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U.S. States arranged by date of statehood

The following is a list of U.S. states in chronological order by date of statehood. Each of the 50 states comprising the United States of America are listed in order by the date each individual state joined the United States Union. One could certainly consider all 13 original colonies to be members of the United States from the date of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776, or from the date of ratification of the Articles of Confederation. Since each subsequently ratified the present United States Constitution, they are presented in that order.

Confederate States
The dates of statehood on this list do not account for the secession during the American Civil War of several Southern states to form the Confederate States of America or the subsequent restoration of those states to the U.S. following the Civil War.


# State Ratification or Admission Previously known as
1 Delaware July 4th, 1776 and December 7th, 1787 Lower Counties on Delaware, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
2 Pennsylvania July 4th, 1776 and December 12th, 1787 Province of Pennsylvania, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
3 New Jersey July 4th, 1776 and December 18th, 1787 Province of New Jersey, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
4 Georgia July 4th, 1776 and January 2nd, 1788 Province of Georgia, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
5 Connecticut July 4th, 1776 and January 9th, 1788 Connecticut Colony, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
6 Massachusetts July 4th, 1776 and February 6th, 1788 Province of Massachusetts Bay, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
7 Maryland July 4th, 1776 and
April 28th, 1788
Province of Maryland, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
8 South Carolina July 4th, 1776 and
May 23rd, 1788
Province of South Carolina, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
9 New Hampshire July 4th, 1776 and
June 21st, 1788
Province of New Hampshire, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
10 Virginia July 4th, 1776 and
June 25th, 1788
Virginia Colony, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
11 New York July 4th, 1776 and
July 26th, 1788
Province of New York, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
12 North Carolina July 4th, 1776 and November 21st, 1789 Province of North Carolina, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
13 Rhode Island July 4th, 1776 and
May 29th, 1790
Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, then sovereign state in Confederation (One of the original 13 colonies)
14 Vermont March 4th, 1791 Province of New York, Vermont Republic
15 Kentucky June 1st, 1792 Virginia
16 Tennessee June 1st, 1796 North Carolina, then Southwest Territory
17 Ohio March 1st, 1803 Northwest Territory
18 Louisiana April 30th, 1812 Orleans Territory
19 Indiana December 11th, 1816 Northwest Territory (Indiana Territory)
20 Mississippi December 10th, 1817 Mississippi Territory
21 Illinois December 3rd, 1818 Northwest Territory (Illinois Territory)
22 Alabama December 14th, 1819 Alabama Territory
23 Maine March 15th, 1820 Massachusetts
24 Missouri August 10th, 1821 Missouri Territory
25 Arkansas June 15th, 1836 Arkansas Territory
26 Michigan January 26th, 1837 Northwest Territory (Michigan Territory)
27 Florida March 3rd, 1845 Florida Territory
28 Texas December 29th, 1845 Republic of Texas
29 Iowa December 28th, 1846 Iowa Territory
30 Wisconsin May 29th, 1848 Northwest Territory (Wisconsin Territory)
31 California September 9th, 1850 Alta California
32 Minnesota May 11th, 1858 Minnesota Territory
33 Oregon February 14th, 1859 Oregon Territory
34 Kansas January 29th, 1861 Kansas Territory
35 West Virginia June 20th, 1863 Virginia
36 Nevada October 31st, 1864 Nevada Territory
37 Nebraska March 1st, 1867 Nebraska Territory
38 Colorado August 1st, 1876 Colorado Territory
39 North Dakota November 2nd, 1889 Dakota Territory
40 South Dakota November 2nd, 1889 Dakota Territory
41 Montana November 8th, 1889 Montana Territory
42 Washington November 11th, 1889 Washington Territory
43 Idaho July 3rd, 1890 Idaho Territory
44 Wyoming July 10th, 1890 Wyoming Territory
45 Utah January 4th, 1896 Utah Territory
46 Oklahoma November 16th, 1907 Oklahoma Territory, Indian Territory
47 New Mexico January 6th, 1912 New Mexico Territory
48 Arizona February 14th, 1912 Arizona Territory
49 Alaska January 3rd, 1959 Alaska Territory
50 Hawaii August 21st, 1959 Kingdom of Hawaii, Hawaii Territory


Our complete list of all state capitals in the United States can be found at
U.S. State Capitals.

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