Top Ten Most Important U.S. States

The Top Ten

California California is a state in the Southwestern United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 square kilometers), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento, and the largest city is Los Angeles. ...read more.

I think California deserves the top spot because it's the top in everything! Largest population, by far largest economy, produces the most food (so it could be self-dependent), 3rd most oil (this is a category where good old Texas wins), thousands of tourist attractions, city with 2nd largest population (Los Angeles) (New York beats Cali in this one, but I don't think one city decides if a state is the best), we have the entertainment industry (Hollywood and tons of major studios), Lake Tahoe, Silicon Vally, and, while this doesn't make it any better, I just want to point out we're getting the Olympics 2028 (L.A has had the majority of the U.S's Olympics), the Superbowl in 2022, part of the World Cup, and we have many World-Class Colleges. But even with all the good stuff of California, we are ONE country, so all of that stuff is really an achievement of the U.S as a whole, and all the states are good (except for a few that do literally nothing for the U.S).

Largest economy, largest population, largest agricultural production, most important companies, Silicon Valley, Hollywood. Texas gets its value by virtue of having valuable resources in the ground, but it's California that puts those resources to work.

I have to agree... These are valid comments. Even if one is not fond of California, it's a major engine...

Largest economy, Silicon Valley, most food production, most federal tax, largest population, Hollywood, most beautiful state parks, beaches, the highest point (mountain outside Alaska), lowest point, and a lot more.

If California secedes, it would hurt America more than it would hurt California. California contributes a lot to the federal government, but California isn't very dependent on the federal government. America is also dependent on it's agriculture, and fruits, vegetables, dairy, wine, and nuts prices would go up in price. Many major companies such as Google, Apple, Disney, etc and if they stayed in California (which chances are likely) a]America would be hurt by that as well. And Hollywood is a major culture of America. If California secedes, then America would lose a major part of its identity. The only two ways California would be hurt is by our water supply (the price would shoot up) and tourism would decrease because 20% of the tourists in California would be from other American States. And since many people would be angry at California for seceding, tourism would drop. The fact of the matter is, California is very strong and independent. And it's a very diverse state.

New York New York is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic Region. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is ...read more.

New York is arguably the centre of the world. From the Revolutionary War and even before, New York has been the centre of trade and mixing of culture. The Dutch, Swedish, and English coexisted around New York, and the Founding Fathers originally worked from NYC. The Erie Canal was mostly in NY, and it was a major mode of transportation. The steamboat was originally developed in New York, NYC has all the banks and is the centre of the financial world. Many immigrants are in the USA, bringing the culture of the world together and mixing in a bit of our own, and New York especially does this.

Ahhh, where I am right now. The Yankees have been a crucial role in our nation’s history, and it includes very important things about the country.

New York and California are the top two

I'd have to give New York the edge. Yes California may have the most resources and lots of companies are starting up there, but let's be real. New York is the city of the world. The city of all cities. I have lived in both states.

Texas Texas is a state in the Southern USA. It is the second largest by area and population. Its largest city is Houston.

Only Texas has the power to plunge the USA into another civil war. Why are all eyes always on Texas? Because Texas is the pulse of the Nation. Make no mistake, if Texas were to secede, as the only state with this right, it would be bad, very bad. For this reason Congress puts on kid gloves when dealing with Texas. Texas is the most important, and putting electoral votes aside, the most powerful

What would be bad for the U.S? Texas secedes, Texas loses most of its food (imported from other states), money, large corporations, and has a VERY dangerous country as its neighbor, which won't like Texas anymore. Yeah, go ahead and secede. - Caligula

Economically very powerful state and one of the top Universities (University of Texas, Austin).

Texas is no doubt the strongest. Texas can easily leave the USA at anytime.

Texas is the home to do anything be anything build anything man we have so much room you wouldn't know how to use it. Houston well to be honest houston should speak for itself by now. Enjoy Texas

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Lots of events have happened in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia is one of the most famous cities in the country.

Keystone state influential in the revolutionary and civil war Pittsburgh and steelton produced steel for cars, Gettysburg won us civil war penn state Philadelphia Declaration of Independence lightbulb made in sunbury

Where was the U.S created? PENNSYLVANIA. Where was the first state slavery Abolition Act signed? PENNSYLVANIA. Where was the Constitution created and signed? PENNSYLVANIA. Where was the Declaration of Independence created and signed? PENNSYLVANIA. Who contributed the most to the Civil War? PENNSYLVANIA. Where was the first capital of the United States? PENNSYLVANIA. Pennsylvania has 10x the amount of history than any other state. Also, without Pennsylvania, the U.S would be nothing. A memory of a country that fell before it even became a country. Pennsylvania is EASILY the most important state. Number one.

