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The tallest building in every state, ranked

The tallest building in every state, ranked
  • Every state has a highest building, whether it's an 11-story apartment building or a super tall skyscraper reaching well over 1,000 feet.
  • We ranked the highest buildings in all 50 states ahead of National Skyscraper Day on September 3.
  • The tallest building is 15 times larger than the smallest.

While tall buildings are concentrated in the larger cities in the US, every state has to have their own tallest building. We found the largest building in each state using data from The Skyscraper Center, a database maintained by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

To celebrate National Skyscraper Day, keep scrolling to see where your state's tallest building ranks.

50. Decker Towers in Burlington, Vermont, is 116 feet tall.

50. Decker Towers in Burlington, Vermont, is 116 feet tall.
Decker Towers. Google Maps

According to Seven Days, the apartment complex reaches 116.3 feet and has 11 floors, making it the smallest "big" building in the US.

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49. The CenturyLink Tower in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is 174 feet tall.

49. The CenturyLink Tower in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is 174 feet tall.
CenturyLink Tower. dustin77a/Shutterstock
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48. White Hall at the University of Wyoming in Laramie is 200 feet tall.

48. White Hall at the University of Wyoming in Laramie is 200 feet tall.
White Hall. Google Maps

Wyoming's tallest building is a college dorm. White Hall reaches 12 stories high.

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47. The Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston, Maine, is 220 feet tall.

47. The Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston, Maine, is 220 feet tall.
The Agora Grand. Courtesy of the Agora Grand.

The Agora mainly serves as a wedding venue. The tower rises 20 stories above the ground.

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46. North Dakota's State Capitol in Bismarck is 242 feet tall.

46. North Dakota's State Capitol in Bismarck is 242 feet tall.
North Dakota's State Capitol. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

An urban legend in North Dakota posits that no building in the state can be taller than the 19-story capitol building, but there's no such law.

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45. The First Interstate Center in Billings, Montana, is 272 feet tall.

45. The First Interstate Center in Billings, Montana, is 272 feet tall.
The First Interstate Center. Google Maps

The 18-story office building is located in the heart of downtown Billings.

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44. City Hall Plaza in Manchester, New Hampshire, is 275 feet tall.

44. City Hall Plaza in Manchester, New Hampshire, is 275 feet tall.
City Hall Plaza. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

City Hall Plaza has 20 floors and 219,700 square feet of space.

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43. West Virginia's State Capitol in Charleston is 293 feet tall.

43. West Virginia's State Capitol in Charleston is 293 feet tall.
West Virginia State Capitol. Archive Photos/Getty Images

The golden dome of West Virginia's capitol building is larger than that of the capitol building in Washington, DC.

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42. The Conoco-Phillips Building in Anchorage is 296 feet tall.

42. The Conoco-Phillips Building in Anchorage is 296 feet tall.
The Conoco-Phillips Building. Kevin G. Smith / Design Pics via Getty Images

The Conoco-Phillips building is located in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, and is part of a three-building complex. It has 21 floors.

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41. Eighth & Main in Boise, Idaho, is 323 feet tall.

41. Eighth & Main in Boise, Idaho, is 323 feet tall.
Eighth & Main. Joe Jaszewski for The Washington Post via Getty Images
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40. The River Tower at Christina Landing in Wilmington, Delaware, is 340 feet tall.

40. The River Tower at Christina Landing in Wilmington, Delaware, is 340 feet tall.
The River Tower at Christina Landing. Khairil Azhar Junos/Shutterstock

The apartment building is located right on the Christina River and has 27 floors.

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39. The Beau Rivage Casino Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, is 347 feet tall.

39. The Beau Rivage Casino Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, is 347 feet tall.
Night Skyline of Biloxi, Mississippi. fasthorses/Shutterstock
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38. Capitol Center in Columbia, South Carolina, is 349 feet tall.

38. Capitol Center in Columbia, South Carolina, is 349 feet tall.
Capitol Center. Richard Cummins / robertharding via Getty Images
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37. Albuquerque Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is 351 feet tall.

37. Albuquerque Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is 351 feet tall.
Albuquerque Plaza. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Albuquerque Plaza is also known as the US Eagle Building and is 22 floors.

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36. The Epic Center in Wichita, Kansas, is 385 feet tall.

36. The Epic Center in Wichita, Kansas, is 385 feet tall.
The Epic Center. Tyler Mabie/Shutterstock

The Epic Center has 24 floors and 250,000 square feet.

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35. The Wells Fargo Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, is 422 feet tall.

