Can You Identify These States From An Outline?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

This is the outline of New York, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. It is notable for being the fourth most populous state and one of the original Thirteen Colonies that eventually formed the United States.

This is the outline of Florida, a state that is located in the southeast part of the United States. Florida is notable for being the southernmost state in the contiguous United States and for having the second longest coastline (after Alaska).

This is the outline of Tennessee, a state that is located in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is notable for its influence in the development of rock and roll, country and blues – in fact, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis all began their recording careers in Memphis.

This is the outline of Texas, a state that is located in the south-central United States. Texas is notable for being the second largest state in the United States in both size (after Alaska) and population (after California).

This is the outline of Iowa, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. It is notable for being one of the safest states in the country and also for its centralized position in the Corn Belt.

This is the outline of Massachusetts, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. Geographically it is also a part of the New England region of the U.S., and it is notable for being the most populous state in this area.

This is the outline of California, a state that is located in the Pacific region of the United States. It is the most populous state and is considered by many to be the global leader in the film industry, with Hollywood being located here.

This is the outline of Montana, a state that is located in the Northwestern United States. The state is bordered to the north by Canada and it is home to several tourist attractions, including national parks, historic landmarks, etc. As a result, the state sees over 12 million tourists annually.

This is the outline of North Carolina, a state that is located in the southeastern area of the United States. North Carolina is notably divided up into exactly 100 counties.

This is the outline of West Virginia, a state that is located in the southern United States. The state was gradually formed after the onset of the Civil War, and West Virginia was eventually admitted to the Union in 1863.

This is the outline of Hawaii, the only U.S. state that is actually located outside of the continent of North America. It is the only state that is made up entirely of islands, and it is also the most recently admitted state.

This is the outline of New Jersey, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. New Jersey is notable for being the fourth smallest state; however, its close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia have made it the most densely populated and the 11th most populous state overall.

This is the outline of Virginia, a state that is located in the southeastern United States. Virginia is notable for having been the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents, a fact that has earned it the nickname "Mother of Presidents."

This is the outline of Colorado, a state that is located in the western United States. While the state does have diverse geographical features, it is most well-known for its mountains, with the highest peak of the Rockies being located here.

This is the outline of New Mexico, a state that is located in the southwestern United States. In terms of demographics, it is notable for being the state with the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino Americans, largely due to its location and history.

This is the outline of Ohio, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. Seven presidents of the United States have been born in Ohio, placing it second in this regard, after Virginia.

This is the outline of Alaska, a state that is located at the northwestern tip of North America. Alaska is the largest U.S. state, being larger than Montana, California and Texas combined. However, it is the most sparsely populated state as well.

This is the outline of Kansas, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. It is considered by many sources to be the geographical center of the contiguous United States.

This is the outline of Idaho, a state that is located in the northwestern United States. While in terms of area it is relatively large (ranking 14th) it is sparsely populated (7th least in population density).

This is the outline of Delaware, a state that is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Delaware is often referred to as the “First State” – due to the fact that it was the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.

This is the outline of Arizona, a state that is located in the southwestern United States. It holds the distinction of being the 48th state, which means that it is also the last of the contiguous states to become a part of the U.S.

This is the outline of Connecticut, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. It is a part of the New England region and was also one of the Thirteen Colonies.

This is the outline of Oklahoma, a state that is located in the south central United States. It is notable for being one of the most business-friendly states in the U.S. and a major producer of natural gas.

This is the outline of Vermont, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. It is not only small in terms of area but it is also notable for being the second smallest state in terms of population.

This is the outline of Wyoming, a state that is located in the western United States. While Wyoming may rank in the top 10 when it comes to the geographical size of states, this is contrasted by it being the state with the smallest population.

This is the outline of Minnesota, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. Minnesota is renowned for its many lakes, a fact that has earned it the nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”

This is the outline of Wisconsin, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. The state is notable for its abundance of Great Lakes coastline, with only Michigan surpassing it in this regard.

This is the outline of North Dakota, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. North Dakota is bordered to the north by Canada and it is home to the KVLY-TV mast, which is officially the tallest man-made structure in the Western Hemisphere

This is the outline of Illinois, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. It is known as the “Land of Lincoln.” It is the home of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the prospective location of the Barack Obama Presidential Center.

This is the outline of South Carolina, a state that is located in the southeastern United States. It is notable for being the very first state that voted in favor of secession from the Union.

This is the outline of Washington, a state that is located in the western United States. It is bordered to the north by Canada and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. As its name suggests, it is named after George Washington.

This is the outline of Indiana, a state that is located in the midwestern United States. It is also notable for being one of the eight states that are a part of the Great Lakes region.

This is the outline of Pennsylvania, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. The state is notable for being one of the Thirteen Colonies and it was also the second state to ratify the United States Constitution.

This is the outline of Utah, a state that is located in the western United States. The state is notable for the large Mormon population (over 60% of the state’s population) and the presence of the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City.

This is the outline of Maine, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. Maine is notable for being the easternmost state that is a part of the U.S. mainland.

This is the outline of Rhode Island, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. It is the smallest state in the U.S. and the eighth least populous. It was also notably the very last of the original states to ratify the United States Constitution.

This is the outline of Louisiana, a state that is located in the southeastern United States. The state is well-known for its rich multicultural (and multilingual) history that still influences it greatly to this day.

This is the outline of New Hampshire, a state that is located in the northeastern United States. It is notable for being the very first British colony (in North America) to officially establish a government that was fully independent of the Crown’s authority.

This is the outline of Kentucky, a state that is located in the southern United States. Kentucky is notable for being one of only four states designated as a commonwealth.

This is the outline of Oregon, a state that is located in the western United States. Along with California and Washington, Oregon is one of only three mainland U.S. states that is washed by the Pacific Ocean.

Explore More Quizzes

Image: bamlou/DigitalVision Vectors/Getty Images

About This Quiz

Read between the lines to figure out these outlines!

While all fifty of them may be a part of one country, each and every one of the states that make up the United States of America is unique in some way. These differences can come in the form of obvious things, like their size and populations, or more intricate factors, like their economies and their geography. Some states, like Alaska, Montana and Texas, are all larger than numerous countries around the world. Other states, like California, have economies that surpass countries like France and the United Kingdom.

We know that you can point at a colorful map and identify all of the states. Everyone knows the names of the 50 states - even kids in elementary school could easily list every single one of them. So, in this quiz, we've decided to up the ante! We want to see if you can correctly identify these U.S. states from just their outlines. Are you ready to put your geographical knowledge to the ultimate test? Then let's get started and see if you've got what it takes!

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!