March 19, 2018

U.S. State Birthdays- Sorted by Year and Date Formed, State Name, Time Zone

U.S. State Birthdays - Welcome to Delaware
While July 4, 1776 was the birthday of the nation we know as the United States of America, did you know that not even one state was officially a U.S. state until 1787? 

Sixteen (16) states were formed between 1787 and 1796 (before 1800). Twenty-nine (29) states were formed in the 1800s, while the remaining five (5) were formed in the 1900s (1907-1959). The last state formed in the continental United States was Arizona (Feb. 14, 1912). Hawai'i and Alaska became states in 1959. 

In modern American culture, if you have the 25 cent piece or quarter, look on the back. There are some quarters with states on the back. Some people collect them, while others just like to see the pictures and information on the back that depict each state. 



If you'd like to know more about the state's birthdays in terms of the year they entered the Union, see the chart below. 


State Birthdays Grouped Based on Birth Year 


State Birthdays Sorted by Birth Year
State
Abbreviation
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
Delaware
DE
Dec. 7
1787
Dover
New Jersey
NJ
Dec. 18
1787
Trenton
Pennsylvania
PA
Dec. 12
1787
Harrisburg
Connecticut
CT
Jan. 9
1788
Hartford
Georgia
GA
Jan. 2
1788
Atlanta
Maryland
MD
Apr. 28
1788
Annapolis
Massachusetts
MA
Feb. 6
1788
Boston
New Hampshire
NH
Jun. 21
1788
Concord
New York
NY
Jul. 26
1788
Albany
South Carolina
SC
May. 23
1788
Columbia
Virginia
VA
Jun. 25
1788
Richmond
North Carolina
NC
Nov. 21
1789
Raleigh
Rhode Island
RI
May. 29
1790
Providence
Vermont
VT
Mar. 4
1791
Montpelier
Kentucky
KY
Jun. 1
1792
Frankfort
Tennessee
TN
Jun. 1
1796
Nashville
Ohio
OH
Feb. 19
1803
Columbus
Louisiana
LA
Apr. 30
1812
Baton Rouge
Indiana
IN
Dec. 11
1816
Indianapolis
Mississippi
MS
Dec. 10
1817
Jackson
Illinois
IL
Dec. 3
1818
Springfield
Alabama
AL
Dec. 14
1819
Montgomery
Maine
ME
Mar. 15
1820
Augusta
Missouri
MO
Aug. 10
1821
Jefferson City
Arkansas
AR
Jun. 15
1836
Little Rock
Michigan
MI
Jan. 26
1837
Lansing
Florida
FL
Mar. 3
1845
Tallahassee
Texas
TX
Dec. 29
1845
Austin
Iowa
IA
Dec. 28
1846
Des Moines
Wisconsin
WI
May. 29
1848
Madison
California
CA
Sept. 9
1850
Sacramento
Minnesota
MN
May. 11
1858
St. Paul
Oregon
OR
Feb. 14
1859
Salem
Kansas
KS
Jan. 29
1861
Topeka
West Virginia
WV
Jun. 15
1863
Charleston
Nevada
NV
Oct. 31
1864
Carson City
Nebraska
NE
Mar. 1
1867
Lincoln
Colorado
CO
Aug. 1
1876
Denver
Montana
MT
Nov. 8
1889
Helena
North Dakota
ND
Nov. 2
1889
Bismarck
South Dakota
SD
Nov. 2
1889
Pierre
Washington
WA
Nov. 11
1889
Olympia
Idaho
ID
Jul. 3
1890
Boise
Wyoming
WY
Jul. 10
1890
Cheyenne
Utah
UT
Jan. 4
1896
Salt Lake City
Oklahoma
OK
Nov. 16
1907
Oklahoma City
Arizona
AZ
Feb. 14
1912
Phoenix
New Mexico
NM
Jan. 6
1912
Santa Fe
Alaska
AK
Jan. 3
1959
Juneau
Hawaii
HI
Aug. 21
1959
Honolulu

State Birthdays Grouped Based on Birth Date (Month and Date) 
Do you want to keep track of the state birthdays based on the yearly calendar? The chart below has organized the states based on the month and day they were formed (not year). 


