By - JustFunAccount007
That’s just the way it worked out. It could be 51, if Puerto Rico votes for it. Guam has also historically been a possible candidate for statehood.
The US owns several Territories that may become states in the future. It just depends on what the people living there want to do with their futures.
I would feel bad for the 1.9 million American's who would have to share a state with someone else.
As opposed to how many?
Because history worked out that the land under American possession was divided into fifty smaller sections. It is hard to answer this question any more than this without delving deep in several centuries of American history to figure the historical reason for each single state, and the reason for the why other parts of land did not become states (e.g Canada, American colonies, etc.).
Because if DC and Puerto Rico were made states that would be 4 likely democratic senators, and republicans would rather die than let that happen. Even though they have more people than many states.
Because we didn't buy another one yet
Because we haven’t added any since Alaska and Hawaii in 1959. We are currently in the longest stretch of time since a state was added, by far.