35. The Wells Fargo Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, is 422 feet tall.
The Wells Fargo Center. Google Maps
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34. The Industrial National Bank Building in Providence, Rhode Island, is 428 feet tall.

34. The Industrial National Bank Building in Providence, Rhode Island, is 428 feet tall.
The Industrial National Bank Building. Richard Cummins/Getty Images

The building is called the "Superman Building" by locals due to its resemblance to the Daily Planet, the newspaper that Clark Kent works at in the comics.

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33. The First Hawaiian Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, is 429 feet tall.

33. The First Hawaiian Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, is 429 feet tall.
First Hawaiian Center. Google Maps

This 30-story building contains part of the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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32. The Chase Tower in Phoenix, Arizona, is 483 feet tall.

32. The Chase Tower in Phoenix, Arizona, is 483 feet tall.
Hotel San Carlos and Chase Bank Tower in Phoenix, Arizona. Richard Cummins/Getty Images
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31. The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is 508 feet tall.

31. The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is 508 feet tall.
The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. Google Maps

The hotel was renovated in 2018 and has an 8,332-square-foot ballroom.

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30. The Transamerica Tower in Baltimore, Maryland, is 529 feet tall.

30. The Transamerica Tower in Baltimore, Maryland, is 529 feet tall.
The Transamerica Tower. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The 37-story skyscraper sold in 2015 for $121 million.

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29. City Place I in Hartford, Connecticut, is 535 feet tall.

29. City Place I in Hartford, Connecticut, is 535 feet tall.
City Place I. Porter Gifford/Liaison via Getty Images

City Place I has been the state's tallest building since the '80s and has 38 floors.

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28. Simmons Tower in Little Rock, Arkansas, is 546 feet tall (and is tied with the following building).

28. Simmons Tower in Little Rock, Arkansas, is 546 feet tall (and is tied with the following building).
Simmons Tower. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images
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28. The Wells Fargo Center in Portland, Oregon, is also 546 feet tall.

28. The Wells Fargo Center in Portland, Oregon, is also 546 feet tall.
The Wells Fargo Center. Richard Cummins/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, the Wells Fargo Center also has 40 floors and "panoramic views of downtown Portland, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Willamette River," according to its website.

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26. 400 West Market in Louisville, Kentucky, is 549 feet tall.

26. 400 West Market in Louisville, Kentucky, is 549 feet tall.
400 West Market. John Burgee with Philip Johnson/Shutterstock

Louisville's 400 West Market was completed in 1993 and has 35 floors.

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25. The US Bank Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is 601 feet tall.

25. The US Bank Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is 601 feet tall.
The US Bank Center. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The 42-story skyscraper won a Distinguished Building Award in 1974 from the American Institute of Architects upon completion.

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24. AT&T Building in Nashville, Tennessee, is 617 feet tall.

24. AT&T Building in Nashville, Tennessee, is 617 feet tall.
The AT&T Building. Rainer Grosskopf/Getty Images

Nashville locals know it as the "Batman Building" due to its striking resemblance to Batman's mask with the two spires on either side — however, the design was actually supposed to emulate cellphone antennae.

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23. One Kansas City Place in Kansas City, Missouri, is 624 feet tall.

23. One Kansas City Place in Kansas City, Missouri, is 624 feet tall.
One Kansas City Place. Tupungato/Shutterstock

One Kansas City Place has 42 stories and 1.3 million square feet of space.

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22. 801 Grand in Des Moines, Iowa, is 630 feet tall.

22. 801 Grand in Des Moines, Iowa, is 630 feet tall.
801 Grand. f11photo/Shutterstock

Des Moines' 801 Grand has 44 floors and is 630 feet tall. It also has more than 2,000 steps.

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21. The First National Bank Tower in Omaha, Nebraska, is 634 feet tall.

21. The First National Bank Tower in Omaha, Nebraska, is 634 feet tall.
The First National Bank Tower. Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock

This 46-story building also has two underground tunnels to combat frigid Nebraska winters.

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20. The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada, is 642 feet tall.

20. The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada, is 642 feet tall.
The Palazzo. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The Palazzo opened in 2008, cost a whopping $1.9 billion, and is 50 stories tall. But the Palazzo most likely won't stay the tallest building for long. There are two hotels in progress, The Drew Las Vegas and Resorts World Las Vegas that, once completed, both will be taller than the Palazzo.

Stratosphere Tower is also technically taller, but according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding observation towers that are not inhabitable structures are not considered "buildings."

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19. The Hancock Whitney Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, is 697 feet tall.

19. The Hancock Whitney Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, is 697 feet tall.
Hancock Whitney Center. jejim/Shutterstock

The Hancock Whitney Center recently opened under its new name in January 2019. Prior to that, the 51-story building was known as One Shell Square.

