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10 Easternmost U.S. States

In just one minute, can you name the ten easternmost U.S. states?
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Quiz by Djilas
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Last updated: February 17, 2021
First submittedFebruary 5, 2017
Times taken21,537
Average score90.0%
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Longitude
State
179.8 °E
Alaska
67.0 °W
Maine
69.9 °W
Massachusetts
70.6 °W
New Hampshire
71.1 °W
Rhode Island
71.5 °W
Vermont
Longitude
State
71.8 °W
Connecticut
71.8 °W
New York
73.9 °W
New Jersey
74.7 °W
Pennsylvania
75.1 °W
Delaware
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Level 80
Feb 20, 2017
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Level 83
Feb 17, 2021
Disappointed that Alaska is already entered. That would be the answer that could separate the true geo-nerds from the rest of the pack!
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2021
Because it's just a technicality. Alaska is west of the centre of the US.
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Level 47
May 10, 2021
It's quite different from French Guiana, as any sane person would say that the Aleutian Islands are west of the Alaskan mainland. It's just a coincidence resulting from the location of the Prime Meridian that they end up in the Eastern hemisphere. East and west are relative, anyway.
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Level 84
May 18, 2021
east of center if you keep going far enough east...
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Level 84
May 18, 2021
and there's no non-arbitrary difference that you can find between the Aleutian Islands or French Guiana that would make the "sane" people here make sense or be correct. It's like saying that the north pole isn't the northernmost point on the globe because if you start in Russia and go north and then pass the north pole and keep going eventually you'll get to Canada... and so you geniuses decide Canada is farther north than the north pole. That's simply not how it works.
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Level 67
May 18, 2021
To the guy commenting about the Greenwich meridian: can you tell me on which side of the meridian the area of London known as "East center" (postcodes E1 through E4) is located? Thank you.
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Level 67
May 18, 2021
Alaska being the "easternmost state" is not even a technicality, it's a lack of understanding of how the Earth works.

On a rotating globe, there is an absolute north and south, but no absolute east or west. When you go far enough north, at some point, you'll have no choice but going south - but you can always go further east or west.

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Level 51
May 18, 2021
Alaska goes into the eastern hemisphere, period. You randomly declaring that it's a technicality doesn't change the geography of our planet. That's like saying California is an island because it includes Alcatraz.
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Level 67
May 19, 2021
Alaska does go into the eastern hemisphere. That doesn't make it the easternmost state of the US - just the only one that goes into the eastern hemisphere.
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Level 51
May 19, 2021
So it is the easternmost... you're just proving my point...
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Level 67
May 20, 2021
No, because, again, east is relative. When you're talking about the easternmost part of a country, it is the easternmost part of *that country*, not the easternmost part of the hemisphere!

Again, take this example: if the international date line went through Kansas city, or somewhere else in the middle of the US - would New York suddenly be on the West Coast, and LA on the East Coast? Of course not! The positions of the coasts relative to the country do not change depending on where the international date line happens to be!

It's one feature of a rotating globe, that while it has an absolute north and an absolute south, it doesn't have an absolute east or an absolute west. I don't make the rules.

