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U.S. States That Beat Canada

For each category, name any U.S. state that ranks higher than our 51st state, Canada. Have fun!
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Last updated: April 3, 2021
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First submittedMarch 29, 2021
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Rank
Category
Answer
2
Highest population
California
4
Lowest population density
Alaska | Wyoming | Montana
4
Highest % immigrants
California | New Jersey | New York
2
Highest maximum elevation
Alaska
8
Oldest median age
Maine | Vermont | New Hampshire | West Virginia |
Florida | Connecticut | Delaware
3
Most coal mined
Wyoming | West Virginia
4
Most tornadoes annually
Texas | Kansas | Oklahoma
6
Highest % indigenous population
Hawaii | Alaska | New Mexico | South Dakota |
Oklahoma | Montana
3
Most populous capital city
* city proper population
Arizona | Texas
2
Most populous city on the Great Lakes
Illinois
4
Lowest GDP per capita
* 2019, nominal
Mississippi | West Virginia | Arkansas
2
Highest population living on islands
New York
2
Highest life expectancy
Hawaii
2
Highest % Catholic
Rhode Island
2
Highest % of commuters using
public transit
New York
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Level 76
Mar 31, 2021
Will Puerto Rico ever become a state?
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2021
Probably not if the Puerto Ricans have anything to say about it. The current situation is too lucrative since they don't pay federal income tax.
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Level 74
Apr 4, 2021
They also largely don't receive the benefit of federal largesse. Certainly not in the way states do. I think it's highly likely that more money would flow to the island than from it if they became a state. And Puerto Ricans are keenly aware of that, especially after recent, poorly-handled disaster relief efforts.
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Level 48
Feb 10, 2022
Puerto Rico literally voted for statehood in referendums twice
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Level 73
Mar 31, 2021
I was speaking with a Puerto Rican friend about this recently. He thinks there are too many competing interests in Puerto Rico to make statehood likely, at least in the near future. Some want statehood, some prefer the status quo, others would like independence, and still others would like the territory to become an autonomous zone (like the Azores for Portugal or Greenland for Denmark).
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Level 50
Apr 1, 2021
We (Canada) are NOT your 51st state. We are not amused.
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Level 65
Apr 1, 2021
Agreed
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Level 73
Apr 1, 2021
I didn't believe it at first, but then I did some research: https://www.theonion.com/perky-canada-has-own-government-laws-1819563891
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2021
I believe the correct characterization is that the United States is Canada's underpants.
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Level 58
Apr 1, 2021
lol yes you are
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Level 67
Nov 9, 2021
When you folks down there manage to raise your average life expectancy a bit, we can talk about you joining Canada as another territory maybe, like on a trial basis.

brb, going to break a bone to enjoy some of that sweet sweet healthcare

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Level 54
Jun 6, 2022
While you're doing that, I'll be moving to NYC to make $1000/hr
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2021
I thought the UK was the 51st state.
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Level 53
Apr 1, 2021
Just because you havent been granted statehood yet doesnt mean you should be butthurt
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Level 69
Apr 1, 2021
Come on, I'm Canadian and this was a great quiz! I'm more worried about our national lack of humour than any mild/inoffensive joke comparing Canada and the US.
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Level 85
Apr 1, 2021
Tim Horton colonization issue.
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2021
ok, you can be states 51-63
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Level 57
Apr 1, 2021
peep da date
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Level 65
Apr 1, 2021
I would consider adding a note that the population is city proper population, not metropolitan area.

Atlanta is both a capital city and absolute huge (same size as toronto) and is an obvious city left out without this clarification

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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2021
Added a note.
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
The wording on this one makes it seem possible that Toronto should be included as a capital city - and as such I think its city proper population would be the largest?
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Level 76
Apr 1, 2021
Toronto is not the capital of Canada.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto

