Who Has the Most Miss USAs?


Updated for 2020!


Rank

STATE/CITY

#Wins

#1ST R.U.s

#2ND R.U.s

#3RD R.U.s

#4TH R.U.s

#5TH R.U.s

# Semis

Total No. of Semifinalists
(out of 69)

Miss Universe Wins

Inherited Miss USAs

1

Texas

9

6

2

1

7

2

26

53

1

0

2

California

6

7

3

6

4

1

23

50

0

0

3

District of Columbia

4

2

0

0

2

0

15

23

0

0

4

Hawaii

4

1

1

1

1

0

16

24

1

0

5

Illinois

4

0

3

4

0

3

15

29

0

0

6

New York

3

5

1

1

1

1

23

35

0

1

7

South Carolina

3

4

3

2

1

3

19

35

2

0

8

North Carolina

3

1

3

2

1

0

8

18

0

0

9

Louisiana

3

1

1

6

1

1

15

28

0

0

10

Michigan

3

1

0

1

1

0

20

26

0

0

11

Tennessee

2

2

4

2

2

2

19

33

0

0

12

Virginia

2

2

1

0

1

2

15

23

0

0

13

Ohio

2

1

1

2

1

1

14

22

0

0

14

Massachusetts

2

1

0

0

0

0

12

15

0

0

15

Alabama

1

4

5

2

2

1

15

30

1

0

16

Oklahoma

1

2

2

3

2

2

16

27

0

0

17

Kansas

1

2

2

1

1

0

4

11

0

0

18

New Mexico

1

2

1

0

3

1

10

18

0

0

19

Maryland

1

2

0

0

2

0

17

22

0

1

20

Connecticut

1

2

0

0

1

0

7

11

0

0

21

Nevada

1

1

5

4

3

0

11

25

0

0

22

Rhode Island

1

1

2

0

0

0

7

11

1

0

23

Utah

1

1

1

4

1

1

12

21

1

1

24

Arkansas

1

1

1

1

0

0

10

14

0

0

25

Mississippi

1

1

0

1

2

1

5

11

0

0

26

Washington

1

1

0

1

0

0

10

13

0

0

27

Vermont

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

28

Missouri

1

0

3

3

2

1

15

25

0

0

29

Minnesota

1

0

2

1

2

0

9

15

0

0

30

Kentucky

1

0

1

2

6

0

5

15

0

0

31

Nebraska

1

0

1

1

1

0

8

12

0

0

32

Pennsylvania

1

0

0

0

1

1

11

14

0

0

33

Iowa

1

0

0

0

0

1

8

10

1

0

34

Florida

0

2

3

6

5

0

11

27

0

1

35

Arizona

0

2

3

2

0

2

17

26

0

1

36

New Jersey

0

2

3

0

1

0

13

19

0

0

37

Idaho

0

2

0

0

0

0

3

5

0

1

38

Georgia

0

1

6

1

7

2

9

26

0

0

39

Indiana

0

1

2

2

0

1

9

15

0

0

40

West Virginia

0

1

1

0

0

0

8

10

0

0

41

North Dakota

0

1

0

1

1

1

0

4

0

0

42

New Hampshire

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

4

0

0

43

Myrtle Beach, SC

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

44

Wisconsin

0

0

1

1

0

0

5

7

0

0

45

Alaska

0

0

1

1

0

0

3

5

0

0

46

Oregon

0

0

1

0

0

0

10

11

0

0

47

Colorado

0

0

0

2

0

1

8

11

0

0

48

New York City, NY

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

49

Maine

0

0

0

0

1

0

8

9

0

0

50

South Dakota

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

4

0

0

51

Montana

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

52

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

53

Delaware

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

54

Memphis, TN

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

55

Miami Beach, FL

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0



NOTES:

This list does not take into account Miss USA ascensions to Miss Universe (which happened 8 times – 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997, 2012) nor does it take into account dethronements (which happened 1 time – 1957) so this list counts Maryland’s Leona Gage as the original winner of 1957. Sidenote: In 1954, this list also counts the original 1st runner up, Virginia's Ellen Whitehead who was later disqualified due to the discovery that she was underaged at age 16. 1954 will be tabulated with: South Carolina as winner, Virginia as 1st runner up, New York as 2nd runner up, New York City, NY as 3rd runner up, Texas as 4th runner up and Illinois as 5th runner up. This list excludes Maryland 1954 though as a semifinalist since she did not advance to a top 6 position similarly to Miss Universe 1957 when Argentina was bumped up to top 15 after USA was disqualified.

