The United States of America is one of the most powerful countries in the world. Do you know how many states are there in the US? There are 50 states that make up this country. Each state has its own specialty. In this write-up, you will come to know about the smallest state in USA, according to factors, such as area and population.
Smallest State by Land Area
The smallest state in the country by area is unarguably Rhode Island. This state measures only 3,144 square kilometers, i.e., about 1,214 square miles. The second smallest state is Delaware, which is about twice the size of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island is also called the Ocean State. There are no major areas of the state that are linked to the mainland USA. One more interesting point to be noted is that there is no point in the state that is more than 30 miles from water. The state is cut into half by the Narragansett Bay.
There are many more interesting facts about this state. This state has the longest name. The official name of the state is 'The State of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations'. This was the first state in whole of America to pass a law that abolished slavery on 18th May, 1852.
The first colony to rebel against the British was from the Narraganset Bay on the 10th June, 1772. You will also be interested to know that the first Fourth of July Parade was carried out at Bristol.
It is the first Baptist church site in USA. Women for the first time in history who took part in a strike were from Pawtucket. Motion picture device got its first patent from Rhode Island. The first nine-hole course in America was invented in Newport. And the first and only state to legalize prostitution, you got it right, was Rhode Island.
If you consider the history of this state, it comes out to be a very rich state. The landscape and historical landmarks, make the smallest state one of the most beautiful and best place to live in the US. However, you need to know that this state is not the smallest in terms of population. In fact, it is the 43rd largest state by population.
Smallest State by Population
According to the 2018 statistics, the smallest state by population is Wyoming. The official estimate of 2018 showed the population of Wyoming to be 579,315. Wyoming became a state of USA on the 10th of July, 1890. Cheyenne is the state capital as well as the largest city of Wyoming.
The origin of the name of Wyoming is from a Delaware Indian word 'Maughwauwama'. This word is translated as 'large plains' in English. Wyoming is nicknamed as the 'Equality State'. This is because it was the first ever state that gave women right to vote and hold public office.
Hope the information presented here has helped you learn more facts about United States and enriched your knowledge.