Size Matters: Visualizing The Tallest Building In Each State

Tyler Durden's picture

The United States has some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, but their distribution is extremely uneven. Today’s infographic comes from, and it covers the tallest building in each state.

As Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins explains, New York City alone has 6,229 highrises – more than the next nine cities combined, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Miami, and Dallas.

Surprisingly, multiple states don’t have a single building over 200 feet (61 m) tall. The tallest building in Vermont is an 11-story apartment building called Decker Towers. South Dakota is nearly as quaint – the CenturyLink Tower in Sioux Falls is the tallest building in the state, but it’s also only 11 stories tall.


Here is the building that tips the scale for each of the ten “tallest” states:


Here is what ranks as the tallest building for the “shortest” ten states (also includes D.C.):


Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Not surprisingly, about 76% of these highrises are office buildings, with one of every three named after a bank. However, the tallest buildings in some of states have pretty unique purposes. The tallest habitable building in D.C., for example, is the lengthily-named Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the largest Roman Catholic church in North America.

The tallest building in Nevada is The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the respective State Capitol buildings of North Dakota and West Virginia tower above any other skylines in those states.

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itstippy's picture

C'mon Tyler, we used to get this kind of article in our Weekly Reader in 6th grade.  

By the way, the highest state in Wisconsin honors go to Victor "Buggy" Bugowski of Madison who, after smoking half an ounce of killer weed, got the munchies and ate his roommate's pan of brownies.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I need a Visual Capitalist graph on ZeroHedge of all the Visual Capitalist graphs on ZeroHedge.

Jim Sampson's picture

The Stratosphere in Vegas is 1149.

tmosley's picture

>Shortest state


What the fuck is going on with this "there are 51 states" bullshit lately?

Dane Bramage's picture

RIF  "(also includes D.C.):"

wee-weed up's picture



Most are in Lib hell holes...

Which is why your taxes are going up (again!!) if you live there.

Manthong's picture

Yeah, but the deepest hole is Mona Nandoomy at the Pokehers Tap in Toadsuck, Arkansas.

Déjà view's picture

U.S. has 2 of worlds top 20 and a total of 27 in top 200...Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Dubai are moving up very fast...

Worldwide Hong kong has top skyline ranking...N.Y. second...Chicago 15...Houston 62...Honolulu 65...Los Angeles 79...Atlanta 83...San Francisco 87...Las Vegas 92 of top 100...

limited man's picture
limited man (not verified) Déjà view Feb 25, 2017 4:16 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Stuck on Zero's picture

In my view giant skyscrapers and enormous stadiums are gleaming symbols of corruption. They mark the epicenters of homelessness and despair.

toady's picture

Especially stadiums.. I always hated corporations buying "naming rights" . It's hard to find a stadium/areana without a corporate name anymore. 


They are actually pretty much representative of values/availability of the land. As the cost of the land increase the buildings have to go up in order to generate enough income to cover the cost of the expensive land. If land is available and cheap it is much less expensive to simply make a larger single story building.

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Tlön Uqbar (not verified) Manthong Feb 25, 2017 11:11 AM

Suck one, Butte, MT!

Global Douche's picture

Yes, fellow ZH'ers, There IS a Toad Suck in Arkansas. It was on the Arkansas River near present-day Conway where an annual festival is held in Conway proper. You'll even see mention of the area on at least one sign along I-40.

Being an Arkie Native, I'd have to disagree that's the deepest hole in the Natural State. The absolute Ground Zero anal port is squarely in the center of Grant County, with their white trash having the black hole effect, sucking in almost anything decent to degrade, acting like the black folks they hate. Many will give Second Place to Mountainburg (Crawford County) for Raw Redneckism, and for Big City Issues with Attitude? Clearly, West Memphis fills this role nicely. A mini-Memphis with a dog track and immense traffic of both I-40 & I-55. I can give Honorable Mention to a few other places, among the most noteable being Pine Bluff where drugs remain a huge issue, and some may recall a 107 year old man was gunned down by SWAT, they getting medals for their brave duty. With some, Iraq and Afghanistan never leave, don't they?

WIth that said - Don't give any beggars any $$ if you're approached by black folk anywhere along I-40 east of Lonoke, all the way to Memphis. They're almost as wise as their Nigerian 419 cousins (why the fuck the IRS doesn't operate a sting and enforce Civil Asset Forfeiture on these people is completely baffling to me!) Also, watch out if you travel the old 71 Route through downtown Fayetteville. Many illegals in the area can barely drive, or drive like shit.