It may have had all that stuff here, but nowadays, its not that important. I respect Pennsylvania and all, but its not all that important to modern-day U.S.

Texas is not the one with the most history, Pennsylvania is. The U.S would be nothing without Pennsylvania. PA created independence and the constitution. Those 2 things are what pretty much run this country. So Pennsylvania should be number 1 or at least number 2

Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.

The East coast seems to hold the most important states, yet Virginia is actually really important. Birthplace of George Washington and all.

Historically it's the most important state. Today, its critically important for a number of reasons, including almost all internet traffic travels through the state; it houses the Pentagon, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA, and many other government offices; Norfolk is the world's largest naval base and home to more than half of the U.S. carrier fleet; and it's the most beautiful state.

The Supreme court is located there and also the white house. Virginia should be at the top because it has better and most important facts.

American History People! - Read your HISTORY and CONSTITUTION

Beginning and end of the Civil War.

First English Colony

End of the Revolutionary war.

A capital of a country - (Richmond) for 4 years cough cough... Confederacy.

Without Virginia - No Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Madison, Lee, I could go on but I'd be at this all day!

Would we even be a country without these men?

Naval Bases

Top 2 most wealthy counties in the country maybe even the world Loudoun, and Fairfax Counties.

Median income in Loudoun County per family is last I checked $120,000+
highest per family median income by county in U.S. - Take that Maryland!

With West Virginia which is slowly becoming "traditional Virginia" - Thanks NOVA!

I could include their history too, but I don't want to make the Virginia's too unbeatable compared to the lackluster Mississippian states that even think they could come close! - except you Massachusetts, ...more

Massachusetts Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England part of the northeastern region of the United States.

Most important historical state. America would be nothing without it.

Boston is one of my favorite cities in the country. A huge role in the nation’s history belongs to Massachusetts.

I am biased because I live here but besides being the birthplace of the country it was the birthplace of the industrial revolution in this country. Then there's a whole list of first that happened here. This small state punches above it's weight in many areas.

This state has quite possibly the most important historic influence as well as an incredibly strong, in some cases the strongest, presence in the fields of education, medicine and science, finance, entrepreneurship, military, technology, and various industries. MA is also a leader in social movements towards a free-er America and is the home to several ideas that sparked social change, for example, being the first state to legalize gay marriage. We also have some of the strongest state pride (I am an example) and our leadership is strong, for example, Menino was the mayor of Boston for life and Walsh probably will be too. Great state and Go Sox!

Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

Thomas Edison (Electricity), The Wright Brothers (Flight), and Superman (Klark Kent)

I live in Ohio and it is perfect because I live in a nice neighborhood

It's just awesome, and so are the 7 presidents that came from there!

Produced the most steel, tires, glass, inventors, astronauts (as well as flight), presidents (7 presidents, tied with Virginia), important generals (Grant, Sheridan, Sherman).

Florida Florida is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

Florida takes old people and Yankees tired of the cold. Very important.

I think that Florida would be a pretty important state because many people go there and it has so many tourist attractions and it is probably pretty much a rich state and people totally love it and it seems like they do raise tons of money from business work.

Florida, the capital of the sun shine. Plenty of activities, best beaches in USA, cheaper boat prices to rent and to buy, great food (plenty of restaurants multicultural), great oranges, Orlando Disney, Cape Canaveral a must see place, Miami the greatest and most friendly city in US with its number one international ariport in the states and number one cruisses port on the planet, the gulf coast with the most relaxing beaches, and most lovely sunsets on the planet, lots and lots of water springs and camping sites, unnumbered diving activities, the great miami the third most populated area in US. The everglades national park with the slowest river on earth and the unique Florida panther that can be seen only here...Priceless state!

There are four major cities experiencing major job growth.

Illinois Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.

They have great colleges and historical sites there. Go Abraham Lincoln!

I live in Illinois. Illinois is number one is selling our pumpkins, and we are not affected by things much. We hardly have any natural disasters and we are usually friendly. Plus, half of our food comes from hand grown farms. We have the freshest water, the most food, and we know how to survive.

5th or 6th largest population. Prominent in bringing about the nuclear age and leader in nuclear energy.

Birthplace of McDonalds Franchise.

4th largest producer of corn.

Illinois has produced some of the world most commonly used items out of the world fair, including the zipper!

Maryland Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

We're America in Miniature, diverse in every way, border the state capital, we have Baltimore, the Chesapeake bay, soooo much history, many famous people were born here, we're the richest state, The Star Spangled Banner was written here, and we have great scenery. MARYLAND RULES!

There is Washington D.C. So it should be the Most important. I saw the White House

Pretty sure DC is on Maryland’s dirt and grass, and the state itself is very historical.

