believe that you have given the incorrect answer.

Level 64
Jun 24, 2021
Does that include Hudson Bay or is it just counting distance in the US?
Level 46
Jul 1, 2021
I think it does because otherwise North Dakota or something like that would be the answer.
Level 23
Jun 25, 2021
In British English "furthest" is used for both
Level 71
Jul 17, 2021
South Dakota is pretty conceptually distant from the ocean anyway
Level 65
Oct 21, 2021
I probably guessed half of the states on the Gila monster question. Never heard of it!