Mr. Universe's picture

I happened to travel to the City yesterday. On the way over on the bridge I looked at that building and yes, it leans noticeably. If there is any kind of moderate + earthquake, this baby is coming downtown.

tmosley's picture

Call me crazy, but last I checked, DC wasn't a state.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) tmosley Feb 25, 2017 12:36 AM

I thought there were 57 States

ZD1's picture

Obama said there are 57 states so it must be true.

BarkingCat's picture

The states of delusion and denial being 2 of them.

But I cannot recall other ones that apply to Obama.

Global Douche's picture

Although never recognized as a State, Puerto Rico reportedly voted to allow themselves to become our 51st. I think the Big $$ kept them from achieving this, although there's strong resistance. Maybe with their economic problems, it's best they remain a Commonwealth for now?

44_shooter's picture

The highest building in los angeles is the Wilshire Grand Center at 1100 feet. US Bank is number 2 in LA.


"Journalists" aren't even capable of fact checking weekly reader articles, even with the entire Internet at their disposal.





ATM's picture

I had a Plants and Man class with Buggy in 1982 in Madison. Everyone assumed his nickname was derived from his last name but it actually had more to do with the state of his dorm room.

DirkDiggler11's picture

If your States tallest building is NOT a bank, you are off to a good start...

e_goldstein's picture

Meh, you say that now, but you'll change your tune once they start throwing bankers from the tops of them...





A Dollar Short's picture

I bet those states have the tallest fire engine laddars too..

ironmace's picture

Cool story, bro.

sodbuster's picture

> South Dakota is nearly as quaint – the CenturyLink Tower in Sioux Falls is the tallest building in the state, but it’s also only 11 stories tall.< 

Dude! We don't need to spend big bucks building UP. We got lots of room!!!   Oh, and before I forget- Fuck California!!!

Global Douche's picture

I'm surprised the hospitals in Sioux Falls aren't taller, but there are so many of them (most doctors likely from Mayo Clinic) I had to drive a college friend there to a specialist on the Seventh floor of one of them during early 2011. If I get awful sick and need a good Doc, there may be some competition without all the traffic and headaches of Big Cities. ObamaCare may not be such a pain in the ass there, except for the Doctors of course!

What makes South Dakota shine is their corporate tax structure, plenty of outdoors to enjoy, and not so many fucking mosquitoes as their northern neighbor. I admit I like the western half better, even with all the tourists.

Gen. Ripper's picture

Visualize who couldn't care less

Automatic Choke's picture

(visualizing.....visualizing......wait.  i need to get higher.)


unsafe-space-time's picture

This map shows me desirable places to settle.

I Write Code's picture

By dint of a 160-foot erection on the top, the tallest building in Los Angeles is now the Korean Air building, set to open in ten days:

I think that's tall enough that they could run a zipline from the 73rd floor to Dodger Stadium, or close.

itstippy's picture

A 160-foot erection is impressive, but call your doctor if it lasts more than four hours.

CrankyCurmudgeon's picture

Come on, weekend Tylers. 5 mnutes on Facebook would give you better than this.

And I'm the guy who's getting his jollies trolling the Trumptards here. Up your game man! 

Someone on ZH, please make a book on how soon the open criticism of Tyler gets me banned. I call 8AM Hong Kong Time

Even if are aTrump supporter you should pay attention. One of your guys will be next.


Have I said, "Up your game?"

NoBillsOfCredit's picture

The question is who do you support of the choices available?

Dildocks's picture

Forgot the yellow pill today, broke his restraints, now flouncing around the nursing home thinking he's Joan of Arc. Could some one call the nurse?

Trucker Glock's picture

"The United States has some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, but their distribution is extremely uneven."

You're going to trigger Hank Johnson.

DarthVaderMentor's picture

Now we have a list of the places you don't want to be inside of when TSHTF.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

And exactly how many of these fire traps were built with absolutely NO government funding?

Falconsixone's picture

My house is only about 20' high but I can fit inside. also the trees are taller and moutains even taller. I've had tall one before  but never in a really tall building like the banks have. Do really tall bank buildings fall down like if a jet runs in to them or only if they're the really really tall ones?

Slayer's picture

Imagine my surprise when I went to bed in Phoenix and woke up in Arkansas. Super job of proofreading. The public school system has been and is nothing but a money hole producing idiots. Some times it's good to be old.