List of landlocked U.S. states Article

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A landlocked state in the United States is any state whose territorial boundaries do not touch an ocean, gulf, or bay. All of the landlocked states in the U.S. are situated in the contiguous 48 states on the North American mainland.

The landlocked U.S. states do not touch any ocean, gulf, or bay
  • 16 states and the federal capital, the District of Columbia, are considered to be singly landlocked given that one must travel through only one other U.S. state, Mexican state, or Canadian province to reach an ocean, gulf, or bay. One state, Hawaii, is completely insular, meaning it only borders water and no other territories.
  • 10 states are considered doubly landlocked because to reach a major body of water, one must travel through two U.S. states, Mexican states, or Canadian provinces. [1]
  • Only 1 state, Nebraska, is triply landlocked as one must travel through three U.S. states, or two U.S. states and one Canadian province to reach an ocean, gulf, or bay

Singly landlocked

The 16 singly landlocked states, and the District of Columbia, with routes to their nearest ocean, gulf, or bay:

Doubly landlocked

The 10 doubly landlocked states, with routes to their nearest ocean, gulf, or bay:

  • Colorado – New Mexico or Oklahoma, then Texas to the Gulf of Mexico
  • Illinois – Michigan (water boundary) then Ontario to James Bay or, Kentucky then Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean
  • Indiana – Michigan then Ontario to Hudson Bay; or, Kentucky then Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean
  • Iowa – Minnesota then Manitoba or Ontario to James Bay or Hudson Bay
  • Kansas – Oklahoma then Texas to the Gulf of Mexico
  • Missouri – Arkansas then Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas to the Gulf of Mexico; or, Oklahoma then Texas to the Gulf of Mexico; or, Tennessee then Alabama or Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico; or, Tennessee then Virginia, North Carolina, or Georgia to the Atlantic Ocean; or, Kentucky then Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean
  • South Dakota – Minnesota then Ontario to James Bay; or North Dakota then Manitoba to Hudson Bay
  • Utah – Idaho then British Columbia, Washington or Oregon to the Pacific Ocean; or Nevada or Arizona, then California to the Pacific Ocean; or Nevada then Oregon to the Pacific Ocean
  • Wisconsin – Michigan or Minnesota, then Ontario to James Bay or Manitoba to Hudson Bay
  • Wyoming – Idaho then British Columbia, Washington or Oregon to the Pacific Ocean; or, Montana then British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean

Triply landlocked

Nebraska is the only triply landlocked state. [2] To reach an ocean, gulf, or bay from Nebraska, one must travel through at least three states, such as through Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina to reach the Atlantic Ocean, or through Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon to reach the Pacific.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Doubly Landlocked US States". World Atlas. World Atlas. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ Fischer, Deb. "Senate Passes Fischer-Sasse USS Omaha Resolution New Littoral Combat Ship Will Be Commissioned This Weekend". Deb Fischer – U.S. Senator for Nebraska. United States Senate. Retrieved 9 November 2018.