Category Elimination - U.S. States #2

In each group, name any answer which matches the first category to reveal the second category, then name any answer which applies to both categories to reveal a third, and so on.
# = the number of answers possible
Answer must correspond to the highlighted yellow box.
All data as of February 2022.
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: February 10, 2022
First submittedSeptember 12, 2019
Times taken62,037
Average score75.0%
Rating4.68
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Green Categories
40
States with only one word
31
... which were not confederate states
6
... with a land area less than 30,000 mi²
1
... and share a land border with another country
Vermont
 
Orange Categories
25
States in the West or Midwest Census Region
20
... which don't border an ocean
7
... which contain the letter S
1
... and have more than 8 million people
Illinois
Blue Categories
30
States with at least 8 letters
20
... not included in the Louisiana Purchase
5
... with more than 500 people per mi²
1
... with a land area greater than 8,000 mi²
Maryland
 
Purple Categories
19
States whose first two letters is their 2-letter
state code
9
... whose capital city is their largest city
4
... with a maximum elevation over 2,500m
1
... and with fewer than 20 people per mi²
Wyoming
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Level 73
Sep 12, 2019
Definitely would have suspected that Maryland counted as north-east.
+17
Level 68
Sep 12, 2019
Yeah the Census Regions can be a little odd. This is why I chose to say "not in the Northeast Region" as opposed to "in the South Region", because Maryland is definitely not south.
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Level 83
Sep 13, 2019
South of the Mason-Dixon line.
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Level 47
May 7, 2020
Even today, Maryland and Delaware defy being placed in north or south categories.
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Level 69
Dec 5, 2019
Maryland is certainly not northeast. I would go with mid-Atlantic, but being south of the Mason-Dixon line, I would classify it as a southern state before I would call it northeast.
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Level 17
Oct 26, 2020
noo, Maryland both historically and geographically is more northeastern than southern
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Level 33
May 18, 2021
Historically, Maryland has always been in the south.
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Level 55
Nov 13, 2021
virginia, maryland, delaware, dc, and maybe west virginia are definitely all outliers of being northern or southern. i would personally place them in the south but they definitely deserve their own region.
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Level 75
Jan 15, 2020
Maybe re-tweak that Maryland clue? That "northeast" clue is misleading.
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Level 44
May 9, 2020
Take it up with the Census lol. Maryland isn't in the Northeast Census Region
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Level 70
Jan 31, 2021
Mid-Atlantic would be the most accurate word, and historically Maryland has been associated with the South as it was a slave (technically border) state, but I'd say today Maryland (and indeed all of the Mid-Atlantic other then Virginia maybe) is culturally part of the North-East.
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2021
me too. Ironically I had typed Maryland for the first 3 answers, then tried to guess other states with high population density as I assumed Maryland was in the northeast region.

I feel like if you get the answer from the first clue, it should fill in all of them.

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Level 90
Jan 15, 2020
Question on the population density-- according to 2015 data, no state is over 500/km2. New Jersey's the highest at 470. Did you mean per square mile? The count holds if you change to over 200 km2.
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Level 68
Jan 15, 2020
Whoops! Yep looks like I'm using mi2 data for states, got confused as use km for countries! Thanks for the spot.
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Level 65
Jan 16, 2020
While I did eventually get it - I do have to gripe a tad about the "coastal" clue. The final answer of that section does indeed have a coast - albeit a lake one. Perhaps changing the definition to "is not on the ocean coast" or something to that effect would be helpful.
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Level 68
Jan 16, 2020
Thanks! I've updated it to say "doesn't border an ocean" rather than coastal, should be clearer. :)
+7
Level 85
Jan 16, 2020
I love it when the first answer you try for a category gets you all the way through! Doesn't happen very often, but it's nice when it does :)
+1
Level 71
Apr 14, 2020
For me it always seems to be the opposite: I have to think of a new one with every new bit of information...
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Level 21
May 19, 2020
yeah...
+2
Level 32
Jan 24, 2020
Nice quiz! The Maryland as north-east or mid-atlantic was slightly confusing, but I got it. US States are better quizzes than countries because there are 196 countries and only fifty states. Consider this suggestion.
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Level 65
Feb 24, 2020
For non-Americans, the cesus regions clues are something that give little information. Maybe try to avoid them in future installments? Anyway, I learnt something out of this quiz
+1
Level 68
Feb 24, 2020
Yes I won't be using them after this one. The goal was to provide a way of differentiating states physically geographically, but the Census regions are too arbitrarily defined for that.
+1
Level 71
Apr 14, 2020
I agree. I can see that it's useful to have rigidly defined geographical zones, but it comes across as a bit of a cop-out since nobody outside the US will be aware of it at all. Great quizzes in this series though, we appreciate your hard work!
+1
Level 82
Apr 5, 2022
True - but, a lot of people IN the US don't know census regions, either...
+1
Level 59
Feb 24, 2020
Only missed Utah
+1
Level 65
Feb 24, 2020
Thought I actually caught an error with Arkansas not working for the pink/lower right. Then I noticed elevation was in meters and not feet. Oops.
+1
Level 27
Feb 25, 2020
Really difficult as a Non-American, and also slightly confusing because I am somewhat guessing.

Liked the idea though, would like to see this format in something a little bit easier/general knowledge.

+1
Level 55
Feb 27, 2020
the US census bureau does indeed place maryland in the northeast region, i'd definitely word that a little better
+1
Level 55
Oct 30, 2020
yellow is all illinois :D
+1
Level 55
Apr 5, 2022
New Jersey could also apply for the blue category
+1
Level 68
Apr 5, 2022
New Jersey only has 7500 square miles of land area.
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Level 40
Apr 5, 2022
The only reason I didn't finish and get them all was because I misread "contain the letter s" as "DON'T contain the letter s." I even thought, "it has to be Illinois, right? But that has 's' in the name..." lol
+1
Level 47
Apr 6, 2022
nice quiz, but false. Wyoming doesnt exist
+1
Level 32
Apr 7, 2022
I started with maryland and it was right