There are no U.S. states that start with the letter ‘Q.’

Which isn’t all that strange really.

Q isn’t exactly a go-to letter, so it’s no surprise it got skipped.

You also won’t need Q states in Scattergories, since “Q” is one of the letters excluded from the game’s die.

Still, if you are working on a ‘Q’ assignment or want to impress your friends with your serious “Q” state knowledge, we’ve got the means.

You’re just gonna have to look beyond the borders of the U.S. or get creative.

International States That Start With Q

Though there are no U.S. states that start with the letter Q, there are a few other countries that call their territories states and have states with Q names.

In Australia, for instance, you’ve got –

  • Queensland

In Mexico, you’ve got –

  • Querétaro

Independent States That Start With Q

Along with countries that call their independent territories “states,” there are also countries that are considered independent, or sovereign, states.

The sovereign states that start with “Q” are:

  • Qatar

Basically, any country that is not under the political or social control of another country is considered a sovereign state, including the United States.

States of Being That Start With Q

Now, if you really want to push your luck with “state” (and with “Q,” you’re probably going to have to, because it is one of the least represented letters throughout the world’s states), you can also go with a different definition of “state.”

Namely, this definition –

“the condition of a person or thing” (

This opens up tons of possibilities.

So, what ‘Q’ states can a person or thing be in?

  • Qualifying
  • Quantum
  • Quartered
  • Questionable
  • Quiet
  • Quirky
  • Quixotic
  • Quotidian

Whether or not you’ll get away with any of these really depends on how cool the group you’re playing with is or how cool your teacher is.

But, unless it’s explicitly stated that you must name a “place that is a state” or a “US state” that starts with a Q, it’s kind of open to interpretation, isn’t it?

Plus, you’re being super creative (good for you!), so you should really get bonus points.

Onward From the ‘Q’ State Names

So, there you have it. No U.S. state names start with the letter ‘Q.’

But there are plenty of interpretations of the word “state,” so don’t be afraid to get creative and try your luck!

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