U.S. States Bigger than Their Neighbors

Name the eight U.S. states which have a greater land area than every state they share a land border with.
Not including Hawaii and Alaska
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Last updated: December 7, 2021
First submittedSeptember 27, 2019
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Rank
State
2
Texas
3
California
4
Montana
14
Minnesota
Rank
State
21
Georgia
22
Michigan
30
New York
39
Maine
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Level 78
Sep 27, 2019
Florida is bigger than Georgia...
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Level 86
Sep 27, 2019
A simple check of the U.S. Census Bureau website would be easier than posting a false claim.
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Level 85
Sep 28, 2019
Except jguthriex is right. Florida is bigger than Georgia. Both in land area (which is what this quiz is about) and population.
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Level ∞
Sep 28, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_area

Georgia has a larger land area. Florida is only larger allowing land and water area.

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Level 90
Dec 6, 2019
I disagree with someone2018. It's much easier to post a false claim than verify information. Just look at < insert favorite news/ website >.
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Level 86
Dec 6, 2019
^ Very true. There are millions of gay frogs to back it up.
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Level 86
Mar 25, 2020
Strange why people can't go right to the horse's mouth instead of the other end.

Here, the U.S. government measured states by the square meter. You won't find anyone doing it more accurately so this should settle the naysayers.

https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF

Florida's land area: 53,624 mi²

Georgia's land area: 57, 513 mi²

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Level 72
Sep 29, 2019
Some quizzes allow too much time. This one could do with an extra 30 seconds or so. Not so much that one can simply type random states, but enough so that one can try a few guesses without running the clock.
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Level 68
Oct 6, 2019
Well it is actually 7 nobrainers except Florida and Michigan are not correct and you have to figure out why (or rather guess). IMHO enough time.
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Level 70
Dec 7, 2021
No brainers for Americans, maybe. You do realise other people exist, right? And we do also like taking quizzes?
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Level 56
Dec 7, 2021
I'm an American and this took quite some thought
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Level 63
Dec 6, 2019
Shouldn't Michigan count?
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Level 61
Dec 6, 2019
Michigan borders Minnesota on Lake Superior.
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Level 50
Jan 8, 2021
On land? If so, where? If you mean by water borders, they have to border other states by land, not by water.
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Level 86
Dec 8, 2021
Uh, no. It doesn't work that way. Do you also think Illinois and Michigan border each other across Lake Michigan?
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2019
About 10-15 more seconds would be beneficial. I like the idea for the quiz, although it winds up slightly amusing that because most of the states with the largest land area are in the west/south west, they nearly all border the far larger Texas (2nd) or California (3rd): New Mexico (5th), Arizona (6th), Nevada (7th), Colorado (8th), and Oregon (10th in land area) are all bordering TX or CA (except for CO, which instead borders New Mexico and is separated from TX by only a sliver of the Oklahoma panhandle).

Also, why land area and not just total area?

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Level 23
Dec 6, 2019
Great Quiz
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Level 65
Dec 6, 2019
7/7 (from UK) but I agree ther should be a bit more time. I got lucky with a couple of states, there isn't much time for wrong guesses here...
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Level 65
Dec 6, 2019
Damn I missed New York I thought New York was small
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Level 64
Dec 7, 2021
in terms of other states, yeah, but when you compare it to massachusetts, vermont, new jersey, pennsylvania, and connecticut...it actually kind of looms :)
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Level 60
Dec 6, 2019
The way to show a proposed candidate does not satisfy the criterion of being larger than every state it borders is to find a counterexample, a larger bordering state. So, Hawaii and Alaska are solutions also: you can't find a state bordering Hawaii that's larger than Hawaii. Same holds for Alaska.
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Level 73
Dec 7, 2019
for Hawaii and Alaska to qualify they would have to border another state, since they dont they are not answers.
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Level 59
Dec 8, 2021
Never learned about vacuously true? lol
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Level 59
Dec 23, 2020
it got me when writing minnesota - the last one
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Level 58
Feb 20, 2021
You can try the population version of this quiz by me!
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Level 75
Jun 25, 2021
1 second left and i quickly typed Maind and missed it Grrrr. Stupid fat fingers.
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Level 59
Dec 7, 2021
Michigan is larger than Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Your quiz was based on LAND area, so you should only honor LAND borders. If it were TOTAL area, then you can look at water borders, they still exceed Minnesota.

You should use the same metrics: total area with total borders or total land area with land borders. Or, I suggest adding a bullet-point in the instructions that specifies that water borders count.

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Level ∞
Dec 7, 2021
You are absolutely correct. I can't believe that no one noticed before now. This has been fixed.
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Level 78
Dec 7, 2021
Some are thinking quizzes, some are speed quizzes. IMO, this is more of a thinking quiz. More time needed.