A syllable is a unit of blended sounds considered to be the phonological building blocks of words.
Listed here are the number of states by syllable.
One thing to note: There is probably some regional debate about the syllable count of some states ending with “ia”. California tends to be pronounced with two syllables: “n-ya”. Virginia and Pennsylvania are typically pronounced with one syllable: “nyuh”.
How Many States Have Only One Syllable?
Maine is the only state in the United States that has only one syllable.
How Many States Have Two Syllables?
There are six states with two syllables in their name:
- New York
How Many States Have Three Syllables?
The most common syllable count for names of states is three. There are 25 states with names that have three syllables:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
How Many States Have Four Syllables?
There are fourteen states with names that have four syllables:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
How Many States Have Five Syllables?
There are four states that have names with five syllables:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Note that California is the only state ending in “ia” that pronounces it “n-ya” versus the “nyuh” ending of Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Table of States and Syllable Count
Here is a complete list of states by syllable.