Can You Identify All 50 States on a US Map?

By: Tasha Moore
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Here's your chance to test your U.S. geography aptitude! Take this geography test to see how many of the 50 states you can identify on a map. We give you plenty of clues to make a wise guess. When was the last time you studied a map? A great photographic memory will come in handy for this mental visualization feat!

It's the strangely-shaped states that will help you the most. States like West Virginia, Idaho, Maryland and Florida are super easy to recall because of their unique shapes. But for box-shaped states, like Wyoming, South Dakota and Oregon, knowing specific facts about these states will probably win you more answers. In this quiz, you'll learn how certain states received their peculiar contouring; bodies of water and mountainous terrain greatly assisted cartologists in determining the configurations of many U.S. states. Then again, some state borders lie in the middle of major waterways. It makes you wonder how those boundaries were drawn. Perhaps they used water-resistant ink in those days.

You'll get to ponder these intriguing details in just a few scrolls. How much U.S. territory can your brain master?

Maine is the largest New England state by land area in the northeast region of the United States. Canadian territory surrounds the state's northeast and northwest boundaries.

The Pacific Ocean hugs California's westernmost edge. Oregon border's the state's northern edge, and Mexico hems California's southern border.

The Hudson River spans New York state from as far south as Brooklyn and Staten Island to as far north as Henderson Lake. New York state sits immediately north of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Hawaii is a volcanic state nestled in the Pacific Ocean and west of the 48 contiguous U.S. states of North America. Honolulu, the state's capital city, is located on the island of Oahu.

Springfield, Illinois is the state's capital city, which is located in its western-central region. Illinois borders Indiana to the west, Wisconsin to the south, and Iowa and Missouri to the east.

Chowan River and Pamilico River are just a few of the streams that pierce North Carolina's inner coastal region on the state's eastern border, which it shares with the Atlantic Ocean. North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh, is approximately 515 miles south of New York City, and 450 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida.

The capital city of Indiana is Indianapolis, which is situated approximately 190 miles west of Columbus, Ohio. Kentucky borders Indiana's entire southern edge.

Georgia and Alabama lie along Florida's northern edge. Key West, Florida, is the southernmost city in mainland U.S.A.

Washington state is huddled in the nation's northwestern-most corner. Canada lies due north of the state; Oregon spans Washington's entire southern border, while Idaho rims the state's eastern edge.

The Great Lakes split Michigan into two land masses. Michigan's westernmost land mass shares its southern border with Wisconsin, and the easternmost land mass of the state is due north of Indiana and Ohio.

Columbus is Ohio's capital city and the state's largest municipality; Cleveland is the state's second-largest. Along with Lake Erie, Ohio shares its northern border with the state of Michigan.

The Gulf of Mexico also borders Mississippi's southernmost edge. The Mississippi River contours the state's northwestern side that it shares with Arkansas and Louisiana.

Sections of the massive Mississippi River border Kentucky's western edge, a southwest border that it shares with Missouri. Kentucky Lake punctures the border that Kentucky shares with Tennessee, which lies southward.

Kansas City, Kansas, is the major metropolitan city located near Missouri. Nebraska borders the northern edge of Kansas; Oklahoma neighbors Kansas to the immediate south; and Colorado rims Kansas' entire western border.

The Mississippi River frames Iowa's entire eastern border. The state is sandwiched between Minnesota to its north and Missouri to its south.

Colorado is considered one of the U.S. Mountain states. The state encompasses the Rocky Mountains which span more than 3,000 miles of the Southwestern United States and into western Canada.

New Hampshire shares the nation's northeastern-most corner with Maine to the east and Vermont to its immediate west. Massachusetts borders New Hampshire's southern rim.

British Columbia encompasses the Canadian territory that touches Idaho's northern border. The small provincial town of Creston in British Columbia is approximately 250 miles north of Orofino, Idaho.

Delaware is a densely populated state that hugs Maryland's eastern perimeter. Pennsylvania lies due north of Delaware.

Ohio lies to the west of West Virginia, and Pennsylvania as well as Maryland share the state's northern border. Virginia and Kentucky rim the state's southern border. Virginia and Maryland also share West Virginia's eastern border.

Canada borders Vermont, New York and New Hampshire to the north. Montreal, Canada, lies approximately 130 miles northwest of Vermont's capital city, Montpelier.

Texas lies to the west of Louisiana and Mississippi hugs Louisiana's eastern edge. In Louisiana, there are approximately 4,600 square miles of water statewide.

Missouri shares borders with Kansas to the west, Nebraska to the northwest, Iowa to the north, Illinois to the east, Kentucky and Tennessee to the southeast, Arkansas to the south and Oklahoma to the southwest. The Mississippi River rims Missouri's eastern perimeter.

Lake Superior touches Wisconsin's northern edge, and Lake Michigan hugs the state's eastern shoreline. Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin River and Petenwell Lake are the state's most prominent inland bodies of water.

New Jersey and New York share Pennsylvania's eastern border. West Virginia's panhandle region and Ohio lie immediately west of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland share the states southern border.

The Atlantic Ocean lines on South Carolina's southeast edge. Its most populous city, Charleston, lies approximately 106 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia.

The south and southeast regions of New Jersey jut into the Atlantic Ocean. The state is also surrounded by New York to the north, and Pennsylvania and Delaware to the west.

Canada lies immediately north of Montana. Idaho covers Montana's western edge, Wyoming and Idaho border its southern rim, and it shares its eastern border with North Dakota and South Dakota.

Yellowstone National Park spans Wyoming's northwest corner region. The park also extends into parts of Montana and Idaho.

Alabama is surrounded by Mississippi to its west, Tennessee to the north, Georgia on the east and Florida at the southern edge. One-quarter of Alabama's southern border rims the Gulf of Mexico.

North Dakota is sandwiched between Canada to its north and South Dakota to its south. The state's western area includes some of the Great Plains region of the United States.

Alaska lies in the northwest periphery of the North American continent. Four bodies of water surround the state's northern, western and southern perimeters: Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

The capital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, lies approximately 205 miles north of Dallas, Texas. Red River and Lake Texoma engulf a small section of the Oklahoma-Texas border.

Goose Lake swells the eastern portion of the Oregon-California border, and the Klamath Mountains and Cascade Range span much of the other portion. Oregon is surrounded by Washington state to its north, Idaho to the east, and Nevada and California at its southern edge. The Pacific Ocean borders Oregon's western shoreline.

Maryland surrounds the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, which includes many rivers, such as Chester River, Gunpowder River and North East River. Maryland is surrounded by Delaware to the east, Virginia and the District of Columbia to the south, and Virginia and West Virginia to the west.

Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by population and by land area. Texas is one of five states that border the Gulf of Mexico to the inlet's north.

Georgia shares part of its eastern border with the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Lanier is one of the state's inland bodies of water. Chattahoochee National Forest stamps a little more than half of Georgia's northern border, which the state shares with Tennessee.

Richmond is Virginia's capital city, and it lies roughly 150 miles northeast of Durham, North Carolina. Maryland and the Atlantic Ocean border Virginia's eastern edge, and West Virginia and Kentucky rim Virginia's western border. In addition to North Carolina, Tennessee lines Virginia's southern border.

Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska and lies in the state's southeast region. McConaughy Lake is one of Nebraska's larger bodies of water, but the state has many smaller lakes.

The Quabbin Reservoir is the largest body of water within the entire state of Massachusetts; the Atlantic Ocean rims the state's eastern shoreline. The Quabbin Reservoir spans approximately 38 square miles of the state's western-central region.

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