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U.S. States with the Lowest Population Density

Can you guess the states of the United States which have the lowest population density?
Based on land area, not total area
Population from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2022 estimates
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Quiz by longdays2
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Last updated: December 29, 2022
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First submittedJuly 26, 2014
Times taken74,297
Average score80.0%
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per mi²
State
1.29
Alaska
5.99
Wyoming
7.71
Montana
11.3
North Dakota
12.0
South Dakota
per mi²
State
17.4
New Mexico
23.5
Idaho
25.6
Nebraska
28.9
Nevada
35.9
Kansas
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Level 52
Jul 26, 2014
Nice Quiz! Suprised Not To See Oregon...
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2020
True. It is super dense in the valleys, but when you go to the desert, it's a much different story. It's basically half of Oregon, so quite a surprise it's not on here
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Level 46
Feb 11, 2021
Oregon has a pop. density of 41. Source
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Level 63
Dec 4, 2016
I'm more surprised to not see Utah.
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Level 63
Dec 4, 2016
Which Wikipedia says is 11th after Kansas.
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Level 43
Dec 6, 2016
Salt Lake City, Provo, didn't even try Utah
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Level 23
Apr 12, 2023
Saint George as well
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Level 68
Jun 26, 2020
agreed
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Level 66
Dec 4, 2016
I couldn't get the last one and then I typed new mexic... Then the timer ran out
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2018
i feel stupid forgot nevada
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Level 89
May 2, 2019
Oh
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Level 68
Dec 4, 2016
Forgot Nebraska.
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Level 21
Dec 6, 2016
No Oregon, woah.
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Level 53
Jan 1, 2017
2 seconds to spare!
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Level 70
Dec 16, 2017
38 seconds to spare!
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Level 44
May 2, 2019
1:04 to spare :)
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Level 60
Mar 8, 2023
1:05 to spare >:)
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Level 45
Mar 29, 2020
08 seconds to spare eek
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Level 51
Aug 16, 2017
I've been taking too many quizzes. I thought I had already typed in Montana and didn't realize that I hadn't until the time ran out.... *rolls eyes at self*
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Level 47
Jan 28, 2018
Sometimes I sit down to do my homework, and then an hour or so later I start.
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Level 21
Jan 16, 2020
Sometimes I sit down to do my homework, and just leave and never do it
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Level 57
Jul 25, 2019
Coincidentally I got here randomly after completing the "top 10 most dense U.S. states"
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Level 41
Oct 14, 2019
I’v never been to Maine but I know several people who have and some other people from there. The way they talk about it it sounds pretty, well, empty.

I have also heard people jokingly say that “There are more moose than people.”

Anyway, I thought it would definitely be there.

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Level 70
Jan 16, 2020
Maine isn't that big. There are probably places in most states that have an equally low population density, but people don't go there because there isn't much reason to do so.
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2020
Actually Maine is the 13th least densely populated state. So it was actually fairly close to getting on the list.
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Level 89
Jan 16, 2020
The northern numbered townships take up an expanse of over 10,000 square miles and a population of 200 to 300 people. From the northern tip to the midpoint of the state you can drive through timberland on washboarded dirt tote roads for 170 miles and go through the micro summer settlement of Clayton Lake which consists of a few seaplanes, a few cabins and a very, very bare bones store. Then you've arrived at Kokadjo with about 10 more people than Clayton Lake, another 30 minutes you finally hit the whopping metropolis of Greenville with a few hundred people. Another hour and a half and you hit a town with a few thousand people, a MacDonald's and a handful of chain stores and fast food which is a first all day. That takes 8 hours if you hot road it on those roads. There's definitely nowhere nearly as empty as that east of the Rockies.
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Level 89
Jan 16, 2020
The vast bulk of the people live in the southern and western part of the state. The other 150,000 people live in narrow population corridors in the remaining 20,000 square miles, hemmed in by land the timber companies have always owned and hence have never been developed like the rest of the Eastern U.S. or as in directly across the border in Québec.
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Level 22
Feb 5, 2020
Good quiz
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Level 20
Mar 10, 2020
cool
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Level 45
Mar 29, 2020
I always look in the comments if I cannot find the answer myself. smh
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2020
Feel so stupid forgetting Alaska and Nevada
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Level 68
Jun 26, 2020
those were the first ones I got
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Level 68
Jun 26, 2020
I was surprised about kansas
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Level 51
Sep 3, 2020
Wow! 33 seconds left and 100%!
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Level 55
Nov 14, 2020
I almost forgot ALASKA
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Level 69
May 19, 2021
It's in the geographical region of "except-Alaska-and-Hawaii."
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Level 70
May 19, 2021
That is... very few people per square mile.
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Level 75
Apr 9, 2023
But not quite few enough to switch over to square miles per person.
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Level 54
May 19, 2021
I got them in order, so I'm pretty impressed with myself.
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Level 75
Apr 9, 2023
That's always fun. Here, have a gold star! ⭐️
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Level 25
May 19, 2021
forgot idaho
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Level 71
May 19, 2021
I think Quizmaster forgot to include our 51st state, Canada :)
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Level 17
May 19, 2021
100% wth 1:04 let to spare sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh
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Level 32
May 19, 2021
I don't know how I forgot Alaska.
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Level 48
Aug 9, 2022
I forgor Alaska :(
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Level 49
Sep 7, 2022
I guessed New Mexico and then almost guessed South Mexico.
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Level 59
Nov 29, 2022
damn alaska has literally 1 person per square mile
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Level 20
Jan 6, 2023
Got every thing but New Mexico

me guessing New Mexico on literally every single US state related quiz except this one.

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Level 46
Jan 6, 2023
I thought Las Vegas would rule out Nevada, but I guess not
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Level 64
Feb 23, 2023
Surprised not to see Oklahoma there. I know we always make assumptions but from what I've heard there's about nothing outside of Oklahoma city. Guess not
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Level 64
Apr 16, 2023
Tulsa is also a major city in Oklahoma.
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Level 25
Apr 10, 2023
The Dakotas completely slipped my mind. Feels nice to know I live in a state that has less than six people per square mile, so we won't be facing imminent pollution or the need for EVs.