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Encyclopedia > Extreme points of the United States

This is a list of the extreme points of the United States, the points that are farther north, south, east, or west than any other location in the country. Also included are extreme points in elevation. Compass rose with north highlighted and at top Look up North in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A compass rose with South highlighted South is most commonly a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. ... The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST, internally called HT-7U) is a project being undertaken to construct an experimental superconducting tokamak magnetic fusion energy reactor in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province, in eastern China. ... A compass rose with west highlighted This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation). ...

There are a number of different interpretations for "easternmost" and "westernmost"; see below for full treatment.
Extreme points in the 50 states: Point Barrow, Ka Lae, Sail Rock, Peaked Island
Extreme points in the 50 states: Point Barrow, Ka Lae, Sail Rock, Peaked Island
Extreme points in the contiguous 48 states: Northwest Angle, Ballast Key, Sail Rock, Bodelteh Islands
Extreme points in the contiguous 48 states: Northwest Angle, Ballast Key, Sail Rock, Bodelteh Islands
Extreme points of the US on the North American continent: Point Barrow, Cape Sable, West Quoddy Head, Cape Prince of Wales
Extreme points of the US on the North American continent: Point Barrow, Cape Sable, West Quoddy Head, Cape Prince of Wales
Extreme points in all of US territory: Point Barrow, Rose Atoll, Wake Island, Peaked Island (red); Point Udall, Udall Point (green). The International Date Line is shown in yellow.
Extreme points in all of US territory: Point Barrow, Rose Atoll, Wake Island, Peaked Island (red); Point Udall, Udall Point (green). The International Date Line is shown in yellow.

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CIA World Factbook map of the United States -- dots added to show points. ... CIA World Factbook map of the United States -- dots added to show points. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... CIA World Factbook map of the United States -- dots added to show points. ... CIA World Factbook map of the United States -- dots added to show points. ... CIA World Factbook map of the world -- dots added to show points. ... CIA World Factbook map of the world -- dots added to show points. ...

Northernmost

Point Barrow or Nuvuk, is a headland at the northernmost point of Alaska and of the United States, on the Arctic Ocean, Panoramic view of the tip of point Barrow, Alaska. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Political divisions of the United States as they were from 1868 to 1876, including 9 organized territories and 2 unorganized territories Territories of the United States are one type of political division of the United States, administered by the U.S. government but not any part of a U.S... Barrow is a city in North Slope Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. ... The Northwest Angle (the purple portion) in Minnesota, bordering Manitoba, Ontario, and Lake of the Woods The Northwest Angle viewed from space The Northwest Angle, known simply as the Angle by locals, and coterminous with Angle Township, is a small part of northern Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota that... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ...

Southernmost

Rose Atoll, sometimes called Rose Island, is an oceanic atoll within the U.S. territory of American Samoa. ... Ka Lae, also known as South Point, is the southernmost point on the island of Hawaii and the state of Hawaii, and is also the southernmost point in the United States, at an approximate latitude of nineteen degrees north. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... Nā‘ālehu is a census-designated place and town in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i. ... Ballast Key, Florida (24° 31′ 15″ N 81° 57′ 49″ W), is the southernmost point in the continental United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Monroe Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Morgan McPherson Area  - City  7. ... Cape Sable, Florida is the southern most point of the US mainland and mainland Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...

Easternmost

Aerial view of Udall Point. ... A separate article treats the several rivers known as the St. ... West Quoddy Head Lighthouse West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine is the easternmost point of the 48 contiguous states in the United States. ... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... West Quoddy Head Lighthouse West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine is the easternmost point of the 48 contiguous states in the United States. ... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... Lubec is a town located in Washington County, Maine. ... Semisopochnoi Island is part of the Rat Island group in the western Aleutian Islands. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ...

Westernmost

Point Udall Millennium Monument The easternmost and westernmost points in the United States are named for two brothers. ... Cape Wrangell is the westernmost point of Alaska. ... Attu Island Attu is the westernmost and largest island in the Near Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, making it the westernmost point of land relative to Alaska and the United States. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Adak (IPA pronunciation: ), formerly Adak Station, is a city in Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, United States. ... Amatignak Island is a member of the Delarof Islands (west of the Andreanof Islands), in Alaskas Aleutian archipelago. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Cape Prince of Wales (65°3547N, 168°0505W) is the westernmost point in the Americas. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Cape Alava, in Clallam County, Washington, is the westernmost point in the continental United States, with a longitude of 124 degrees, 43 minutes and 59 seconds. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Cape Alava, in Clallam County, Washington, is the westernmost point in the continental United States, with a longitude of 124 degrees, 43 minutes and 59 seconds. ... Cape Alava, in Clallam County, Washington, is the westernmost point in the continental United States, with a longitude of 124 degrees, 43 minutes and 59 seconds. ... Cape Flattery is the furthest northwest point of the contiguous United States. ... Ozette is a town in Clallam County, Washington. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ...

