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Top 10 U.S. States Wider than Tall

Name the states with the most "horizontal" shape.
Ratio = ratio of average width to average height
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First submittedSeptember 10, 2019
Last updatedSeptember 12, 2019
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Ratio
State
3.82
Tennessee
2.73
North Carolina
2.31
Kentucky
2.28
Massachusetts
2.18
Virginia
Ratio
State
2.00
Nebraska
1.92
Kansas
1.89
Montana
1.80
South Dakota
1.78
Pennsylvania
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level ∞
Sep 11, 2019
Here's how I computed the average width 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 east-west line without leaving the state. The average width is the average of these distances.
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level 72
Sep 12, 2019
Were the Aleutian Islands included? Or were they just not enough to overcome the enormous "height" of Alaska?
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level ∞
Sep 13, 2019
Yes, they were included. But as there is very little area in the Aleutians they didn't affect the average much.
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level 28
Sep 14, 2019
Technically, it's east-west along the same latitude. A straight east-west line would be along the great circle. sorry for being pedantic
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level 83
Sep 11, 2019
Nice quiz. Unless there is already a quiz addressing it, it would be interesting to do the same with the maximum width vs maximum height (or vice versa for the tall states). For example, Oklahoma is twice as wide as high considering its panhandle but the "average" width is obviously much less.
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level 66
Sep 12, 2019
I agree. I first thought of Oklahoma when I saw this quiz as I was just thinking about ratio of maximum width to maximum height.
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level 70
Sep 11, 2019
any quiz with a banjo is a good quiz to me. Five stars
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level 52
Sep 12, 2019
I love these two quizzes, and I'd love to see others covering the whole world. I bet it would be a job from hell...
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level ∞
Sep 12, 2019
I plan on doing it!
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level 45
Sep 13, 2019
Chile!
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level ∞
Sep 13, 2019
Yep, it's #1 for Countries Taller than Wide.
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level 71
Sep 12, 2019
Almost didn't guess South Dakota when North Dakota wasn't here...
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level 52
Sep 13, 2019
Got Montana with 1 second left!
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level 72
Sep 13, 2019
Hawaii looks, to the naked eye, to be about 2.00. I wouldn't have thought travelling across the water between the islands to be "leaving" the state, but maybe that's how you categorise that here and therefore disqualify Hawaii?