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

AP Photo/Kevin HagenThen-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd gathered in front of Trump Tower in New York on Sept. 24, 2015.
  • 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.
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When President Donald Trump 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.

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:

Shayanne Gal/Business InsiderTwenty-one states have produced all 44 US presidents.

Virginia had eight presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

WikipediaThomas Jefferson.

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

Google CommonsUlysses S. Grant.

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

AP Photo / Carolyn KasterPresident Donald Trump and Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt view air assault exercises outside Hangar 2060 at Fort Drum, New York on Aug. 13, 2018.

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

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

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

National Archives / Handout / Getty ImagesJames K. Polk.

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

Wikimedia CommonsLyndon B. Johnson.

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

General Photographic Agency / Stringer / Getty ImagesCalvin Coolidge.

South Carolina had one president: Andrew Jackson.

AP ImagesAndrew Jackson.

New Hampshire had one president: Franklin Pierce.

Hulton Archive / Stringer / Getty ImagesFranklin Pierce.

Pennsylvania had one president: James Buchanan.

National Archives / Handout / Getty ImagesJames Buchanan.

Kentucky had one president: Abraham Lincoln.

Getty Images / StaffAbraham Lincoln.

New Jersey had one president: Grover Cleveland.

National Archives / Handout / Getty ImagesGrover Cleveland.

Iowa had one president: Herbert Hoover.

Wikimedia CommonsHerbert Hoover.

Missouri had one president: Harry S. Truman.

Getty ImagesHarry Truman.

California had one president: Richard Nixon.

Getty ImagesRichard Nixon.

Nebraska had one president: Gerald Ford.

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

Georgia had one president: Jimmy Carter.

AP Photo/John BazemoreJimmy Carter.

Illinois had one president: Ronald Reagan.

AP Photo/Doug MillsRonald Reagan.

Arkansas had one president: Bill Clinton.

Win McNamee / Getty ImagesBill Clinton.

Connecticut had one president: George W. Bush.

Getty Images / HandoutGeorge W. Bush.

Hawaii had one president: Barack Obama.

Gary Cameron/ReutersPresident 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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