1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Geography of United States Low Points

List of the Lowest Points in Each U.S. State

By

Lowest Point

Death Valley is home of the lowest point in the United States. Death Valley is in California and its lowest point is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level.

STasker/Getty Images

The United States of America is the third largest country in the world based on land area. The U.S. has a total area of 3,794,100 square miles (9,826,675 sq km) and is divided into 50 different states. These states vary in their topography and some have their lowest elevations far below sea level, while others are much higher.

The following is a list of the lowest points in each of the 50 U.S. states arranged with the lowest elevations first:

1) California: Badwater Basin, Death Valley at -282 feet (-86 m)

2) Louisiana: New Orleans at -8 feet (-2 m)

3) Alabama: Gulf of Mexico at 0 feet (0 m)

4) Alaska: Pacific Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

5) Connecticut: Long Island Sound at 0 feet (0 m)

6) Delaware: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

7) Florida: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

8) Georgia: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

9) Hawaii: Pacific Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

10) Maine: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

11) Maryland: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

12) Massachusetts: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

13) Mississippi: Gulf of Mexico at 0 feet (0 m)

14) New Hampshire: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

15) New Jersey: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

16) New York: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

17) North Carolina: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

18) Oregon: Pacific Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

19) Pennsylvania: Delaware River at 0 feet (0 m)

20) Rhode Island: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

21) South Carolina: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

22) Texas: Gulf of Mexico at 0 feet (0 m)

23) Virginia: Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

24) Washington: Pacific Ocean at 0 feet (0 m)

25) Arkansas: Ouachita River at 55 feet (17 m)

26) Arizona: Colorado River at 70 feet (21 m)

27) Vermont: Lake Champlain at 95 feet (29 m)

28) Tennessee: Mississippi River at 178 feet (54 m)

29) Missouri: Saint Francis River at 230 feet (70 m)

30) West Virginia: Potomac River at 240 feet (73 m)

31) Kentucky: Mississippi River at 257 feet (78 m)

32) Illinois: Mississippi River at 279 feet (85 m)

33) Oklahoma: Little River at 289 feet (88 m)

34) Indiana: Ohio River at 320 feet (98 m)

35) Ohio: Ohio River at 455 feet (139 m)

36) Nevada: Colorado River at 479 feet (145 m)

37) Iowa: Mississippi River at 480 feet (146 m)

38) Michigan: Lake Erie at 571 feet (174 m)

39) Wisconsin: Lake Michigan at 579 feet (176 m)

40) Minnesota: Lake Superior at 601 feet (183 m)

41) Kansas: Verdigris River at 679 feet (207 m)

42) Idaho: Snake River at 710 feet (216 m)

43) North Dakota: Red River at 750 feet (229 m)

44) Nebraska: Missouri River at 840 feet (256 m)

45) South Dakota: Big Stone Lake at 966 feet (294 m)

46) Montana: Kootenai River at 1,800 feet (549 m)

47) Utah: Beaver Dam Wash at 2,000 feet (610 m)

48) New Mexico: Red Bluff Reservoir at 2,842 feet (866 m)

49) Wyoming: Belle Fourche River at 3,099 feet (945 m)

50) Colorado: Arikaree River at 3,317 feet (1,011 m)

  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Geography
  4. Statistics, Lists, & Trivia
  5. United States Low Elevation Points List

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.