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18. Republic Plaza in Denver, Colorado, is 714 feet tall.

18. Republic Plaza in Denver, Colorado, is 714 feet tall.
Republic Plaza. Luis Castaneda Inc./Getty Images

Republic Plaza was recently renovated in the past few years and has 56 floors.

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17. The RSA Battle House Tower in Mobile, Alabama, is 745 feet tall.

17. The RSA Battle House Tower in Mobile, Alabama, is 745 feet tall.
The RSA Battle House Tower. Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

The building has 35 floors and contains both offices and apartments.

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16. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, is 755 feet tall.

16. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, is 755 feet tall.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The hotel has 70 floors and 1,298 rooms. While a new set-to-be 912-foot skyscraper was planned in Detroit as well, it was announced in January 2020 that the Renaissance Center would remain the tallest building in Michigan.

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15. John Hancock Tower in Boston, Massachusetts, is 790 feet tall.

15. John Hancock Tower in Boston, Massachusetts, is 790 feet tall.
John Hancock Tower. Stefan Ugljevarevic/Shutterstock

John Hancock Tower, or 200 Clarendon, depending on who you ask, is the tallest building in New England topping out at 790 feet.

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14. The IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is 792 feet tall.

14. The IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is 792 feet tall.
The IDS Center. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The IDS Center has towered over Minneapolis since its completion in 1972 and has 57 floors.

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13. The Salesforce Tower in Indianapolis, Indiana, is 811 feet tall.

13. The Salesforce Tower in Indianapolis, Indiana, is 811 feet tall.
The Salesforce Tower. Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

The Salesforce Tower is 48 stories tall — and Salesforce itself occupies 12 of them.

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12. Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is 850 feet tall.

12. Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is 850 feet tall.
Devon Tower. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

The building's three-sided design "evolved in part from Devon's desire to not 'turn its back' on any part of the city," according to Skyscraper Center.

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11. Panorama Tower in Miami, Florida, is 868 feet tall.

11. Panorama Tower in Miami, Florida, is 868 feet tall.
Panorama Tower. Google Maps

Panorama Tower literally towers over Miami — it has 85 floors.

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10. The Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, is 871 feet tall.

10. The Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, is 871 feet tall.
The Bank of America Corporate Center. Scott Olson/Getty Images
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9. 99 Hudson Street in Jersey City, New Jersey, is 900 feet tall.

9. 99 Hudson Street in Jersey City, New Jersey, is 900 feet tall.
99 Hudson Street. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

99 Hudson Street took the crown from the Goldman Sachs Tower (a fellow Jersey City building) when its construction topped off in late 2018, at a height of 900 feet. As of May 2020, the luxury condo building is almost ready for opening.

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8. The Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington, is 943 feet tall.

8. The Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington, is 943 feet tall.
The Columbia Center. John & Lisa Merrill/Getty Images

The Columbia Center is home to the Skyview Observatory on the 73rd floor of the building, making it the highest observatory deck in the Pacific Northwest.

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7. Key Tower in Cleveland, Ohio, is 947 feet tall.

7. Key Tower in Cleveland, Ohio, is 947 feet tall.
Key Tower. Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

Key Tower has 57 floors, and is attached to the Cleveland Marriott Downtown.

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6. The JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas, is 1,002 feet tall.

6. The JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston, Texas, is 1,002 feet tall.
The JPMorgan Chase Tower. JB Manning/Shutterstock

The building has 75 floors, and contains the largest sculpture ever commissioned by famed artist Joan Miró.

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5. Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, is 1,023 feet tall.

5. Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, is 1,023 feet tall.
Bank of America Plaza. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The tallest building in Georgia has 55 stories and 1.3 million square feet of space.

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4. The Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, California, is 1,100 feet tall.

4. The Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, California, is 1,100 feet tall.
Wilshire Grand Center. Mitch Diamond/Getty Images

The 73-floor skyscraper is home to the Hotel InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

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3. The Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is 1,121 feet tall.

3. The Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is 1,121 feet tall.
The Comcast Technology Center. James Leynse/Getty Images

The 60-story Comcast Technology Center was Philadelphia's first "supertall" building, which is defined as anything above 1,000 feet, according to Curbed.

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2. Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois, is 1,451 feet tall.

2. Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois, is 1,451 feet tall.
Willis Tower. Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Equity Office

It's 1,730 feet tall if you include the building's antennae.

While it might technically be called Willis Tower, both locals and tourists alike can agree that this 110-floor building will always be the Sears Tower in our hearts.

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