Why does America still have only 50 states?
Why did they stop at 50?
Cause its a nice round number?
They have not gotten any more states for almost 100 years now, what is the problem there, is it corruption, is it laziness?
They should be up to about 65 or 70 states by now, what is going on?
Not judging just asking.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
We could make the Virgin Islands a state. There is also Puerto Rico, except they do not want to be a state. How about Guam or the American Samoa? Also Texas could divide into five states if they wanted. That would give them five times the power in the Senate.
- RICKLv 76 months ago
The option for Texas to split into 5 States was in the original state Constitution when the joined the Union in 1946/ It was not put into the new constitution when they rejoined thee Union following thee Civil War
- FoofaLv 76 months ago
The most likely contender, Puerto Rico, keeps turning us down.
- CliveLv 76 months ago
For the very obvious reason that there's nowhere left to BE a state that isn't one already or part of another country. Except for US territories, and none of them have voted to "upgrade" to being a state. Nowhere would become a state unless the people were asked. There's no law about this but it's a big step to take so it would be only right to ask the people to vote on it.
Your timing seems to be off. Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959 and that certainly isn't 100 years ago.
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- oikoσLv 76 months ago
Your dates are off. Arizona came into the union about a century back but Alaska and Hawai'i became states in the late 50s.
- StarryskyLv 76 months ago
One has to have a territory (meaning land) that has a large population of US citizens. Alaska, Hawaii are examples. When enough of the population votes for statehood, that result is submitted to the US Congress. They make laws to have those territories become states.
Now only Puerto Rico has voted whether or not to become the 51st state. The vote was close, but it was defeated. Some others. like Guam and US Virgin Islands have not been voting for statehood.
As far as other countries merging with USA to become part of our system with our problems, no takers in the forseeable future. Canada, Mexico and a host of others are way too smart for that.