Which State Is the Furthest North, East, and West?

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What Are the Farthest Points in the United States?

By Matt Rosenberg/ThoughtCo

The northernmost state in the United States is easy to guess: Alaska. But what about the state that is the farthest east? This is a trick question. Although you might guess Maine, technically the answer could be considered Alaska as well.

Determining which state is the farthest north, south, east, and west in the United States depends on your perspective. Are you looking at all 50 states or just the lower 48 contiguous states? Are you considering the way it looks on a map or judging by the lines of latitude and longitude?

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: Alaska is the state that is the farthest north, east, and west.

The reason Alaska can be considered the farthest both east and west is that the Aleutian Islands cross the 180-degree meridian of longitude. This places some of the islands in the Eastern Hemisphere and thus degrees east of Greenwich (and the prime meridian.) Also, by this definition, the point farthest to the east is right next to the point farthest to the west: literally, where east meets west.


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