Sorted by Birthdate (Number format is MM/DD)
State
Abbreviation
Birthdate
Birth Day
Birth Year
Capital City
Georgia
GA
1/2
Jan. 2
1788
Atlanta
Alaska
AK
1/3
Jan. 3
1959
Juneau
Utah
UT
1/4
Jan. 4
1896
Salt Lake City
New Mexico
NM
1/6
Jan. 6
1912
Santa Fe
Connecticut
CT
1/9
Jan. 9
1788
Hartford
Michigan
MI
1/26
Jan. 26
1837
Lansing
Kansas
KS
1/29
Jan. 29
1861
Topeka
Massachusetts
MA
2/6
Feb. 6
1788
Boston
Arizona
AZ
2/14
Feb. 14
1912
Phoenix
Oregon
OR
2/14
Feb. 14
1859
Salem
Ohio
OH
2/19
Feb. 19
1803
Columbus
Nebraska
NE
3/1
Mar. 1
1867
Lincoln
Florida
FL
3/3
Mar. 3
1845
Tallahassee
Vermont
VT
3/4
Mar. 4
1791
Montpelier
Maine
ME
3/15
Mar. 15
1820
Augusta
Maryland
MD
4/28
Apr. 28
1788
Annapolis
Louisiana
LA
4/30
Apr. 30
1812
Baton Rouge
Minnesota
MN
5/11
May. 11
1858
St. Paul
South Carolina
SC
5/23
May. 23
1788
Columbia
Rhode Island
RI
5/29
May. 29
1790
Providence
Wisconsin
WI
5/29
May. 29
1848
Madison
Kentucky
KY
6/1
Jun. 1
1792
Frankfort
Tennessee
TN
6/1
Jun. 1
1796
Nashville
Arkansas
AR
6/15
Jun. 15
1836
Little Rock
West Virginia
WV
6/15
Jun. 15
1863
Charleston
New Hampshire
NH
6/21
Jun. 21
1788
Concord
Virginia
VA
6/25
Jun. 25
1788
Richmond
Idaho
ID
7/3
Jul. 3
1890
Boise
Wyoming
WY
7/10
Jul. 10
1890
Cheyenne
New York
NY
7/26
Jul. 26
1788
Albany
Colorado
CO
8/1
Aug. 1
1876
Denver
Missouri
MO
8/10
Aug. 10
1821
Jefferson City
Hawaii
HI
8/21
Aug. 21
1959
Honolulu
California
CA
9/9
Sept. 9
1850
Sacramento
Nevada
NV
10/31
Oct. 31
1864
Carson City
North Dakota
ND
11/2
Nov. 2
1889
Bismarck
South Dakota
SD
11/2
Nov. 2
1889
Pierre
Montana
MT
11/8
Nov. 8
1889
Helena
Washington
WA
11/11
Nov. 11
1889
Olympia
Oklahoma
OK
11/16
Nov. 16
1907
Oklahoma City
North Carolina
NC
11/21
Nov. 21
1789
Raleigh
Illinois
IL
12/3
Dec. 3
1818
Springfield
Delaware
DE
12/7
Dec. 7
1787
Dover
Mississippi
MS
12/10
Dec. 10
1817
Jackson
Indiana
IN
12/11
Dec. 11
1816
Indianapolis
Pennsylvania
PA
12/12
Dec. 12
1787
Harrisburg
Alabama
AL
12/14
Dec. 14
1819
Montgomery
New Jersey
NJ
12/18
Dec. 18
1787
Trenton
Iowa
IA
12/28
Dec. 28
1846
Des Moines
Texas
TX
12/29
Dec. 29
1845
Austin

State Birthdays Grouped Alphabetically Based on State Name 
And, if finding the state you are looking for becomes a challenge in the tables above, find your state's birthday in this chart below, arranged alphabetically by state name. 


