Half the US presidents were born in 4 states. These are the 21 states that have produced the most presidents.

  • Half of the US presidents were born in four states:
  • Virginia and Ohio lead the way with a third of elected presidents hailing from Old Dominion and The Buckeye State.
  • Twenty-nine states have no presidents to call their own.

When President Donald Trump was took office, he became the fifth US president to hail from New York.

The Empire State now has the third-most presidents to call its own. It’s one of four states that have produced half of the 44 US presidents, along with Virginia, Ohio, and Massachusetts.

Many presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, later moved to and identified with other states.

For example, former President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, but he later moved to and was a senator from Illinois. Bush is primarily affiliated with Texas despite being born in Connecticut.

Here are the 21 states that produced all the US presidents.


Twenty-nine states haven’t produced any presidents yet. Most of them are in the west, and didn’t exist when the country was founded. Here’s the breakdown:

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Twenty-one states have produced all 44 US presidents.
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Virginia had eight presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

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Thomas Jefferson.
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Wikipedia

Ohio had seven presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

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Ulysses S. Grant.
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Google Commons

New York had five presidents: Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Donald Trump.


Massachusetts had four presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush.

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President John F. Kennedy, sailing off the coast of Maine in 1962.
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Robert Knudsen/The White House/Reuters

North Carolina had two presidents: James J. Polk and Andrew Johnson.

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James K. Polk.
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National Archives / Handout / Getty Images

Texas had two presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Lyndon B. Johnson.
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Wikimedia Commons

Vermont had two presidents: Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge

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Calvin Coolidge.
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General Photographic Agency / Stringer / Getty Images

South Carolina had one president: Andrew Jackson.


New Hampshire had one president: Franklin Pierce.

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Franklin Pierce.
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Hulton Archive / Stringer / Getty Images

Pennsylvania had one president: James Buchanan.

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James Buchanan.
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National Archives / Handout / Getty Images

Kentucky had one president: Abraham Lincoln.

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Abraham Lincoln.
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Getty Images / Staff

New Jersey had one president: Grover Cleveland.

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Grover Cleveland.
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National Archives / Handout / Getty Images

Iowa had one president: Herbert Hoover.

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Herbert Hoover.
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Wikimedia Commons

Missouri had one president: Harry S. Truman.

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Harry Truman.
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Getty Images

California had one president: Richard Nixon.

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Richard Nixon.
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Getty Images

Nebraska had one president: Gerald Ford.

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President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford on the closing night of the Republican National Convention, in Kansas City, Missouri on August 19, 1976.
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Karl Schumache/Reuters

Georgia had one president: Jimmy Carter.


Illinois had one president: Ronald Reagan.


Arkansas had one president: Bill Clinton.

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Bill Clinton.
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Win McNamee / Getty Images

Connecticut had one president: George W. Bush.

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George W. Bush.
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Getty Images / Handout

Hawaii had one president: Barack Obama.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2015.
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Gary Cameron/Reuters