Allow me to make a list of a few reasons why Maryland is so important.

-Maryland holds the record for the bloodiest one day battle on American soil, Antietam
-Maryland school systems are ranked some of the most successful in all of the united states.
-Maryland is the origin state of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Wilkes Booth, Spiro T. Agnew, John Hopkins, and more.
-Would have led to a likely movement of the country's capital if Maryland had seceded from the union during the Civil War.
-Has the highest median income of any American state.
-Was the origin state of the Star Spangled Banner.
-Allowed Abraham Lincoln to almost end slavery two years before it was legally stopped.

That's just a small list. There are plenty more details that could have been listed, but simply researching the eighth smallest state by land mass, you may find some interesting information about the place.

The Contenders

New Hampshire

Yeah right!

So relevant

Louisiana

Louisiana is an important economic region not just for the South, but the entire Midwest. Owning the largest port complex in the hemisphere and having the pleasure of having all major American rail lines passing through New Orleans. Louisiana is also pleased to be the major terminus for bulk leaving U.S. farmlands and major bulk good entering the country and towards are industrial and agricultural heartland via the Mississippi River. This is also to mention that the state is a major producer of crude and refined oil and natural gaselection, partnering along with Texas our state fuels the rest of the country and will soon help to keep the lights on Europe with the first U.S. LNG export facility in Shreveport. Overall while we aren't the most important state we can definitely say that at least we're way ahead of Mississippi.

The state's location is at the mouth of the Mississippi River on the Gulf of Mexico. It's very favorable and has played a very important role in the state's development. Because of its location, Louisiana has the world's most busy port system and is one of the most important states for trading in the U.S.

Without Louisiana who knows if there could even be a United states. The state of Louisiana has the most important history. Like the Louisiana purchase. Louisiana is a huge part of history.

Everyone knows Louisiana got cheated. If the Louisiana Territory was split into fourths, we'd be at LEAST the size of Pennsylvania.

Minnesota Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory.

Mayo Clinic SAVED MY LIFE, the Mall Of America is the largest mall in America, should be number 1,and the iron and the farming, there's so much more.

Minnesota should definitely be near the top because of it iron production along with it being one of the most important agricultural states. It is also the foundation for the us health care industry with the Mayo Clinic and united health care. It has many more fortune five hundred companies then a state it’s size should and the Minneapolis area is the largest and most important city for hundreds of miles in every direction and the capital of the north.

Minnesota has Mayo Clinic and The biggest mall in the US! And it's 18? Everyone vote!

Minnesota grows a lot of corn and has the mall of America, I love Minnesota

Delaware Delaware is one of the Mid-Atlantic states located in the Northeast megalopolis region of the United States.

Haven't you heard of the Baltimore protests?

Actually, Washington D.C. is located on Maryland's soil.

The first state in the US.

The best state ever

Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

Arizona is an amazing state, though (in my own opinion) way too hot!

I got use to the heat later on and plus I love how wise the people are here "I said wise as they have a poor education system

Arizona is the most best state I’m living in my opinion YOU HAVE TO GET USE TO THE HEAT out of that it is butiful

Michigan

There is no place like Michigan. The state has the lower peninsula which has diverse population and culture. On the other hand the upper peninsula of Michigan is quite preserved. Surrounded be untouched forests and fresh water coast line, it has plenty of resources and can be one of the most isolated peaceful places to be. As a Yooper myself I am a bit biased.

California can say they are the best and have valid arguments, but they lack something that they can't live without: fresh water. If the Western states were not able to mooch fresh water from Michigan (and they do, just ask anyone who owns waterfront property on the Great Lakes), then they would be in huge trouble. We also provide most of the nation's cereal (both Post and Kellogg's are headquartered in Battle Creek). It's also a little-known fact that next to California, Michigan produces the most diverse amount of agriculture. It produces more fruit than any other state. The Big Three car companies are all headquartered here as well. Not to mention the presence of the University of Michigan, which is a well-respected university worldwide, not just nationally. Plus, there is a ridiculous amount of natural resources in the Upper Peninsula that have hardly been touched. That's not even including the fact that Michigan built Chicago twice (get your act together Illinois) with its vast ...more

Constantly underrated because of the stigma around Detroit. Never mind that this city was once one of the wealthiest in the world. The Detroit institute of Arts is also a national crown Jewel. But enough about Detroit, that is only one facet of this great state. This state is also home to the country's largest law school, Cooley Law School and two nationally recognized universities University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Then there is the true beauty of this land. Four out five of the Great Lakes surround these two peninsulas. With an unbelievable amount of sandy coastline. When so many states are suffering from water shortages this state is surrounded by one forth of the fresh water supplies in the world. No matter were you are located in this state you are never more than six miles from a body of water. Then there is the upper peninsula. This part of the state is virtually untouched. There is more residents in Ingham county (states capital Lansing) then there is in the ...more

Does not make sense at all that Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, New Hampshire and Minnesota are more important than MI.

Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

Washington has really nice people and the population is amazing. The children's schools are 10/10 Most of all, fantastic view!

Some of the most important companies in the world are from washington, wuthout this state the economy might be even worse than now

I live in washington and I think it's a beautiful, amazing and a cool state

Has some of the biggest company's in the world like Microsoft.

Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.

Last of the confederate states to fall, 4th us state, 13th and last colony (which was a war/buffer colony) Country, city, suburbs, 6th most important state in exports, highest migration rate of the south, top in business, chicken, watermelon, onions, peaches, peanuts, pecans, coca cola, worlds busiest airport, largest state east of Mississippi, largest aquarium, 2nd Hollywood, real southern hospitality, one of the most diverse states, exotic animals, we are the only fans of our sport teams because we don't just go for favorites or switch to top teams, Georgia pride

Olympics Hosts, Worlds Busiest Airport, Empire of the South

Home to one of the largest companies in the world:Coca Cola

There's a reason we were the only state on the east coast to host the olympics...
Atlanta is the gateway to the south
Most musical legends and athletes come out of here. Home of the DAB!

New Jersey New Jersey is a state in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware.

The rivalry between the Yorkers and the Jerseys will never end.

Provides residency for two of the nations largest cities. The Port of Elizabeth, major railroad services, major highways, and one of the busiest airports (Newark) all converge in North Jersey. Culturally, NJ has produced incredible talents including Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Danny DeVito, Whitney Houston, and many countless others. Historically, NJ was an important battle ground during the Revolutionary War. Besides all the above, it's the most ethnically and culturally diverse epicenter in the US outside of NYC. It's the most densely populated state because people love it so much.

New Jersey is technically the backbone of New York in employment. NJ has a better education system and human development index than most of the nation which is a big plus too.

Best state in the world. Thomas Edison.

Hawaii Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959.

The war stage of the Pacific, and an important stop for economic reasons.

Went through a lot in wwII

Colorado Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.

Geographic diversity including some of the highest mountains in North America, presence of microclimates allowing a variety of economic and recreational activities at a given time, large area, greater than average population, relatively high GDP, a strong federal and military presence including the US Mint and US Air Force Academy, Cannabis Legalization, and a sweet flag. Too many reasons to mention.

My opinion on colorado is that the best time to go there is in the winter saying that I live in texas we don't get much snow here so I wouldn't mind going there every winter.

Home of the Air Force. Relatively safe from natural disasters.

Colorado is #1 and everybody knows it

Oregon Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada.

A beautiful state that contributes things such as Nike, also having historical importance with things such as the Oregon trail.

Beautiful nature and one of the cleanest greenest parts of the world!

Great state with lots of help and need and opportunities

This place is awesome

North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

One of the 13 OG colonies, planes were invented here, many military forts including Fort Bragg, U.S.S North Carolina, and much more.

All the military who fight in wars come from ft Bragg in north carolina

North Carolina was the first state in the country to invent tar. Without tar we would not have gone to work with our favorite car. And north Carolina had a boat called the showboat and it was the most decorated battleship in world war 2.

North Carolina has invented tons of things that are popular today. Some examples include: Cheerwine, Pepsi, Harris Teeter, Krispy Kreme, Slim Jim, and Tobacco. We also were the first state visited by England therefore, if NC wasn't here, the country known as the United States wouldn't be here either. We also contributed some of the best soldiers in the Civil War, and a lot of soldiers in WW2. We are a home to an EXTREMELY large and important fort known as Fort Bragg. We were also a very large port state in the US and Wilmington was the key port city. North Carolina is also a very important state when it comes to trading goods and supplies. We were a key factor in the Civil War, We had Fort Fisher which was a fort allowing brigade runners in for the Confederacy. When it fell, the Civil War was pretty much over. It's also very cool to have both Mountains and Beach in our state, and a home to some of the best colleges and basketball teams in the US. Heck, we even have the Biltmore House ...more

Nevada Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.

Massively important for the American tourism industry thanks to Las Vegas and Reno. Additionally, 78% of the US' gold is mined in Nevada; that's 5.4% of global gold production from one state! The Hoover Dam is also an important structure in Nevada, and let's not get started on Area 51

It's called the silver state for a reason

The California of the East

Underrated State

Iowa Iowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west.

Iowa is important the state provides the U.S. with corn and it's nice a peaceful to me.

If your able to get a farm house in the country part of state it could feel like a luxury

Iowa is the leading producer of corn without it we wouldn't have to much corn

Iowa is so peaceful and is one of the most important food producing states

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