Can You Guess the State From a List of Its Neighbors?

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Beth Hendricks

7 Min Quiz

The United States' northeasternmost state borders only New Hampshire. Which of these is it?

The Pine Tree State, better known as Maine, is not only the United States' northeasternmost state, but it is also the only state with only one bordering neighbor — New Hampshire. Maine does border the Canadian province of New Brunswick as well.

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The "Volunteer State" might win the award for friendliest; it borders eight different states: Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky. What state are we referencing?

Tennessee is tied with one other state for being the location with the most neighbors — eight in total. Tennessee is roughly 440 miles in length from its western edge to its eastern, which covers a lot of ground!

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Idaho to the east and Oregon to the south are this state's only neighbors. Which state is it?

Washington benefits from being in the United States' westernmost corner, with its western edge facing the Pacific Ocean and its northern border being shared by Canada. That only leaves Idaho to its east and Oregon below as its neighbors.

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Which of these U.S. states borders no other state, but an entirely different country?

Alaska became a state in 1959, but it remains separated from the lower 48, thanks to the presence of the United States' northern neighbor, Canada. Alaska is the United States' largest state in terms of land area.

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This state borders Oregon, Arizona and Nevada in addition to one Mexican state. Which one are we talking about?

California occupies a large portion of the United States' West Coast, bordering neighboring states Oregon (to the north) and both Arizona and Nevada to the east. The Mexican state of Baja California sits at the state's far southern border.

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You can easily travel to Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York from this state, which calls all three "neighbors." What state is it?

New Jersey is a tiny little state with easy access to some of America's largest cities, including the Big Apple (New York) and the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia). New Jersey is considered a peninsula and also has landscape along the Atlantic Ocean.

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This state is sandwiched between North Carolina and Georgia, its only bordering neighbors. What is it?

The Palmetto State, South Carolina, is squeezed between Georgia and North Carolina, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. North and South Carolina used to be one province but then split, causing arguments over what would eventually become the border between the states.

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The Gulf of Mexico marks this state's southern border, but its neighboring states include Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Which one is it?

Louisiana's southern border aligns with the Gulf of Mexico, but it is bordered on its other three sides by Texas (to the west), Mississippi (to the east) and Arkansas (to the north).

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Situated in the midst of the Midwest, this state is bordered by Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky. Which state are we referencing?

Indiana, the Hoosier State, is primely positioned in the midst of the Midwest, anchoring an area known as "America's Heartland." Bordering Indiana are Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky.

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This line between this state and Georgia spawned a country music group's name. It also borders Alabama. What state is it?

There's a reason the group is called "Florida Georgia Line." That's because the two states are neighbors. Florida also neighbors Alabama, which sits directly north of the Florida panhandle.

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Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio border this state, the only one formed because of the Civil War. Which is it?

Pre-Civil War, West Virginia and Virginia were just, well, Virginia. Differing beliefs during the Civil War led to West Virginia seceding from Virginia. Today, its irregular shape means it borders five states in total.

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New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana all know not to mess with this neighboring state that borders all four. Which one are we talking about?

Texas has developed a reputation for itself as a bit of a wild card, with lawmakers there setting their own borders and the rest of the country too afraid to say "no." Today, it is bordered by New Mexico to its west, Oklahoma to its north and Arkansas and Louisiana to its east.

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A sliver of a state, this second smallest locale borders New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. What is it?

Delaware is so small, it has only three counties. Three. Total. It's surrounded by some much larger states, however, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. And if New Jersey is considered larger than you, you know you're pretty tiny.

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South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana make up this state's southern, eastern and western borders. Which state are we referencing?

North Dakota shares its northern border with Canada but is surrounded by another Dakota (that's South Dakota), Minnesota and Montana to its south, east and west. North and South Dakota used to be one state until a dispute over the territory's capital caused a split.

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This state used to use the slogan, "The heart of it all." Its location, surrounded by Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky, likens it to the heart of the region. What is it?

Today, Ohio uses the slogan, "So much to discover," but its location as the center of its bordering states remains the same. You can find Michigan to its north, Indiana to its west, Kentucky to its south and West Virginia and Pennsylvania to its east.

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Which of these states is tied for most neighbors: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky?

Phew, Missouri is really landlocked and a neighbor to many other states. It is tied with Tennessee for the most interstate borders, including those with Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky.

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Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York all border which of the following states?

Massachusetts is New England's most populous state, even though it's not the largest by far. Its neighboring states include New York to its west, Connecticut and Rhode Island to its south and New Hampshire and Vermont to its north. That's a lot of states in a small area!