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Level 47
Jun 23, 2021
Regarding your comment, Kalbahamut, if you go north from Russia past the north pole, you'd have to go south in order to reach Canada. If you go from Alaska, past the International Date Line, and to the Aleutian Islands, you're going west the entire time.
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Level 67
Feb 17, 2021
It looks like Delaware just barely squeezed past Maryland for #10. Delaware's eastern-most point is within walking distance (almost--but not quite--due south along the beach) to the state border which is Maryland's eastern-most point, and probably only 100 feet further west.
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Level 76
May 18, 2021
Everything is walking distance if you have enough time and energy.
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Level 50
Jul 16, 2022
Are you sure about that, I pretty sure you can’t walk on water, if you do, you sink to the bottom, and then you oof
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Level 68
Feb 17, 2021
This quiz, as well as the westernmost and most central US States quizzes are missing from the Directional Geography quiz list.
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Level 83
Feb 17, 2021
Yeah, I'm kinda sad Alaska is given. Would make for a trickier and more fun quiz if you had to get it. Otherwise its exceedingly straight forward.
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Level 65
Jun 15, 2021
It still would have been pretty obvious because of the longitude being an outlier.
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Level 50
Jul 16, 2022
I still don’t know what the hell is longitude, latitude and all these stuff, and also elevation
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2021
Alaska shouldn't even be on this quiz. I get that it's because of the Aleutian islands, but that's a bad argument. "Easternmost" is obviously relative to the rest of the country. Otherwise, a small island that straddles the 180th meridian would have its eastern part be its westernmost part as its western part be its easternmost part. That's just absurd.
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Level 84
May 18, 2021
It's absurd how often and vigorously you make the same comment that is so clearly and obviously wrong.
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Level 67
May 18, 2021
Please send me your venmo or paypal, kalba.

I'll send you money to buy a globe - you can consider it a late birthday gift!

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Level 66
May 18, 2021
I suppose you think this is clearly and obviously wrong and needs editing...
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Level 51
May 18, 2021
@dunkinggandalf2, that's flawed logic. An island is an island. An island isn't a UFO. Just think about it: Do you not consider an island to be land? Even if you consider an island 4 times the size of Washington D.C. to be "small", it still obviously counts as area, and people like you simply cannot change that :)
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Level 67
May 19, 2021
I think you missed my point, Neil. It's not a matter of an island being an island or of it being big or small - my point works with any landmass that straddles the international date line (it just so happens that there are no continents that do). If the international date line crossed through Australia, Western Australia would still be where it is now. If the international date line crossed through the US, the East coast wouldn't suddently become the West coast.
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Level 68
May 18, 2021
I agree gandalf.

Because if we were to go on technicality, then this quiz wouldn’t even exist or only Alaska would be the correct answer because “technically” all the other 49 states lie in the Western Hemisphere so “technically” there is no Easternmost state.

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Level 51
May 18, 2021
The worst explanation I've heard in my life. If all the other states lie in the western hemisphere, that doesn't make "no easternmost part".
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Level 68
May 18, 2021
You are missing my point NeilV.

“Easternmost is obviously relative to the rest of the country”....This definition of East is what has been used for the quiz.

But then just to include Alaska on a technicality, different parameters are used to define East.

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Level 76
May 18, 2021
Just because a state is in the western hemisphere doesn't mean it doesn't have a westernmost, easternmost, northernmost, and southernmost point. Florida's southernmost point is Key West, and you can't say that due to it being in the northern hemisphere it doesn't have one. Southernmost is relative to the rest of the area as is easternmost.
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Level 67
May 19, 2021
You're actually making the same point as roadrage, YellowJacket. Parts of Alaska being in the eastern hemisphere doesn't make them "the easternmost point of the US" - they are still the westernmost part, relative to the rest of the country.
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Level 37
May 20, 2021
its the easternmost point because it has the easternmost longitude. giving the longitude should be enough for people to guess Alaska even if they are not aware of it before
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Level 37
May 20, 2021
East and west is defined wrt to the international date line and not wrt mainland US.
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Level 67
May 20, 2021
No, they're not. This is the definition of "east": the direction towards the point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes, on the right-hand side of a person facing north, or the point on the horizon itself.

When you're on mainland Alaska, the Aleutians are West of you, not East, even if they are in the Eastern hempishere. The international date line is not a wall.

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Level 80
May 20, 2021
The Aleutians are actually east of IDL, we wouldn't have this discussion if that was the criterion. But they're west of the 180th meridian.
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Level 58
May 21, 2021
Was so confused that Alaska was on there I was listing the Western States- der. Does this mean that Alaska is both the most Western and Eastern State of the USA?
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Level 65
May 21, 2021
Don't forget Northern.
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Level 50
Jul 16, 2022
Imagine it was also most southern too