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Geographic Terms and Concepts - State or Statistically Equivalent Entity

States and Equivalent Entities are the primary governmental divisions of the United States.  In addition to the 50 states, the Census Bureau treats the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as the statistical equivalents of states for the purpose of data presentation.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: December 06, 2012