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Level 83
Apr 1, 2021
I think tshalla is referring to the fact that Toronto is the capital of Ontario.
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Level 67
Nov 9, 2021
Toronto is a capital, of Ontario
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Level 59
Nov 9, 2021
This quiz works off of the assumption that Canada would be 1 state, and Ottawa would be it's capital.
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2021
Well I can already see this is going to be fun. I hope they have April Fool's Day in Canada, because it's meant to be a joke. No one thinks Canada is the 51st state. That would be ridiculous, like saying Cyprus is part of Europe, even though it's much closer to Asia and Africa.
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Level 58
Apr 1, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago is closer to South America than North America. You are a hypocrite. This is not about "distance to the continental mainland". Cyprus is Europe.
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Level 77
Apr 1, 2021
Unfortunately our government, led by Stephen Harper at the time, abolished April Fool's Day in Canada about 10 years ago because someone pulled a practical joke that made him laugh so hard, he peed his pants. He was not amused and neither were his devoted followers, so prepare for copious indignation and complaint.
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Level 72
Apr 1, 2021
For various reasons, a big part of Canadian identity/patriotism more or less revolves around separating ourselves from the US, so many Canadians will get upset at something like this even if it's in jest.
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Level 87
Apr 1, 2021
I can understand why. The USA is a horrible country.
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Level 86
Apr 1, 2021
Classy. You could probably leave JetPunk then, since it's run by someone from such a horrible country.
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2021
Well ECon211 unless you want to bring a valid argument to the table what was the purpose of the comment.
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Level 57
Apr 5, 2021
According to his profile, he has never visited the US. This of course means that he is incredibly knowledgeable about the US and any of his opinions should be taken as fact.
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Level 87
Apr 5, 2021
Plenty of great people I'm sure and I'll admit I was being provocative by saying 'horrible', but America is perceived by the rest of the world through it's geopolitical activities and these have been mostly horrible post WW2. I hate laissez-faire capitalism and social inequality and America has consistently tried to force it's brand of individualism, hyper-capitalism, and consumerism on the rest of the world. A lot of people have died as a result. Vietnam, Iraq, basically every Latin American country etc. Just read up on America's involvement with someone like Pinochet or the Contras in Nicaragua. Even my homeland of Australia had it's most progressive government toppled in the 70s with the support of the CIA. The entire American political system needs to be overhauled and the whole world will be a worse off place until this happens.
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Level 86
Apr 8, 2021
I just love it when people want to have it both ways. On one hand: "oh, the USA is so horrible, look at what they've done for the last 70 years, their political system needs to be torn down", whilst never thinking about what that capitalistic system has actually done in those same 70 years for them and billions of people around the world (medicine, tech, etc., not to mention the generosity of the people and it's still the #1 emigration destination in the world). It's so intellectually dishonest. The world is messy and yes, the USA has made plenty of geopolitical mistakes. On balance though, the USA has been a massive force for good.

Have a look at this and tell me that the world generally would be better off with all the autocratic governments that we had as recently as 1977. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/05/14/more-than-half-of-countries-are-democratic/

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Level 62
Jan 9, 2022
Well, America may have Iraq and Vietnam and all that, but Canada has Trudeau. So there's that.
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Level 59
Jul 9, 2022
There's a joke down Oceania way. A New Zealander jumps into a taxi at Sydney airport and greets the driver "Hey, bro! At last! I'm in the West Island!"

Driver says "You certainly are, mate. Now where am I taking you? To the Social Security Office or Bondi Beach?"

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Level 71
Apr 1, 2021
Possibly controversial comment, but I've never understood why Cyprus can't be in both Europe and Asia. I mean, there are plenty of transcontinental countries, and the boundary between Europe and Asia is already vague as is. I personally think we should just abolish the idea of Europe and Asia as two distinct entities and combine them into one continent--not only would that solve the Cyprus problem, it would just rid of a nonsensical boundary!
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
But, most importantly, it would solve the Cyprus problem.
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Level 54
Apr 12, 2021
i have an idea

make cyprus its own continent

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Level 41
Apr 1, 2021
I'd say calling USA part of Canada is more like calling all of Ireland a part of the UK rather than being on the level as saying Cyprus is a part of Europe since Cyprus' continent is a debatable topic
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Level 59
Jan 15, 2022
It would be, if we had a history of invading Canada.

We only invaded them once (and lost), so I don't really think that it's the same thing.

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Level 71
Apr 1, 2021
I had no idea Canada's GDP/c was so much lower than most US states. Or rather, I had no idea American states had such a high GDP/c compared to Canada!
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2021
It's somewhat complicated. Median incomes in Canada are only a little lower than the United States. But Canada has fewer jobs that pay a very high salary. Canadians such as Alex Trebek, Mike Myers, and my friend Kevin have to move to the United States if they want to make the big bucks.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2021
I didn't care for the 51st state joke either. It's only funny if Canadians tell it, to be honest. If it really is because of April 1, I hope you'll be taking it down after today.
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Level 63
Dec 3, 2022
I see someone's bitter about not being granted statehood yet...
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2021
Ottawa is a small city. I'm surprised only 2 states have capitals with higher population. I guess it's all about where the city lines were drawn and whether mergers have happened.
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Level 58
Apr 1, 2021
I'm Canadian and I took the whole 51st state thing as a joke, it being April Fool's Day and all. Jesus folks let's scale back on the reactions, shall we? Fun quiz, too
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Level 89
Apr 1, 2021
I prefer "America's Hat", but tomato, tomahto.
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Level 59
Jan 15, 2022
Yeah, that's probably a more universally-acceptable joke.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2021
National hockey teams that beat the US team ...

