Top 10 U.S. States Taller than Wide

Name the states with the most "vertical" shape.
Ratio = ratio of average height to average width
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Ratio
State
2.43
Delaware
2.09
Rhode Island
2.06
New Hampshire
1.89
Vermont
1.78
Illinois
Ratio
State
1.77
Indiana
1.75
Mississippi
1.65
New Jersey
1.53
Alabama
1.48
Maine
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Level ∞
Sep 11, 2019
Here's how I computed the average height of a state. I represented each state as a grid of 900 points. Then, for each point, I calculated how far you could travel in a straight north-south line without leaving the state. The average height is the average of these distances.
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Level 70
Sep 11, 2019
The methodology should be in the quiz instructions, not the comments.
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Level 71
Sep 11, 2019
oh pfffttt. how is the methodology going to aid your ability to fill out the quiz? It's fine in the comments.
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Level 80
Sep 12, 2019
Because you'll see a ton of comments saying California is obviously much taller than its average width.
Stuff like that.
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2019
If you look at a map, you can see that California is bent into an elbow shape. This is why Reno, Nevada is actually further west than Los Angeles. The methodology used doesn't change anything in this regard.
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Level 79
Sep 13, 2019
I can think of other methodologies that would get California, Florida, and Vermont on this list for sure. Maybe Idaho, too.
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Level 58
Oct 28, 2019
Vermont is already here, and I doubt you could get both Florida and Idaho on here using any sensible methodology. They both have protrusions which affect their ratio quite a lot.
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Level 68
Oct 29, 2019
Wow - I wouldn't have said that Reno was farther west than L.A. It's actually not even very close.
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Level 65
Oct 27, 2019
Rhode Island? I want a recount!
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2019
In my "mental projection map", Rhode Island was kinda square.
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Level 79
Sep 11, 2019
Fun idea for a quiz!!
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Level 63
Sep 11, 2019
Still wondering where Cali falls into this...
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Level 78
Sep 11, 2019
And Idaho.
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2019
California #17, Idaho #15.
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Level 60
Sep 11, 2019
Florida??
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2019
#11
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Level 72
Sep 12, 2019
Man, the Mercator projection really messes with reality.
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Level 58
Sep 12, 2019
It doesn't have anything to do with the Mercator projection. This is actually one of the few cases where the Mercator projection hardly changes the figures at all.
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Level 61
Sep 12, 2019
I'm guessing the methodology used is why these results.
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Level 63
Sep 13, 2019
Ya think?
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Level 41
Oct 28, 2019
Any system for calculating the "height" and "width" of a state that leaves out California or Idaho is, to put it politely, idiotic. Why not use latitude and longitude to measure these?
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Level ∞
Oct 28, 2019
For one, longitude is not the same distance at every latitude. But the bigger problem is that California is actually very wide. You probably don't have an accurate picture of it in your head.
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Level 69
Oct 28, 2019
This tall thing really bugs me. I wish it was more long than they are wide. Or you could make it “the most meridional states” and explain what that means in the description.
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Level 52
Oct 28, 2019
California, Idaho, Nevada, Michigan, and Minnesota not on the list? Time to make a new list.
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Level 69
Oct 28, 2019
Why? All of those states have much larger width ratios than the current set of answers.