MAP: Where every US president was born

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When Donald Trump is sworn in as the President of the United States on Friday, he will become the 45th person to occupy the highest position in the U.S. government.

Going by place of birth, Virginia is at the top of the heap with eight presidents. Just 21 states are on the list, which is mapped out below.

Number of presidents by place of birth
Where each U.S. president was born

Here are some fun facts about the birthplace of the 44 men who have served — or are about to serve — as Commander in Chief.

  • More than half of all U.S. presidents come from just four states: Virginia, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts account for 24 of the 44 men who have served in the role.

  • There is a definite East Coast bias to the numbers. Just eight presidents were born west of the Mississippi River and only two (Richard Nixon in California and Barack Obama in Hawaii) were born west of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Ten of the 13 original colonies are represented — Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island are the only three to miss out.

  • Seven of the first 12 presidents were born in Virginia. However, the state has produced just one Commander in Chief since: Woodrow Wilson, who served from 1913-21. The state was once the most populous in the union, until it was overtaken by New York in 1810.

  • Similarly, seven of the 11 men who served between 1869-1923 were born in one state: Ohio. The state didn’t produce one president before or since that period.

  • Vermont leads the pack in terms of presidents per capita. The small New England state has just 624,000 residents, the second-smallest population in the country (just ahead of Wyoming). Yet, it has produced two presidents: Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge.

  • By contrast, the three most-populous states (California, Texas and Florida) boast just three presidents total, despite a combined population of more than 87 million.

  • Texas has produced two presidents, but surprisingly it’s not the two men most commonly associated with the state. George H. W. Bush was born in Massachusetts, while his son was born in Connecticut. The two Texas natives to sit in the Oval Office are Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Five living presidents
Former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter pose together in the Oval Office on January 7, 2009 at the White House in Washington, D.C. This was only the fifth time that five presidents have appeared together. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

Here is the full list of presidents and their birth states:

  1. George Washington (1789-97) Virginia

  2. John Adams (1797-1801) Massachusetts

  3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-09) Virginia

  4. James Madison (1809-17) Virginia

  5. James Monroe (1817-25) Virginia

  6. John Quincy Adams (1825-29) Massachusetts

  7. Andrew Jackson (1829-37) South Carolina

  8. Martin Van Buren (1837-41) New York

  9. William Henry Harrison (1841) Virginia

  10. John Tyler (1841-45) Virginia

  11. James K. Polk (1845-49) North Carolina

  12. Zachary Taylor (1849-50) Virginia

  13. Millard Fillmore (1850-53) New York

  14. Franklin Pierce (1853-57) New Hampshire

  15. James Buchanan (1857-61) Pennsylvania

  16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) Kentucky

  17. Andrew Johnson (1865-69) North Carolina

  18. Ulysses S. Grant (1869-77) Ohio

  19. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-81) Ohio

  20. James A. Garfield (1881) Ohio

  21. Chester A. Arthur (1881-85) Vermont

  22. Grover Cleveland (1885-89) New Jersey

  23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) Ohio

  24. Grover Cleveland (1893-97) New Jersey

  25. William McKinley (1897-1901) Ohio

  26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) New York

  27. William H. Taft (1909-13) Ohio

  28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) Virginia

  29. Warren G. Harding (1921-23) Ohio

  30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-29) Vermont

  31. Herbert Hoover (1929-33) Iowa

  32. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45) New York

  33. Harry S. Truman (1945-53) Missouri

  34. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) Texas

  35. John F. Kennedy (1961-63) Massachusetts

  36. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69) Texas

  37. Richard M. Nixon (1969-74) California

  38. Gerald R. Ford (1974-77) Nebraska

  39. Jimmy Carter (1977-81) Georgia

  40. Ronald Reagan (1981-89) Illinois

  41. George Bush (1989-93) Massachusetts

  42. William J. Clinton (1993-2001) Arkansas

  43. George W. Bush (2001-2009) Connecticut

  44. Barack Obama (2009-2017) Hawaii

  45. Donald J. Trump (2017-) New York

Donald Trump und seine Frau Melania am Donnerstag vor dem Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
Donald Trump und seine Frau Melania am Donnerstag vor dem Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

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