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Michigan shares a water border with this state, which also butts up to North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. What state are we talking about?

It's fitting that the state known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" shares a water border with Michigan, isn't it? But Minnesota has other neighbors, too, including both Dakotas, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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This state's unique shape gives it borders with Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Oregon, as well as British Columbia in Canada. Where are we?

Idaho takes up nearly 84,000 square miles of territory and has a bit of an identity crisis, being considered part of both the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain states. Its large size gives it borders with numerous states, including Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.

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It's hip to be square, like this state with neighbors New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Kansas and Nebraska. Which one are we referencing?

Colorado is one of the more symmetrical states in the Union, lending itself to a square or rectangular shape. It is surrounded by seven states and nearly Texas, separated by only the tiny panhandle of Oklahoma.

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New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey all call this state a neighbor. Which one is it?

The Keystone State, better known as Pennsylvania, is actually a Commonwealth, which is bordered by six states to its north, south, east and west. Pennsylvania also boasts 140 miles of coastline on Lake Erie.

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You can blaze a "trail" through this state to any of its neighbors: Nevada, Washington, California and Idaho. Where are we?

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon shares its western coast with the Pacific Ocean and the remainder of its borders with the states of Washington (to the north), Idaho to its east, and both California and Nevada to its south.

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This state's shape is similar to Tennessee's, with which it shares a border, in addition to Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. Which state is it?

It's another Commonwealth, that is, the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Its elongated shape, similar to Tennessee's to its south, allows it to "touch" many states, including Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.

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Known as the "Old Line State," this locale shares state lines with Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Where are we?

Maryland, the "Old Line State," is primarily positioned on the Chesapeake Bay estuary, but shares state lines with Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Parts of the state are considered part of the Appalachian region, like its neighbors.

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It's just peachy that this state neighbors North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. Which one is it?

Georgia might be the heart of the south, surrounded by both Carolinas, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. Georgia is home to Atlanta, which is a major hub of transportation, technology, finance, shipping and manufacturing.

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Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, California and Colorado share borders with this state, which also counts Sonora and Baja California as neighbors to its south. Which state are we referring to?

Arizona's positioning means that it has both United States neighbors and Mexican state neighbors. To its north, west and east, it enjoys relationships with Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, California and Colorado.

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This "crooked letter" state from childhood spelling lessons is a neighbor to Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas. Where are we?

Did you learn to spell Mississippi as “M, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, humpback, humpback, I?" If not, you missed out. That was an easy way to learn to spell it. Learning its neighbors, though, is as simple as remembering Louisiana and Arkansas to its west, Tennessee to its north and Alabama to its east.

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Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts border this state, the United States' 46th smallest. What is it?

New Hampshire and Vermont are virtually twins, with one flipped upside down. New Hampshire also borders Maine and Massachusetts as a member of the northeastern United States.

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Situated in the Great Lakes region, which of these states has these neighbors: Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa?

Wisconsin is well known for its contributions to our national love of cheese and dairy, but did you know this northern state also borders four states and two Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior)? Its odd shape gives it lots of neighbors.

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Don't blame it on this state, but they share a border with ... no one! Which state is it?

Hawaii sits entirely in the Pacific Ocean and is made up of 137 different islands. Despite its small size, its vast amount of coastlines adds up to one of the United States' longest coastlines among all 50 of its members.

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The Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash Rivers form part of this state's borders, as do its neighbors Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. Where are we?

The state known as "Land of Lincoln" has busy borders, that's for sure! In addition to three rivers, Illinois is bordered by six different states including Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri.

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New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are neighbors to which of these New England states?

Connecticut may be small, but that doesn't stop it from having its share of border states. It looks like a postage stamp on a map of the United States, bordered by New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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This state shares a maritime border with New York and is also a neighbor to Massachusetts and Connecticut. Where is it?

Rhode Island and New York share a water border, but the locale known as the "Ocean State" is direct neighbors with both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Despite its size, it also borders a small section of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The United States' 45th state counts Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado and Idaho as its neighbors. Which of these states is it?

Utah, the "Beehive State," is a buzz of activity along its borders, counting Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado and Idaho among its neighbors. Utah was admitted to the Union as its 45th state in 1896.

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Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa and Kansas all border this state, which claims residency in both the Great Plains and the Midwest. Which state is it?

Nebraska is uniquely positioned as both part of the Midwest and the Great Plains, sharing its expansive borders with Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa and Kansas.

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You can say "Roll Tide" here, but you might want to save it in its neighboring states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida or Georgia. Where are we?