State Birthdays Sorted by State Name
State
Abbreviation
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
Alabama
AL
Dec. 14
1819
Montgomery
Alaska
AK
Jan. 3
1959
Juneau
Arizona
AZ
Feb. 14
1912
Phoenix
Arkansas
AR
Jun. 15
1836
Little Rock
California
CA
Sept. 9
1850
Sacramento
Colorado
CO
Aug. 1
1876
Denver
Connecticut
CT
Jan. 9
1788
Hartford
Delaware
DE
Dec. 7
1787
Dover
Florida
FL
Mar. 3
1845
Tallahassee
Georgia
GA
Jan. 2
1788
Atlanta
Hawaii
HI
Aug. 21
1959
Honolulu
Idaho
ID
Jul. 3
1890
Boise
Illinois
IL
Dec. 3
1818
Springfield
Indiana
IN
Dec. 11
1816
Indianapolis
Iowa
IA
Dec. 28
1846
Des Moines
Kansas
KS
Jan. 29
1861
Topeka
Kentucky
KY
Jun. 1
1792
Frankfort
Louisiana
LA
Apr. 30
1812
Baton Rouge
Maine
ME
Mar. 15
1820
Augusta
Maryland
MD
Apr. 28
1788
Annapolis
Massachusetts
MA
Feb. 6
1788
Boston
Michigan
MI
Jan. 26
1837
Lansing
Minnesota
MN
May. 11
1858
St. Paul
Mississippi
MS
Dec. 10
1817
Jackson
Missouri
MO
Aug. 10
1821
Jefferson City
Montana
MT
Nov. 8
1889
Helena
Nebraska
NE
Mar. 1
1867
Lincoln
Nevada
NV
Oct. 31
1864
Carson City
New Hampshire
NH
Jun. 21
1788
Concord
New Jersey
NJ
Dec. 18
1787
Trenton
New Mexico
NM
Jan. 6
1912
Santa Fe
New York
NY
Jul. 26
1788
Albany
North Carolina
NC
Nov. 21
1789
Raleigh
North Dakota
ND
Nov. 2
1889
Bismarck
Ohio
OH
Feb. 19
1803
Columbus
Oklahoma
OK
Nov. 16
1907
Oklahoma City
Oregon
OR
Feb. 14
1859
Salem
Pennsylvania
PA
Dec. 12
1787
Harrisburg
Rhode Island
RI
May. 29
1790
Providence
South Carolina
SC
May. 23
1788
Columbia
South Dakota
SD
Nov. 2
1889
Pierre
Tennessee
TN
Jun. 1
1796
Nashville
Texas
TX
Dec. 29
1845
Austin
Utah
UT
Jan. 4
1896
Salt Lake City
Vermont
VT
Mar. 4
1791
Montpelier
Virginia
VA
Jun. 25
1788
Richmond
Washington
WA
Nov. 11
1889
Olympia
West Virginia
WV
Jun. 15
1863
Charleston
Wisconsin
WI
May. 29
1848
Madison
Wyoming
WY
Jul. 10
1890
Cheyenne

State Birthdays Grouped Based on Time Zone
Typically, the earlier the state birthday, the most likely it is closer to the Eastern Time Zone (east coast). Also, note that several states (marked with *) are repeated. This is because 12 states straddle at least two time zones. 

"Oregon and Idaho are split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, North and South Dakota are divided between Central and Mountain time zones. Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee are split between Eastern and Central time zones."

U.S. State Birthdays - Sorted based on Time Zone (Map)
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State Birthdays in Eastern Time Zone

State
Time Zone
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
1
Connecticut
EST
Jan. 9
1788
Hartford
2
Delaware
EST
Dec. 7
1787
Dover
3
Florida*
EST
Mar. 3
1845
Tallahassee
4
Georgia
EST
Jan. 2
1788
Atlanta
5
Indiana*
EST
Dec. 11
1816
Indianapolis
6
Kentucky*
EST
Jun. 1
1792
Frankfort
7
Maine
EST
Mar. 15
1820
Augusta
8
Maryland
EST
Apr. 28
1788
Annapolis
9
Massachusetts
EST
Feb. 6
1788
Boston
10
Michigan*
EST
Jan. 26
1837
Lansing
11
New Hampshire
EST
Jun. 21
1788
Concord
12
New Jersey
EST
Dec. 18
1787
Trenton
13
New York
EST
Jul. 26
1788
Albany
14
North Carolina
EST
Nov. 21
1789
Raleigh
15
Ohio
EST
Feb. 19
1803
Columbus
16
Pennsylvania
EST
Dec. 12
1787
Harrisburg
17
Rhode Island
EST
May. 29
1790
Providence
18
South Carolina
EST
May. 23
1788
Columbia
19
Tennessee*
EST
Jun. 1
1796
Nashville
20
Vermont
EST
Mar. 4
1791
Montpelier
21
Virginia
EST
Jun. 25
1788
Richmond
22
West Virginia
EST
Jun. 15
1863
Charleston

