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50 State Elevations (mean elevation)

The elevations listed below are relative to sea level.

  • The highest point in a particular state is usually a mountain, or at least hill.
  • The lowest point of a state that borders an ocean is almost always sea level. Two states have interior places that are actually lower than, or below, sea level.
  • The mean elevation can be considered the average elevation of a state.
Mean elevations listed by from highest to lowest. (List by state, highest, lowest, or mean elevations)
Rank State High point Low point Mean elevationList by state
1. Colorado 14,440 feet 3,315 feet 6,800 feet
2. Wyoming 13,804 feet 3,099 feet 6,700 feet
3. Utah 13,528 feet 2,000 feet 6,100 feet
4. New Mexico 13,161 feet 2,842 feet 5,700 feet
5. Nevada 13,140 feet 479 feet 5,500 feet
6. Idaho 12,662 feet 710 feet 5,000 feet
7. Arizona 12,633 feet 70 feet 4,100 feet
8. Montana 12,799 feet 1,800 feet 3,400 feet
9. Oregon 11,239 feet Sea level 3,300 feet
10. Hawaii 13,796 feet Sea level 3,030 feet
11. California 14,494 feet -282 feet 2,900 feet
12. Nebraska 5,424 feet 840 feet 2,600 feet
13. South Dakota 7,242 feet 966 feet 2,200 feet
14. Kansas 4,039 feet 679 feet 2,000 feet
15. Alaska 20,320 feet Sea level 1,900 feet
16. North Dakota 3,506 feet 750 feet 1,900 feet
17. Washington 14,410 feet Sea level 1,700 feet
18. Texas 8,749 feet Sea level 1,700 feet
19. West Virginia 4,863 feet 240 feet 1,500 feet
20. Oklahoma 4,973 feet 289 feet 1,300 feet
21. Minnesota 2,301 feet 602 feet 1,200 feet
22. Pennsylvania 3,213 feet Sea level 1,100 feet
23. Iowa 1,670 feet 480 feet 1,100 feet
24. Wisconsin 1,951 feet 581 feet 1,050 feet
25. New Hampshire 6,288 feet Sea level 1,000 feet
26. New York 5,344 feet Sea level 1,000 feet
27. Vermont 4,393 feet 95 feet 1,000 feet
28. Virginia 5,729 feet Sea level 950 feet
29. Tennessee 6,643 feet 178 feet 900 feet
30. Michigan 1,979 feet 572 feet 900 feet
31. Ohio 1,549 feet 455 feet 850 feet
32. Missouri 1,772 feet 230 feet 800 feet
33. Kentucky 4,139 feet 257 feet 750 feet
34. North Carolina 6,684 feet Sea level 700 feet
35. Indiana 1,257 feet 320 feet 700 feet
36. Arkansas 2,753 feet 55 feet 650 feet
37. Maine 5,276 feet Sea level 600 feet
38. Georgia 4,784 feet Sea level 600 feet
39. Illinois 1,235 feet 279 feet 600 feet
40. Massachusetts 3,487 feet Sea level 500 feet
41. Alabama 2,407 feet Sea level 500 feet
42. Connecticut 2,380 feet Sea level 500 feet
43. South Carolina 3,560 feet Sea level 350 feet
44. Maryland 3,360 feet Sea level 350 feet
45. Mississippi 806 feet Sea level 300 feet
46. New Jersey 1,803 feet Sea level 250 feet
47. Rhode Island 812 feet Sea level 200 feet
48. Louisiana 535 feet -8 feet 100 feet
49. Florida 345 feet Sea level 100 feet
50. Delaware 450 feet Sea level 60 feet

Information source: Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.