The “Inherited” Column indicates how many Miss USA crowns were inherited by a state due to a dethronement or a Miss Universe win. No successor was named when Miss USA won Miss Universe in 1954, 1956 and 1960. In 1957, Utah's Charlotte Sheffield inherited the Miss USA title after the original winner (Maryland's Mary Leona Gage) was dethroned for being a married mother of two who lied about her age. In 1967, Florida’s Cheryl Ann Patton who was originally 2nd runner up accepted the Miss USA crown after Alabama’s Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe and California’s Susan Bradley who was 1st runner up declined the Miss USA title. Arizona’s Jineane Ford succeeded South Carolina’s Shawn Weatherly when she won Miss Universe 1980. New York’s Shanna Moakler succeeded Texas’ Chelsi Smith when she won Miss Universe 1995. Idaho’s Brandi Sherwood succeeded Hawaii’s Brook Lee when she won Miss Universe 1997 making Brandi the only woman in history to hold the titles of Miss USA (1997) and Miss Teen USA (1989). Maryland’s Nana Meriwether succeeded Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo when she won Miss Universe 2012.

Ties are broken if rankings are known. If not known, the more recent placements rank over those that have not placed as recently. Miss Memphis, TN 1954 will stay at 54th place and Miss Miami Beach, FL 1953 will stay at 55th place since cities other than the District of Columbia no longer compete at Miss USA. A thank you goes out to Michael Smith for your contribution.



MISS USA WINNERS:



1952 – New York – Jacqueline (Jackie) Loughery



1953 – Illinois – Myrna Hansen



1954 – South Carolina – Miriam Stevenson [won Miss Universe; no successor named]



1955 – Vermont – Carlene King Johnson (deceased 1969)



1956 – Iowa – Carol Morris [won Miss Universe; no successor named]



1957 – Maryland – Mary Leona Gage [dethroned (deceased 2010); succeeded by Utah – Charlotte Sheffield (deceased 2016)]



1958 – Louisiana – Eurlyne Howell



1959 – California – Terry Lynn Huntingdon



1960 – Utah – Linda Bement [won Miss Universe (deceased 2018); no successor named]



1961 – Louisiana – Sharon Brown



1962 – Hawaii – Macel Wilson



1963 – Illinois – Marite Ozers



1964 – District of Columbia – Barbara (Bobbi) Johnson



1965 – Ohio – Sue Ann Downey



1966 – California – Maria Remenyi



1967 – Alabama – Sylvia Hitchcock [won Miss Universe (deceased 2015); succeeded by Florida – Cheryl Ann Patton who was originally 2nd runner up but accepted the Miss USA title when 1st runner up California’s Susan Bradley declined]



1968 – Washington – Dorothy (Didi) Anstett



1969 – Virginia – Wendy Dascomb



1970 – Virginia – Deborah (Debbie) Shelton



1971 – Pennsylvania – Michele McDonald (deceased 2020)



1972 – Hawaii – Tanya Wilson



1973 – Illinois – Amanda Jones



1974 – Illinois – Karen Morrison



1975 – California – Summer Bartholomew



1976 – Minnesota – Barbara Peterson



1977 – Texas – Kimberly (Kim) Tomes



1978 – Hawaii – Judi Andersen



1979 – New York – Mary Therese Friel



1980 – South Carolina – Shawn Weatherly [won Miss Universe; succeeded by Arizona – Jineane Ford]



1981 – Ohio – Kimberly (Kim) Seelbrede



1982 – Arkansas – Terri Utley



1983 – California – Julie Hayek



1984 – New Mexico – Mai Shanley



1985 – Texas – Laura Martinez-Herring



1986 – Texas – Christiane (Christy) Fichtner



1987 – Texas – Michelle Royer



1988 – Texas – Courtney Gibbs



1989 – Texas – Gretchen Polhemus



1990 – Michigan – Carole Gist



1991 – Kansas – Kelli McCarty



1992 – California – Shannon Marketic



1993 – Michigan – Kenya Moore



1994 – South Carolina – Frances Louise (Lu) Parker



1995 – Texas – Chelsi Smith [won Miss Universe (deceased 2018); succeeded by New York – Shanna Moakler]



1996 – Louisiana – Ali Landry



1997 – Hawaii – Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee [won Miss Universe; succeeded by Idaho – Brandi Sherwood]



1998 – Massachusetts – Shawnae Jebbia



1999 – New York – Kimberly Pressler



2000 – Tennessee – Lynnette Cole



2001 – Texas – Kandace Krueger



2002 – District of Columbia – Shauntay Hinton



2003 – Massachusetts – Susie Castillo



2004 – Missouri – Shandi Finnessey



2005 – North Carolina – Chelsea Cooley



2006 – Kentucky – Tara Conner



2007 – Tennessee – Rachel Smith



2008 – Texas – Crystle Stewart



2009 – North Carolina – Kristen Dalton



2010 – Michigan – Rima Fakih



2011 – California – Alyssa Campanella



2012 – Rhode Island – Olivia Culpo [won Miss Universe; succeeded by Maryland – Nana Meriwether]



2013 – Connecticut – Erin Brady



2014 – Nevada – Nia Sanchez



2015 – Oklahoma – Olivia Jordan Thomas



2016 – District of Columbia – Deshauna Barber



2017 – District of Columbia – Kαra McCullough



2018 – Nebraska – Sarah Rose Summers



2019 – North Carolina – Cheslie Kryst



2020 – Mississippi – Asya Branch



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