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List of U.S. states and territories by elevation facts for kids

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Map of USA elevations with territories 2
State and territory high points are shown as red circles. Low points are shown with green squares, except in states / territories whose lowest elevation spans coastlines or lake shores (the Great Lakes or Lake Champlain). California and Louisiana have coastlines, but also have low points below sea level. The 5 major U.S. territories and the District of Columbia are in insets. The U.S. Minor Outlying Islands are not on the map.

The elevation of the U.S. states, the federal district, and the territories may be described in several ways. These include:

  • the elevation of their highest point;
  • the elevation of their lowest point; and
  • the difference between (range of) their highest points and lowest points.

The following list is a comparison of elevation absolutes in the United States. Data include interval measures of highest and lowest elevation for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories.

Which state or territory is "highest" and "lowest" is determined by the definition of "high" and "low". For instance, Alaska could be regarded as the highest state because Denali, at 20,310 feet (6,190.5 m), is the highest point in the United States. However, Colorado, with the highest mean elevation of any state as well as the highest low point, could also be considered a candidate for "highest state". Determining which state is "lowest" is equally problematic. California contains the Badwater Basin in Death Valley, at 279 feet (85 m) below sea level, the lowest point in the United States; while Florida has the lowest high point, and Delaware has the lowest mean elevation. Florida is also the flattest state, with the smallest difference between its highest and lowest points.

The list of highest points in each state is important to the sport of highpointing, where enthusiasts attempt to visit the highest point in each of the contiguous 48 states, or in all 50 states, or in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the territories. As of 2006, 155 people had reached the fifty state highpoints. Roughly 200–300 people attend the Highpointers Club convention each year.

All elevations in the table below have been adjusted to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988. The mean elevation for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico is accurate to the nearest 100 ft (30 m). Mean elevation data is unavailable for the other U.S. territories.

