Top 15 U.S. States by Population

Ever wonder which states have the most population?

It is not surprising that border states — California, Texas — as well as coastal and major ports of entry states — New York, Florida — lead the pack.

California’s population is over 37 million…a whopping 12 million more than Texas, the next most populous state (over 25 million).

If you combine the population of the 11th through 15th most populous states, respectively New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, Massachusetts and Indiana, the total population would come close to the entire population of California.

Here are the Top 15 —- population noted are estimates for 2011:

1 1  California 37,691,912
2 2  Texas 25,674,681
3 3  New York 19,465,197
4 4  Florida 19,057,542
5 5  Illinois 12,869,257
6 6  Pennsylvania 12,742,886
7 7  Ohio 11,544,951
8 8  Michigan 9,876,187
9 9  Georgia 9,815,210
10 10  North Carolina 9,656,401
11 11  New Jersey 8,821,155
12 12  Virginia 8,096,604
13 13  Washington 6,830,038
14 14  Massachusetts 6,587,536
15 15  Indiana 6,516,922

Click here to see the population data on all U.S. States and Territories, from the United States Census website.

Also, from a density standpoint (population of people per square mile):

  • California has 239 people per square mile – density rank 13th
  • Texas has 96 people per square mile – density rank 28th
  • New York has 411 people per square mile – density rank 9th
  • Florida has 350 people per square mile – density rank 10th

For the density ranking of all 50 states, visit the U.S. Census website, here.