State Birthdays in Central Time Zone 

State
Time Zone
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
1
Connecticut
EST
Jan. 9
1788
Hartford
2
Delaware
EST
Dec. 7
1787
Dover
3
Florida*
EST
Mar. 3
1845
Tallahassee
4
Georgia
EST
Jan. 2
1788
Atlanta
5
Indiana*
EST
Dec. 11
1816
Indianapolis
6
Kentucky*
EST
Jun. 1
1792
Frankfort
7
Maine
EST
Mar. 15
1820
Augusta
8
Maryland
EST
Apr. 28
1788
Annapolis
9
Massachusetts
EST
Feb. 6
1788
Boston
10
Michigan*
EST
Jan. 26
1837
Lansing
11
New Hampshire
EST
Jun. 21
1788
Concord
12
New Jersey
EST
Dec. 18
1787
Trenton
13
New York
EST
Jul. 26
1788
Albany
14
North Carolina
EST
Nov. 21
1789
Raleigh
15
Ohio
EST
Feb. 19
1803
Columbus
16
Pennsylvania
EST
Dec. 12
1787
Harrisburg
17
Rhode Island
EST
May. 29
1790
Providence
18
South Carolina
EST
May. 23
1788
Columbia
19
Tennessee*
EST
Jun. 1
1796
Nashville
20
Vermont
EST
Mar. 4
1791
Montpelier
21
Virginia
EST
Jun. 25
1788
Richmond
22
West Virginia
EST
Jun. 15
1863
Charleston

State Birthdays in Mountain Time Zone 

State
Time Zone
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
1
Arizona
MST
Feb. 14
1912
Phoenix
2
Colorado
MST
Aug. 1
1876
Denver
3
Idaho*
MST
Jul. 3
1890
Boise
4
Kansas*
MST
Jan. 29
1861
Topeka
5
Montana*
MST
Nov. 8
1889
Helena
6
Nebraska*
MST
Mar. 1
1867
Lincoln
7
New Mexico
MST
Jan. 6
1912
Santa Fe
8
North Dakota*
MST
Nov. 2
1889
Bismarck
9
Oregon*
MST
Feb. 14
1859
Salem
10
South Dakota*
MST
Nov. 2
1889
Pierre
11
Texas*
MST
Dec. 29
1845
Austin
12
Utah
MST
Jan. 4
1896
Salt Lake City
13
Wyoming
MST
Jul. 10
1890
Cheyenne

State Birthdays in Pacific Time Zone 

State
Time Zone
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
1
California
PST
Sept. 9
1850
Sacramento
2
Idaho*
PST
Jul. 3
1890
Boise
3
Montana*
PST
Nov. 8
1889
Helena
4
Nevada
PST
Oct. 31
1864
Carson City
5
Oregon*
PST
Feb. 14
1859
Salem
6
Washington
PST
Nov. 11
1889
Olympia

State Birthdays in Alaska Time Zone 

State
Time Zone
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
1
Alaska
Alaska Time
Jan. 3
1959
Juneau

State Birthdays in Hawai'i Time Zone 

State
Time Zone
Birthdate
Birth Year
Capital City
1
Hawaii
Hawai'I Time
Aug. 21
1959
Honolulu

Conclusions 
U.S. State Birthdays - Maryland State SignWhile the U.S. as a country is going to be 242 years old in 2018, the first state will turn 231 this year, while the youngest continental state will turn 106 and the two non-continental states will turn 62 years old this year. While the US and the states are relatively young in terms of world history, and even the continent's history, there is so much to learn both about the U.S. culture the way it is today and all that came before who have shaped and lived on this land in the past. 

This article will become linked over time with posts from this blog highlighting different states. As I, the blog owner, have been lucky enough to travel by car to 47 of the 48 continental states, I will share both personal experience and facts about the different states. Look out for it! If you have anything you would like to know or facts you would like to add, comment below! 

Author of this post, Jennifer Kumar, provides online face-to-face classes for those working with Americans on virtual, global teams. She also helps to prepare professionals and their families for expat assignments to the U.S. Contact us for more information. 

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