Who Has the Most Miss USAs?


Updated for 2018!


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 67)

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

22

49

0

0

3

District of Columbia

4

2

0

0

2

0

13

21

0

0

4

Hawaii

4

1

1

1

1

0

14

22

1

0

5

Illinois

4

0

3

4

0

3

14

28

0

0

6

New York

3

5

1

1

1

1

22

34

0

1

7

South Carolina

3

4

3

2

1

3

19

35

2

0

8

Louisiana

3

1

1

6

1

1

13

26

0

0

9

Michigan

3

1

0

1

1

0

20

26

0

0

10

Tennessee

2

2

4

2

2

2

19

33

0

0

11

Virginia

2

2

1

0

1

2

15

23

0

0

12

North Carolina

2

1

3

2

1

0

8

17

0

0

13

Ohio

2

1

1

2

1

1

12

20

0

0

14

Massachusetts

2

1

0

0

0

0

12

15

0

0

15

Alabama

1

4

5

2

1

1

15

29

1

0

16

Kansas

1

2

2

1

1

0

3

10

0

0

17

Oklahoma

1

2

0

3

2

2

16

26

0

0

18

Maryland

1

2

0

0

2

0

16

21

0

1

19

Connecticut

1

2

0

0

1

0

7

11

0

0

20

Nevada

1

1

5

4

2

0

10

23

0

0

21

Rhode Island

1

1

2

0

0

0

7

11

1

0

22

Utah

1

1

1

4

1

1

12

21

1

1

23

New Mexico

1

1

1

0

3

1

10

17

0

0

24

Arkansas

1

1

1

0

0

0

10

13

0

0

25

Washington

1

1

0

1

0

0

10

13

0

0

26

Vermont

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

27

Missouri

1

0

3

3

2

1

14

24

0

0

28

Minnesota

1

0

2

1

2

0

8

14

0

0

29

Kentucky

1

0

1

2

6

0

6

16

0

0

30

Nebraska

1

0

1

1

1

0

8

12

0

0

31

Pennsylvania

1

0

0

0

1

1

10

13

0

0

32

Iowa

1

0

0

0

0

1

7

9

1

0

33

Florida

0

2

3

6

5

0

11

27

0

1

34

Arizona

0

2

3

2

0

2

17

26

0

1

35

New Jersey

0

2

3

0

1

0

12

18

0

0

36

Georgia

0

1

6

1

7

2

8

25

0

0

37

Indiana

0

1

2

1

0

1

9

14

0

0

38

West Virginia

0

1

1

0

0

0

8

10

0

0

39

Mississippi

0

1

0

1

2

1

5

10

0

0

40

North Dakota

0

1

0

1

1

1

0

4

0

0

41

Idaho

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

4

0

1

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



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 accounts 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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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

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 – 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



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