Can You Name These U.S. States by Their Shapes?

Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

The United States of America is a very diverse and eclectic land. And you can already see that just by looking at a map.

The very extensive map of America is an interesting layout to study for map enthusiasts. One can see the various ways that each state neatly connects to another. And some of the states also have distinguishable shapes that are instantly recognizable, visually, because their borders are formed by rivers, coastlines or other natural geographic features.

The fun of reading the U.S. map also lies in noticing which states border which other states, and how their natural wonders and man-made attractions differ. So if you are planning on a road trip or a train trip across this great nation, then you can see how the states will connect your path for you. And there is always more than one path to exploring this vast and beautiful land.

By looking at the map, you can also see some cultural nuances, both the distinct differences and the cool similarities. Wouldn't it be fun to just explore these sub-regions of the country and see what they all have to offer? So perhaps through this quiz, we can experience that. 

Try your luck? Let's go!

Can you name this West Coast state?

That unmistakable long shape is California. It's like the definitive shape of the West Coast.

How about this state?

That shape is Florida. It's really sunny there.

Can you tell which state this is?

This group of islands makes up Hawaii. The Aloha State is a nice place for a vacay.

How about this state?

Who wouldn't recognize the shape of Texas? It's so unique that it stands out!

How about this state?

Wyoming is that square-shaped state. It's so easy to spot, isn't it?

Guess which state this is?

That tiny speck with the complex coastline is Rhode Island. Yep, it's there!

Which state is shown here?

Ohio's shape is like a vampire with its cape all opened up. That, or we vampire lovers watch too many movies!

Can you guess this East Coast state?

New York's outline touches the border of Canada. Remember that! It also borders Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont.

How about this shape?

What does Oklahoma's shape look like to you? For chefs, it might look like a huge butcher knife!

This is the shape of what state?

Virginia's shape is an interesting one. It looks like an elaborate ladies' hat! It's known as the Old Dominion State.

This shape represents what state?

New Mexico's shape is a bit squarish, like some others. But that small extension below it marks the difference. New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment.

What about this shape?

Oregon is just above California. So it's also on the West Coast. Oregon is the Beaver State.

Can you guess this state?

Washington State is right above Oregon. The Evergreen State touches Canada's border.

This shape is what state?

This one is the Old North State. North Carolina's shape resembles a hawk looking to the left. Look closer!

Can you identify which state this is?

North Dakota, the Peace Garden State, is at the top of the country. It touches Canada's border.

Can you tell which state this is?

Can you see a face in Montana's outline? It's at the left!

Can you state which one this is?

The Heart of Dixie is not really found at the heart of the country. Alabama is a bit far from there.

What about this state?

It might be a bit hard to spot Delaware's shape. But the Diamond State is there!

What about this state?

That sprout-like shape is Alaska indeed. And yes, it's so cold there, always! Alaska borders no other U.S. states - only the country of Canada.

Can you identify this state?

Contrary to popular belief, Chicago is not the capital city of Illinois. It's Springfield. Illinois is known as the Prairie State.

This is easy! Which state is this?

Contrary to popular belief, New Orleans is not the capital of Louisiana. It's Baton Rouge.

Another easy one: Which state is this?

The capital of Arkansas, the Natural State, is Little Rock. Can you figure out where it is in that shape?

What state is this one, by the shape of it?

Mississippi is also called the Hospitality State or the Magnolia State. Its capital is Jackson.

Can you tell the state by this shape?

Did you know that Georgia is also called the Empire State of the South? Its capital is Atlanta.

What is this state, judging by the shape?

Colorado's capital is Denver. It's also the Centennial State's largest city.

And this shape is for which state?

The Hawkeye State is Iowa. Its capital is Des Moines.

This is the shape of which state?

Did you know that Maine is also called Vacationland? Yep, it's good for that!

Can you name which state is this?

Nevada, the Silver State, is where Las Vegas is located. But its capital is Carson City.

Head over to the East Coast! Where is this?

Contrary to popular belief, Pennsylvania's capital is not Philadelphia. It's actually Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is the Keystone State.

Which state shape is shown here?

New Jersey is such an eclectic and multicultural state. Its capital is Trenton.

Which state's outline is this?

Did you know that Michigan is also called the Wolverine State? The capital is Lansing.

How about this?

That small shape is indeed South Carolina. Its capital is Columbia.

Can you name this state?

The capital of South Dakota is Pierre. But its largest city is Sioux Falls.

Identify this one, now!

Wisconsin's capital is Madison. But its largest city is Milwaukee.

Guess which state this is!

Nebraska's capital is Lincoln. But its biggest city is Omaha.

You got this! What is this state?

Vermont's capital is Montpelier. But its biggest city is Burlington.

What’s the name of this state?

Do you know why Utah is nicknamed the Mormon State? That's because they founded their church there.

Don’t give up now! What state is this?

Yep, that silhouette is indeed New Hampshire. It's such a lovely state.

Can you tell what this one is?

This small state is indeed Massachusetts. But the Pilgrim State is historically big.

What state is this?

Kentucky's capital is Frankfort. But its largest city is Louisville.

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