Elevation table

Elevations of the 50 states, the federal district, and the territories

State
federal district
or territory
Highest point Highest elevation Rank (High point) Lowest point Lowest elevation Mean elevation Elevation span
 Alabama Cheaha Mountain &100000000000007355000002,413 ft
736 m
38 Gulf of Mexico &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000152000000500 ft
150 m
&100000000000007355000002,413 ft
736 m
 Alaska Denali &1000000000000619050000020,310 ft
6190.5 m
1 Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000005790000001,900 ft
580 m
&1000000000000619050000020,310 ft
6190.5 m
 American Samoa Lata Mountain on Ta‘ū island &100000000000009662000003,170 ft
966 m
35 Pacific Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000000000000NA &100000000000009662000003,170 ft
966 m
 Arizona Humphreys Peak &1000000000000385189100012,637 ft
3852 m
12 Colorado River at Sonora border, San Luis, Arizona &1000000000000002200000072 ft
22 m
&100000000000012500000004,100 ft
1250 m
&1000000000000382989100012,565 ft
3830 m
 Arkansas Mount Magazine &100000000000008390000002,753 ft
839 m
37 Ouachita River at Louisiana border &1000000000000001669999955 ft
17 m
&10000000000000198000000650 ft
200 m
&100000000000008222999992,698 ft
822 m
 California Mount Whitney &1000000000000442100000014,505 ft
4421.0 m
2 Badwater Basin in Death Valley Template:Number table sorting/negative−279 ft
−85 m
&100000000000008840000002,900 ft
880 m
&1000000000000450600000014,783 ft
4506 m
 Colorado Mount Elbert &1000000000000440119999914,440 ft
4401.2 m
3 Arikaree River at Kansas border &100000000000010108999993,317 ft
1011 m
&100000000000020730000006,800 ft
2070 m
&1000000000000339030000011,123 ft
3390 m
 Connecticut Massachusetts border on the southern slope of Mount Frissell &100000000000007252000002,379 ft
725 m
39 Long Island Sound &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000152000000500 ft
150 m
&100000000000007252000002,379 ft
725 m
 Delaware Near the Ebright Azimuth &10000000000000136199999447 ft
136 m
54 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &1000000000000001800000060 ft
20 m
&10000000000000136199999447 ft
136 m
 District of Columbia Fort Reno &10000000000000124700000409 ft
125 m
55 Potomac River at eastern Maryland border &100000000000000003000001.0 ft
0.3 m
&10000000000000046000000150 ft
50 m
&10000000000000124400000408 ft
124 m
 Florida Britton Hill &10000000000000105099999345 ft
105 m
56 Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000030000000100 ft
30 m
&10000000000000105099999345 ft
105 m
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Brasstown Bald &100000000000014582000004,784 ft
1458 m
25 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000183000000600 ft
180 m
&100000000000014582000004,784 ft
1458 m
 Guam Mount Lamlam &100000000000004060000001,332 ft
406 m
48 Pacific Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000000000000NA &100000000000004060000001,332 ft
406 m
 Hawaii Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawai'i &1000000000000420730000013,803 ft
4207 m
6 Pacific Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000009240000003,030 ft
920 m
&1000000000000420730000013,803 ft
4207 m
 Idaho Borah Peak &1000000000000386106700012,668 ft
3861 m
11 Confluence of Snake River and Clearwater River &10000000000000217400000713 ft
217 m
&100000000000015240000005,000 ft
1520 m
&1000000000000364366699911,954 ft
3644 m
 Illinois Charles Mound &100000000000003763999991,235 ft
376 m
50 Confluence of Mississippi River and Ohio River &10000000000000085200000280 ft
85 m
&10000000000000183000000600 ft
180 m
&10000000000000291199999955 ft
291 m
 Indiana Hoosier Hill &100000000000003830000001,257 ft
383 m
49 Confluence of Wabash River and Ohio River &10000000000000097400000320 ft
97 m
&10000000000000213000000700 ft
210 m
&10000000000000285600000937 ft
286 m
 Iowa Hawkeye Point &100000000000005091999991,671 ft
509 m
45 Confluence of Mississippi River and Des Moines River &10000000000000146300000480 ft
146 m
&100000000000003353000001,100 ft
340 m
&100000000000003628999991,191 ft
363 m
 Kansas Mount Sunflower &100000000000012315999994,041 ft
1232 m
29 Verdigris River at Oklahoma border &10000000000000207099999679 ft
207 m
&100000000000006100000002,000 ft
610 m
&100000000000010245000003,361 ft
1025 m
 Kentucky Black Mountain &100000000000012632999994,145 ft
1263 m
28 Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend &10000000000000078400000257 ft
78 m
&10000000000000229000000750 ft
230 m
&100000000000011849000003,887 ft
1185 m
 Louisiana Driskill Mountain &10000000000000163002000535 ft
163 m
53 New Orleans Template:Number table sorting/negative−8 ft
−2.4 m
&10000000000000030000000100 ft
30 m
&10000000000000165401999543 ft
165 m
 Maine Mount Katahdin &100000000000016064000005,270 ft
1606.4 m
22 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000183000000600 ft
180 m
&100000000000016064000005,270 ft
1606.4 m
 Maryland Hoye-Crest &100000000000010240000003,360 ft
1024 m
33 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000107000000350 ft
110 m
&100000000000010240000003,360 ft
1024 m
 Massachusetts Mount Greylock &100000000000010634000003,489 ft
1063 m
32 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000152000000500 ft
150 m
&100000000000010634000003,489 ft
1063 m
 Michigan Mount Arvon &100000000000006032000001,979 ft
603 m
41 Lake Erie &10000000000000174000000571 ft
174 m
&10000000000000274000000900 ft
270 m
&100000000000004291999991,408 ft
429 m
 Minnesota Eagle Mountain &100000000000007014998002,302 ft
701 m
40 Lake Superior &10000000000000183199999601 ft
183 m
&100000000000003660000001,200 ft
370 m
&100000000000005182999991,700 ft
518 m
 Mississippi Woodall Mountain &10000000000000246000000807 ft
246 m
52 Gulf of Mexico &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000091000000300 ft
90 m
&10000000000000246000000807 ft
246 m
 Missouri Taum Sauk Mountain &100000000000005401000001,772 ft
540 m
44 Saint Francis River at southern Arkansas border &10000000000000070099999230 ft
70 m
&10000000000000244000000800 ft
240 m
&100000000000004700000001,542 ft
470 m
 Montana Granite Peak &1000000000000390350000012,807 ft
3903.5 m
10 Kootenai River at Idaho border &100000000000005497999991,804 ft
550 m
&100000000000010360000003,400 ft
