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Can You Name the U.S. State Without Its Vowels?

How well do you know the names of every state? Could you guess them if we removed all the vowels? Test your knowledge of U.S. state names.

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Of course, all state names have vowels…

There are few words in the English dictionary without a vowel (here’s how to know when “y” counts). Every state name contains at least two, and one state name actually begins with two vowels! Many contain a whole handful of vowels—for example, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, North Carolina, and West Virginia all have five. But would you recognize the name of a state if all the vowels were removed?—that’s the question. Roll up your sleeves and prepare to be challenged:

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state without vowels utah5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #1

Only two letters. Do you know what state it is?

Answer: Utah

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states without vowels5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #2

This state has four very common consonants. Can you name the one letter that’s not in any U.S. state name?

Answer: Illinois

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states without vowels iowa5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #3

This one is tricky, only one letter.

Answer: Iowa

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states without vowels arizona5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #4

Think about states that have a “z” in them. It’s a pretty odd-sounding word when you think about it. Here’s how all the states got their names.

Answer: Arizona

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states without vowels arizona5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #5

This is the state that everyone forgets most when naming all 50.

Answer: Colorado

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states without vowels mississippi5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #6

This one is easy. It’s a state that’s famous for having one of the dumbest state laws in America.

Answer: Mississippi

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States without vowels idaho5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #7

Hmmm, which state is this?

Answer: Idaho

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states without vowels rhode island5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #8

This state’s name once meant “red island.” It’s interesting to hear how every state got its nickname. Can you guess it?

Answer: Rhode Island

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states without vowels michigan5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #9

A lot of states start with “M.” Do you know which one this is?

Answer: Michigan

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states without vowels new york5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #10

You’re pretty good at this game. To challenge yourself further, see how many states you can identify on a completely blank map.

Answer: New York

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states without vowels missouri5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #11

The name of this state may have meant “muddy waters.” Discover the literal translation of every state name.

Answer: Missouri

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state names without vowels arkansas5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #12

This is one of four states starting with the letter “A.” Do you know the two letters that no countries in the world start with?

Answer: Arkansas

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states without vowels indiana5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #13

No, it’s not London, which just lost its best city in the world designation to a surprising newcomer.

Answer: Indiana

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state names without vowels ohio5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #14

Another tricky one with only one letter. Hint, the state only has four letters total and one of its cities, Columbiana, just won our Nicest Places in America award.

Answer: Ohio

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state names without vowels delaware5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #15

This state boasts the oldest graveyard in America. Can you name it?

Answer: Delaware 

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state names without vowels alabama5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #16

You are forbidden to wrestle bears in this state. Can you guess which one it is? Would you like to buy a letter “A”?

Answer: Alabama

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state names without vowels hawaii5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #17

This state is known for it’s beautiful beaches and temperate climate. But neither of those was a help to these two pilots whose plane went down in the ocean over Kona—and despite injuries, jellyfish, and sharks, lived to tell their tale.

Answer: Hawaii

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state names without vowels south dakota5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #18

This is the only state where “static” is banned. Causing it, that is. Discover the 50 things you won’t believe are banned in 50 states.

Answer: South Dakota

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state names without vowels maine5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #19

This state has the distinction of being one of the happiest states in America.

Answer: Maine

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state names without vowels oklahoma5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #20

This state has a famous Broadway show named for it followed by the iconic movie.

Answer: Oklahoma

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state names without vowels montana5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #21

The capital of this state is one you’re likely pronouncing all wrong.

Answer: Montana

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state names without vowels georgia5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #22

You’ve really got the hang of this challenge now. When you’re finished here, see if you can guess the U.S. state from its abbreviation.

Answer: Georgia

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state names without vowels oregon5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #23

This state is home to one of the oldest tourist attractions in America.

Answer: Oregon

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state names without vowels alaska5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #24

Hint: This is the only state whose name can be typed on one row of keys. Can you guess which it is?

Answer: Alaska

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state names without vowels louisiana5W Infographics for Reader's Digest, RD.com

State #25

This state is home of the “Big Easy.” Discover how the states with the quirkiest nicknames got their names. Then, if you’re up for another challenge, see if you can guess each U.S. state by its flag.

Answer: Louisiana