In Alabama, saying "Roll Tide" in honor of the state's flagship football program at the University of Alabama is as natural as saying "hello." Alabama's neighbors include Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.

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This state rests between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, surrounded by Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri. What state are we referencing?

Iowa sits surrounded in the Midwest by both neighboring states and popular bodies of water. Among the states it shares borders with are Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.

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You'll find the United States' only active diamond mine here, flanked by Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri. Which one of these has it?

Arkansas is home to the United States' only active diamond mine, and it has plenty of neighboring "bodyguards" in these states: Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri.

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Home to the Motor City, residents of Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota can get here quickly. What state is it?

Other than Minnesota, with which it shares a water border, Michigan is flanked by Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. It is home to the Motor City — Detroit — a hub of manufacturing and business for major automakers.

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It's Big Sky Country to locals and shares its borders with South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and North Dakota. What is its name?

Talk about wide-open spaces. Montana's nickname as "Big Sky Country" is due, in part, to its vast landscapes that put the sky on center stage. It shares a border with Wyoming, Idaho and both North and South Dakota.

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You can visit Las Vegas and Reno in this state or any of its neighbors: Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and California. What state is it?

Nevada is a destination for those who love the nightlife; Las Vegas and Reno are two top destinations. Visitors from the neighboring states of Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and California can hop over here in a jiffy.

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The state that's home to the Big Apple shares its borders with Pennsylvania and some decidedly smaller states: Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Which of these is it?

New York is home to one of the world's greatest tourist destinations, New York City, which is easily accessed from its neighboring states, including Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

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This state's nearly rectangular shape lends itself neatly to Nebraska on its north, Oklahoma on its south, and Colorado and Missouri to its west and east, respectively. Where are we?

You could call Kansas the literal "middle" of the United States; the geographic center falls near Lebanon, Kansas. Its shape gives it neatly-positioned neighbors, including Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri.

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Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Arizona and Colorado share a border with which of these western states?

New Mexico's roughly 122,000 square miles takes up a good amount of landscape in the western United States. It's no surprise, then, that it shares borders with multiple states, including Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Arizona and Colorado.

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The "Tarheel State" calls Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina neighbors. Which of these is the "Tarheel State?"

North Carolina's popular nickname has become synonymous with the state's University of North Carolina athletic programs. It shares its unusual borders with Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina.

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Strike out on a journey from this state and you can be in Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado or Kansas quickly depending on your locale. Where are you?

If your travel plans from Oklahoma include trips to Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado or Kansas, you'll be able to get there pretty quickly — depending on where you're starting, of course.

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This state used to be its own country. Now, it's one of 50 and borders New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts. What is it?

Believe it or not, before Vermont joined the Union, it was its own country, just hanging out in the area of the country known as New England. Today, it is the United States' 14th state and a neighbor to New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.

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If you travel to see Mount Rushmore, you may have to pass through one of these states: Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Minnesota and Montana. What state are you traveling to?

South Dakota is home to Mount Rushmore, a giant carving in granite of the faces of important former U.S. presidents. South Dakota is flanked by several western and midwestern states: Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Minnesota and Montana.

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Is it a southern state or just an eastern one? Which state borders North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland?

Virginia is in that unusual space on the map where it's unclear whether to classify it as a southern, northern or eastern state ... or all three! Its neighbors — North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland — aren't much help since many fall into the same category.

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It's the United States' least populated state, but it's surrounded by plenty of friends: Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Montana. Which of these is it?

Wyoming holds the distinction of being the United States' least populated state, but its neighbors make up for it. Colorado alone has more than 5.6 million residents. Its other neighbors include Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho and Montana.

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About This Quiz

Sure, we go by "United States" and, indeed, we are. Forty-eight of our states are contiguous (that means we're connected physically, separated only by invisible borders), while two of them — Hawaii and Alaska — are hanging out doing their own thing. But that doesn't mean there aren't some interesting stories about how each state took shape, though. Sure, Wyoming and Colorado look pretty symmetrical, but have you seen Michigan or Florida, or what about West Virginia?

In fact, there are loads of fascinating anecdotes about how the map we know today came to be. Of course, there were some states whose borders were developed thanks to natural elements or disasters, land disputes, and even war. The Revolutionary War alone can be thanked for giving the 13 states not only their shapes but also their neighbors. Some states, like Texas, created their own boundaries exactly how they wanted them ... just because. We guess this is why you don't mess with Texas!

We're wondering, though: Can you name the state if we give you a couple of its neighbors? Who borders only New Hampshire? Which state wants all the neighbors, sharing borders with Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska? Think back to your U.S. geography class and map out your answers!


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