Extremes in Elevation

Denali redirects here. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Mount Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous United States at elevation 14,505 feet (4,421 meters). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Part of downtown Winter Park with the Continental Divide in the background Winter Park is a town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... View of Mount Massive looking west from Harrison Street in downtown Leadville Leadville is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado. ... Badwater Basin elevation sign Badwater is a site in Californias Death Valley noted as the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, with an elevation of 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. ... Death Valley is a valley in the U.S. states of California and Nevada, and is the location of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Calipatria Post Office Calipatria is a city in Imperial County, California, United States. ...

Other

  • Most remote point in all of US territory — Ipnavik River, National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska, (68°45'N, 156°41'W): 120 miles from nearest habitation
  • Geographic center of the 50 states — approximately (20 mi) north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, at 44°58′N, 103°46′W
  • Geographic center of the 48 contiguous states — approximately 6 km (4 mi) west of Lebanon, Kansas, at 39°50′N, 98°35′W

The National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska (NPR-A) is an area of land in the North Slope of Alaska owned by the United States Federal Government. ... In a Euclidian space the geographic center, or mean center, is the calculated mean of coordinate values. ... Belle Fourche is a city located in Butte County, South Dakota. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English[2] Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ...

Interpretation of "easternmost" and "westernmost"

There are several methods for determining the location of the eastern and western extremes of the United States.


The common sense reckoning of the terms is by longitude, relative to the geographic center of the country.


But, by cartographical convention, the Prime Meridian running through Greenwich, England is the least eastern and least western place in the world. It is defined as 0 degrees longitude. The 180th meridian, on the opposite side of the globe represents the absolute limit of how far east or west one can travel, from a cartographical perspective. Anything exactly on the 180th meridian is neither east nor west; but take a single step to either side and one is at 179+ degrees east or 179+ degrees west, the highest achievable numbers. By this mode of reckoning, the most eastern and western spots in the US are both in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Location of the Prime Meridian Prime Meridian in Greenwich The Prime Meridian, also known as the International Meridian or Greenwich Meridian, is the meridian (line of longitude) passing through the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Greenwich, England — it is the meridian at which longitude is 0 degrees. ... This page is about Greenwich in England. ... Longitude is the east-west geographic coordinate measurement most commonly utilized in cartography and global navigation. ... The 180th meridian is the line of longitude exactly opposite the Prime Meridian. ...


However, if one takes the view that the easternmost place is where the day first begins, and the westernmost is where the day last ends, then the International Date Line is the defining limit for what is most eastern or western. In a new year, the earliest US sunrise takes place on Wake Island. Less than an hour earlier, the sun also rose over Attu Island, Alaska but for the day before. The International Date Line around 180° This article is about the line dividing time zones; see Dateline (disambiguation) for other meanings, including the television program. ...


On the other hand, if one defines what is most eastern and most western by which direction one must travel to reach a given point over the shortest distance, then Point Udall in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Udall Point, Guam, are the easternmost and westernmost points, respectively. While the world is round, and any point can be reached by traveling either east or west, it is always more direct to head east to reach Point Udall , when traveling from any other spot in the U.S. Likewise, there is not a single point in the United States from which heading east is a shorter route to Udall Point, Guam, than heading west would be, even accounting for circumpolar routes. This holds true because all U.S. territory is spread across less than 180 degrees of longitude.


Footnotes

  1. ^ It is also the most northerly community on the North American mainland
  2. ^ Location is a census-designated place.
  3. ^ Several reefs and sandbars up to 7 km farther south are occasionally above water at low tide.
  4. ^ Attu Station, Alaska is farther west but it is not a town.
  5. ^ Disputed by Alma, Colorado (10,355 feet/3,156 meters), as Winter Park has no permanent residents above 10,000 ft. — Rippold, R Scott (2007). High on Alma. The Gazette (Colorado Springs). Retrieved on 2007-08-05.

A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Attu Station is a census-designated place and town located on Attu Island in the Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska. ... Alma is a town located in Park County, Colorado. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This is a list of lists of extreme points of the world, the points that are farther north, south, east or west than any other locations on the landmasses, continents or countries. ... This is a list of the extreme points of North America, the points that are farther north, south, east or west than any other location on the continent. ... This is a list of the extreme points of The Americas, the points that are farther north, south, east or west than any other location on the continent. ... This is a list of extreme points of New England, which are points that extend farther north, south, east or west than any other part of New England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of geographic centers of each U.S. state: See also Extreme points of the United States Extreme points of each U.S. state List of U.S. states by elevation List of highest points of Canadian provinces and territories Extreme points of Canada Categories: | ...

External links

  • Text of congressional resolution designating Udall Point, Guam
  • Map of Orote Point, Guam, now Point Udall
  • Map of Ballast Key, FL
  • Detailed US coastline maps

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