Canada.

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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
Indigenous Canadians never refer to themselves, nor are they ever referred to, as "Native Americans." As such, every state wins that one. You shouldn't claim "American" as a demonym specific to your country and then apply it more broadly.
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
Fair enough, changed it to indigenous population.
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
Thanks for that.
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
No problem.
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
A lot of miserable, overly sensitive people who get easily offend are taking the quiz today. Get a life people.....it's an April fools day joke.
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
I wake up and see 31 comments, what in the world happened!
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Level 86
Apr 1, 2021
Your quiz got featured on the most wonderful day of the year in JetPunk land: April Fools Day!
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
As I always say, our continent should be renamed and Canada should be called North America. That's really just what it is, honestly.
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Level 29
Apr 1, 2021
We don’t need Canada in our union anyway, you’re not American 🇺🇸
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
Astronaut 1: Wait it's all an April Fool's joke?

Astronaut 2: Always has been.

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Level 79
Apr 1, 2021
Canada is the 51st State, America is the 11th province.

It's all good

Love from,

A Canadian who loves America too <3

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Level 38
Apr 1, 2021
I completely agree

-Love from an American who loves Canada!

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Level 41
Apr 1, 2021
All April Fools' Day jokes aside, I think a Canadian-American Union would actually be kind of cool. Not necessarily Canada becoming a part of the US, but like a North American Union.
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Level 72
Apr 8, 2021
I don't think a Canadian-American union would work. I think that the majority of Canadians would find American politics and American discourse undesirable. Plus Canada's much lower population would have to mean that Canadian values would be washed out by American values. If anything, we'd have to do some trades. The central US and the South can have Alberta and Saskatchewan, and then the rest of Canada can take the original colonies and the western seaboard. Seems like the best way for everyone to get along!
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2021
I didn't realize so many Canadians were unable to take a joke...
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2021
Given that Question 9 specifies city proper population, I think Question 10 should specify metropolitan/urban population.

The population of Toronto (city proper) is larger than Chicago, but the metro/urban population of Chicago is larger.

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Level 86
Apr 1, 2021
I see one of the more contentious "I'm offended" threads was nuked by QM. Thanks for doing your part to calm international tensions! :-P
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
You should make a quiz: 'Canadian Provinces that beat the US.'
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Level 68
Apr 1, 2021
That would be great. I'd love to see the categories that aren't based on national differences (people lacking health insurance, etc.) but draw out superlatives about each province. French-speakers and deepest lake are a couple I can think of that might work.
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
There would need to be questions where only some of the provinces beat the U.S., but not all. It would be a bit difficult, but it does sound interesting, I will consider it!
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Level 69
Apr 1, 2021
I bet the format could work for other countries too (so long as they have well known provinces/states/regions). It's too bad Australia doesn't have more states, otherwise it could make a good comparison to New Zealand :)
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Level 50
Apr 2, 2021
I hate being picky but Indigenous needs to be capitalized. It is a proper noun. Other than that good quiz.
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Level 59
Apr 3, 2021
Ok
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Level 68
Apr 4, 2021
"Our 51st state"? Spare me the arrogance.
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Level 67
Apr 7, 2021
Well you've certainly spared yourself good humor.
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Level 68
Apr 28, 2021
As an Albertan, yes we'd be more than pleased to become your 51st state.... beats being controlled by Toronto.....
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Level 55
Jun 24, 2021
Chicago is smaller than Toronto now. Toronto overtook it in 2016.
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Level 59
Jun 24, 2021
If I was measuring by city limits, you would be right, but on most quizzes on Jetpunk metropolitan area is used because of the irregularity of city limit sizes, and Toronto's metro area is about 6 million, and Chicago's is about 9.5 million. Hope this clears things up!
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Level 36
Oct 29, 2021
Hawaii doesn't have a higher percentage of indigenous people than Canada?
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Level ∞
Oct 29, 2021
Good point. Added that, thanks!