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States with the most Miss America winners

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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.

    ALSO: Best and worst states for women

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

    #26 (tie): Connecticut

    Total Miss America winners: 1
    Years won: 1933

     

  • Katie Stam, Miss America 2009—Public Domain
    3/ Katie Stam, Miss America 2009—Public Domain

    #26 (tie): Indiana

    Total Miss America winners: 1
    Years won: 2009

     

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

    #26 (tie): Kentucky

    Total Miss America winners: 1
    Years won: 2000

     

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

    #26 (tie): Missouri

    Total Miss America winners: 1
    Years won: 1990

     

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

    #26 (tie): Nebraska

    Total Miss America winners: 1
    Years won: 2011

     

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

    #26 (tie): North Carolina

    Total Miss America winners: 1
    Years won: 1962

     

  • Cara Mund, Miss America 2018—Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office // Flickr
    8/ 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

     

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

    #26 (tie): Oregon

    Total Miss America winners: 1
    Years won: 2002

     

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

    #17 (tie): Arizona

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

     

  • Margaret Gorman, the first Miss America—Public Domain
    11/ Margaret Gorman, the first Miss America—Public Domain

    #17 (tie): District of Columbia

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

     

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

    #17 (tie): Florida

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

     

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

    #17 (tie): Georgia

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

     

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

    #17 (tie): Hawaii

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

     

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

    #17 (tie): South Carolina

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

     

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

    #17 (tie): Tennessee

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

     

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

    #17 (tie): Utah

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

     

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

    #17 (tie): Wisconsin

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

     

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

    #9 (tie): Alabama

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

     

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

    #9 (tie): Arkansas

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

     

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

    #9 (tie): Colorado

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

     

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

    #9 (tie): Kansas

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

     

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

    #9 (tie): Minnesota

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

     

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

    #9 (tie): New Jersey

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

     

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

    #9 (tie): Texas

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

     

  • Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010—dbking // Wikicommons
    26/ Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010—dbking // Wikicommons

    #9 (tie): Virginia

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

     

  • Lynda Lee Mead, Miss America 1960—Public Domain
    27/ Lynda Lee Mead, Miss America 1960—Public Domain

    #8: Mississippi

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

     

  • Erika Harold, Miss America 2003—William Thomas Cain // Getty Images
    28/ 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

     

  • Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008—Philpottm // Wikicommons
    29/ Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008—Philpottm // Wikicommons

    #5 (tie): Michigan

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

     

  • Ruth Malcomson, Miss America 1924—Public Domain
    30/ Ruth Malcomson, Miss America 1924—Public Domain

    #5 (tie): Pennsylvania

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

     

  • Debra Maffett, Miss America 1983—Ronletterman // Wikicommons
    31/ Debra Maffett, Miss America 1983—Ronletterman // Wikicommons

    #1 (tie): California

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

     

  • Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014—Michael Loccisano // Getty Images
    32/ 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

     

  • Susan Perkins, Miss America 1978—Jtmarlon24 // Wikicommons
    33/ Susan Perkins, Miss America 1978—Jtmarlon24 // Wikicommons

    #1 (tie): Ohio

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

     

  • Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007—David Washington, DC // Wikicommons
    34/ 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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