1040 m
&1000000000000335369999911,003 ft
3354 m
 Nebraska Panorama Point &100000000000016540999995,427 ft
1654 m
20 Missouri River at Kansas border &10000000000000256100000840 ft
256 m
&100000000000007920000002,600 ft
790 m
&100000000000013980000004,587 ft
1398 m
 Nevada Boundary Peak &1000000000000400709999913,147 ft
4007 m
9 Colorado River at California border &10000000000000146699999481 ft
147 m
&100000000000016760000005,500 ft
1680 m
&1000000000000386040000012,665 ft
3860 m
 New Hampshire Mount Washington &100000000000019166059996,288 ft
1917 m
18 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000003048000001,000 ft
300 m
&100000000000019166059996,288 ft
1917 m
 New Jersey High Point &100000000000005497000001,803 ft
550 m
43 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000076000000250 ft
80 m
&100000000000005497000001,803 ft
550 m
 New Mexico Wheeler Peak &1000000000000401330000013,167 ft
4013.3 m
8 Red Bluff Reservoir on Texas border &100000000000008667000002,844 ft
867 m
&100000000000017370000005,700 ft
1740 m
&1000000000000314659999910,323 ft
3147 m
 New York Mount Marcy &100000000000016285699995,343 ft
1628.57 m
21 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000003048000001,000 ft
300 m
&100000000000016285699995,343 ft
1628.57 m
 North Carolina Mount Mitchell &100000000000020373119996,684 ft
2037 m
16 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000213000000700 ft
210 m
&100000000000020373119996,684 ft
2037 m
 North Dakota White Butte &100000000000010692000003,508 ft
1069 m
31 Red River of the North at Manitoba border &10000000000000229000000751 ft
229 m
&100000000000005790000001,900 ft
580 m
&100000000000008402000002,757 ft
840 m
 Northern Mariana Islands Unnamed point on Agrihan island &100000000000009650000003,166 ft
965 m
36 Pacific Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000000000000NA &100000000000009650000003,166 ft
965 m
 Ohio Campbell Hill &100000000000004722500001,549 ft
472 m
47 Ohio River at Indiana border &10000000000000138800000455 ft
139 m
&10000000000000259000000850 ft
260 m
&100000000000003334499991,094 ft
333 m
 Oklahoma Black Mesa &100000000000015164800004,975 ft
1516 m
23 Little River at Arkansas border &10000000000000088099999289 ft
88 m
&100000000000003960000001,300 ft
400 m
&100000000000014283800004,686 ft
1428 m
 Oregon Mount Hood &1000000000000342880000011,249 ft
3428.8 m
13 Pacific Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000010060000003,300 ft
1010 m
&1000000000000342880000011,249 ft
3428.8 m
 Pennsylvania Mount Davis &100000000000009792000003,213 ft
979 m
34 Delaware River at Delaware border &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000003353000001,100 ft
340 m
&100000000000009792000003,213 ft
979 m
 Puerto Rico Cerro de Punta &100000000000013380000004,390 ft
1338 m
27 Atlantic Ocean (Caribbean sea) &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000261000000856 ft
261 m
&100000000000013380000004,390 ft
1338 m
 Rhode Island Jerimoth Hill &10000000000000247300000811 ft
247 m
51 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000061000000200 ft
60 m
&10000000000000247300000811 ft
247 m
 South Carolina Sassafras Mountain &100000000000010850999993,560 ft
1085 m
30 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000107000000350 ft
110 m
&100000000000010850999993,560 ft
1085 m
 South Dakota Black Elk Peak &100000000000022080000007,244 ft
2208 m
15 Big Stone Lake on Minnesota border &10000000000000295000000968 ft
295 m
&100000000000006710000002,200 ft
670 m
&100000000000019130000006,276 ft
1913 m
 Tennessee Clingmans Dome &100000000000020249000006,643 ft
2025 m
17 Mississippi River at Mississippi border &10000000000000054200000178 ft
54 m
&10000000000000274000000900 ft
270 m
&100000000000019707000006,466 ft
1971 m
 Texas Guadalupe Peak &100000000000026673820008,751 ft
2667 m
14 Gulf of Mexico &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000005180000001,700 ft
520 m
&100000000000026673820008,751 ft
2667 m
United States United States Minor Outlying Islands Unnamed point on Navassa Island &10000000000000085000000279 ft
85 m
57 Pacific Ocean (8 islands) and Caribbean Sea (Navassa Island) &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000000000000NA &10000000000000085000000279 ft
85 m
 Utah Kings Peak &1000000000000412514999913,534 ft
4125 m
7 Beaver Dam Wash at Arizona border &100000000000006643999992,180 ft
664 m
&100000000000018590000006,100 ft
1860 m
&1000000000000346075000011,354 ft
3461 m
 Vermont Mount Mansfield &100000000000013396900004,395 ft
1340 m
26 Lake Champlain &1000000000000002900000095 ft
29 m
&100000000000003048000001,000 ft
300 m
&100000000000013106900004,300 ft
1311 m
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands (U.S.) Crown Mountain on the island of Saint Thomas &100000000000004740000001,555 ft
474 m
46 Atlantic Ocean (Caribbean Sea) &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000000000000NA &100000000000004740000001,555 ft
474 m
 Virginia Mount Rogers &100000000000017462000005,729 ft
1746 m
19 Atlantic Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &10000000000000290000000950 ft
290 m
&100000000000017462000005,729 ft
1746 m
Washington Washington Mount Rainier &1000000000000439439599914,417 ft
4394 m
4 Pacific Ocean &10000000000000000000000sea level &100000000000005180000001,700 ft
520 m
&1000000000000439439599914,417 ft
4394 m
 West Virginia Spruce Knob &100000000000014820999994,863 ft
1482.1 m
24 Potomac River at Virginia border &10000000000000073000000240 ft
73 m
&100000000000004570000001,500 ft
460 m
&100000000000014090999994,623 ft
1409 m
 Wisconsin Timms Hill &100000000000005947000001,951 ft
595 m
42 Lake Michigan &10000000000000176479999579 ft
176 m
&100000000000003200000001,050 ft
320 m
&100000000000004182200001,372 ft
418 m
 Wyoming Gannett Peak &1000000000000420910000013,809 ft
4209.1 m
5 Belle Fourche River at South Dakota border &100000000000009451000003,101 ft
945 m
&100000000000020420000006,700 ft
2040 m
&1000000000000326400000010,709 ft
3264 m
United States Denali, Alaska &1000000000000619050000020,310 ft
6190.5 m
Badwater Basin, California Template:Number table sorting/negative−279 ft
−85 m
&100000000000007620000002,500 ft
760 m
&1000000000000627550000020,589 ft
6275.5 m

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