The Tallest Building in Each State

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The United States has some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, but their distribution is extremely uneven. Today’s infographic comes from Highrises.com, and it covers the tallest building in each state.

New York City alone has 6,229 highrises – more than the next nine cities combined, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Miami, and Dallas.

Tallest Building In Each State

Surprisingly, multiple states don’t have a single building over 200 feet (61 m) tall. The tallest building in Vermont is an 11-story apartment building called Decker Towers. South Dakota is nearly as quaint – the CenturyLink Tower in Sioux Falls is the tallest building in the state, but it’s also only 11 stories tall.

Top Ten List: The Tallest States

Here is the building that tips the scale for each of the ten “tallest” states:

Rank Height (ft) City State Building Name
1 1,776 New York City NY One World Trade Center
2 1,729 Chicago IL Willis Tower
3 1,023 Atlanta GA Bank of America Plaza
4 1,018 Los Angeles CA US Bank Tower
5 1,002 Houston TX JP Morgan Chase Tower
6 973 Philadelphia PA Comcast Center
7 947 Cleveland OH Hey Tower
8 943 Seattle WA Columbia Center
9 871 Charlotte NC Bank of America Corporate Center
10 850 Oklahoma City OK Devon Tower

Top Ten List: The Shortest States

Here is what ranks as the tallest building for the “shortest” ten states (also includes D.C.):

Rank Height (ft) City State Building Name
42 320 Wichita KS Epic Center
43 296 Anchorage AK Conoco Phillips Building
44 293 Charleston WV West Virginia State Capitol
45 275 Manchester NH City Hall Plaza
46 272 Billings MT First Interstate Center
47 242 Bismarck ND North Dakota State Capitol
48 200 Laramie WY White Hall
49 175 Portland ME Franklin Towers
50 174 Sioux Falls SD CenturyLink Tower
51 124 Burlington VT Decker Towers

What is the Tallest Building in Each State?

Not surprisingly, about 76% of these highrises are office buildings, with one of every three named after a bank. However, the tallest buildings in some of states have pretty unique purposes. The tallest habitable building in D.C., for example, is the lengthily-named Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the largest Roman Catholic church in North America.

The tallest building in Nevada is The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the respective State Capitol buildings of North Dakota and West Virginia tower above any other skylines in those states.

Article by Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist