The United States is the third largest country in the world comprising an area of 3,796,742 square miles. The country has an equally huge coastline which measures a whopping 95,439 miles, as per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Of the 50 states of the United States, 30 have a coastline. Some of the states have small coastlines while those of other states are quite long.
Of all the states, Alaska has the longest coastline. According to the NOAA, the coastline of the state is 33,904 miles long. Incidentally, Alaska is also the largest state in the country. It is a non-contiguous state and is situated in the northwest extremity of North America. Alaska shares it borders with the Canadian territories/provinces of Yukon and British Columbia, which lie to its east.
Alaska is surrounded by many seas and oceans. To the north of the state is located the Arctic Ocean; to its west lies the Bering Strait, Bering Sea, and the Chukchi Sea. To the south and southwest are the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean. In the Bering Strait, the territorial waters of Alaska touch those of Russia’s.
At the second place is Florida, but the length of its coastline is way behind that of Alaska. The coastline of Florida is 8,436 miles long. Florida is the only state of the country that borders the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline of Florida is dotted with numerous beaches which are popular tourist spots.
At the third spot is Louisiana with a coastline of 7,721 miles. Located in the southeastern United States, Louisiana shares with borders with Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. The Gulf of Mexico lies to its south.
Some other states with long coastlines are Maine, California, North Carolina, Texas, etc. Meanwhile, Indiana has the shortest coastline which measures just 45 miles.
The map above provides a better understanding of the length of the coastlines of the states.
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