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States with the most Miss America winners

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September 6, 2018
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States with the most Miss America winners

While most people will be focused on soaking up the last days of summer this weekend, 51 women are flooding into Atlantic City, New Jersey, with the hope to win the coveted title of Miss America 2019. The incumbent Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, will be handing her crown to the one woman who shows the most exemplary poise, character and—of course—beauty. Mund is North Dakota’s first Miss America winner, and received the chance this year to represent the state on the world’s stage.

North Dakota’s first win is a bigger deal than many may recognize, as when it comes to the pageant, the winner has historically come from a small pool of states—only 32 and the District of Columbia, in fact. With this in mind, Stacker found the states that have produced the most Miss Americas over time, using data from the pageant’s official website. From small states to coastal powerhouses, this roundup proves that securing the crown can’t simply be chalked up to a state’s size.

Read on to see if your state made the cut.

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Miss Connecticut 2017 Eliza Kanner—Donald Kravitz // Getty Images

#26 (tie): Connecticut

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 1933

 

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Katie Stam, Miss America 2009—Public Domain

#26 (tie): Indiana

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 2009

 

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Heather French, Miss America 2000—Tom Mihalek // Getty Images

#26 (tie): Kentucky

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 2000

 

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Debbye Turner, second from right, Miss America 1990—Public Domain

#26 (tie): Missouri

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 1990

 

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Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011—Ethan Miller // Getty Images

#26 (tie): Nebraska

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 2011

 

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Maria Fletcher, Miss America 1962, in 2010—Ethan Miller // Getty Images

#26 (tie): North Carolina

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 1962

 

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Cara Mund, Miss America 2018—Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office // Flickr

#26 (tie): North Dakota

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 2018

 

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Katie Harman, Miss America 2002, in 2010—Ethan Miller // Getty Images

#26 (tie): Oregon

Total Miss America winners: 1
Years won: 2002

 

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Vonda Kay Van Dyke, Miss America 1965—Michael Loccisano // Getty Images

#17 (tie): Arizona

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1949, 1965

 

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Margaret Gorman, the first Miss America—Public Domain

#17 (tie): District of Columbia

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1921, 1944

 

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Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004—William Thomas Cain // Getty Images

#17 (tie): Florida

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1993, 2004

 

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Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016—Disney | ABC Television Group // Flickr

#17 (tie): Georgia

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1953, 2016

 

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Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss America 1992—Tim Boyle // Getty Images

#17 (tie): Hawaii

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1992, 2001

 

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Kimberly Clarice Aiken, right, Mis America 1994—Tim Clary // Getty Images

#17 (tie): South Carolina

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1957, 1994

 

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Kellye Cash, Miss America 1987, in 2017—Donald Kravitz // Getty Images

#17 (tie): Tennessee

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1947, 1987

 

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Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Miss America 1985, in 2016—Michael Loccisano // Getty Images

#17 (tie): Utah

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1952, 1985

 

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Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012—U.S. Air Force Photo

#17 (tie): Wisconsin

Total Miss America winners: 2
Years won: 1973, 2012

 

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Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005—Ethan Miller // Getty Images

#9 (tie): Alabama

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1951, 1995, 2005

 

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Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017—Donald Kravitz // Getty Images

#9 (tie): Arkansas

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1964, 1982, 2017

 

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Meredith Winnefeld, Miss Colorado 2017—Donald Kravitz // Getty Images

#9 (tie): Colorado

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1956, 1958, 1974

 

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Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997—Tom Mihalek // Getty Images

#9 (tie): Kansas

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1966, 1968, 1997

 

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Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989, in 2014—Rich Polk // Getty Images

#9 (tie): Minnesota

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1948, 1977, 1989

 

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Suzette Charles, Miss America 1984—Michael Loccisano // Getty Images

#9 (tie): New Jersey

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1932, 1937, 1984

 

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Shirley Cothran, Miss America 1975—Michael Loccisano // Getty Images

#9 (tie): Texas

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1942, 1971, 1975

 

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Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010—dbking // Wikicommons

#9 (tie): Virginia

Total Miss America winners: 3
Years won: 1979, 1999, 2010

 

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Lynda Lee Mead, Miss America 1960—Public Domain

#8: Mississippi

Total Miss America winners: 4
Years won: 1959, 1960, 1980, 1986

 

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Erika Harold, Miss America 2003—William Thomas Cain // Getty Images

#5 (tie): Illinois

Total Miss America winners: 5
Years won: 1927, 1969, 1991, 1998, 2003

 

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Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008—Philpottm // Wikicommons

#5 (tie): Michigan

Total Miss America winners: 5
Years won: 1939, 1961, 1970, 1988, 2008

 

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Ruth Malcomson, Miss America 1924—Public Domain

#5 (tie): Pennsylvania

Total Miss America winners: 5
Years won: 1924, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1954

 

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Debra Maffett, Miss America 1983—Ronletterman // Wikicommons

#1 (tie): California

Total Miss America winners: 6
Years won: 1925, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1955, 1983

 

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Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014—Michael Loccisano // Getty Images

#1 (tie): New York

Total Miss America winners: 6
Years won: 1945, 1976, 1984, 2013, 2014, 2015

 

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Susan Perkins, Miss America 1978—Jtmarlon24 // Wikicommons

#1 (tie): Ohio

Total Miss America winners: 6
Years won: 1922, 1923, 1938, 1963, 1972, 1978

 

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Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007—David Washington, DC // Wikicommons

#1 (tie): Oklahoma

Total Miss America winners: 6
Years won: 1926, 1967, 1981, 1996, 2006, 2007

 

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