Utah tops the 2014 Eagle Scout rankings; where does your state fall?

Let’s give a big hand to Utah.

No state produced more Eagle Scouts in 2014 than Utah. Thanks in large part to the strong support Scouting receives from the LDS church there, 5,480 young men became Eagle Scouts in Utah last year.

That was enough for our nation’s 45th state to be No. 1 on the list for at least the sixth year in a row. That’s every year since 2009 — the first year for which detailed Eagle Scout statistics were made available to me.

California, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York round out 2014’s top 5. See the complete list — 1 to 50 — below.

Also, because it’s not really fair to compare the number of Eagle Scouts in the nation’s most populous state (California) and its least (Wyoming), I’ve included population-adjusted rankings as well. In that list, Wyoming leaps 42 spots to No. 3, while California drops 34 spots to No. 36.

Utah, though, tops both lists. Nicely done, Utah!

States ranked by number of 2014 Eagle Scouts

  1. Utah: 5,480
  2. California: 4,883
  3. Texas: 4,058
  4. Pennsylvania: 2,349
  5. New York: 1,954
  6. Virginia: 1,937
  7. North Carolina: 1,836
  8. Ohio: 1,748
  9. Illinois: 1,724
  10. Florida: 1,556
  11. Georgia: 1,413
  12. Missouri: 1,363
  13. New Jersey: 1,281
  14. Washington: 1,279
  15. Arizona: 1,209
  16. Michigan: 1,199
  17. Idaho: 1,182
  18. Minnesota: 1,045
  19. Massachusetts: 1,026
  20. Maryland: 952
  21. Colorado: 900
  22. Wisconsin: 893
  23. Tennessee: 885
  24. Indiana: 842
  25. Connecticut: 674
  26. South Carolina: 630
  27. Kansas: 606
  28. Oregon: 566
  29. Alabama: 559
  30. Iowa: 513
  31. Nevada: 465
  32. Kentucky: 459
  33. Oklahoma: 455
  34. Mississippi: 387
  35. Nebraska: 378
  36. Louisiana: 367
  37. Arkansas: 281
  38. Hawaii: 236
  39. Rhode Island: 220
  40. West Virginia: 212
  41. Montana: 180
  42. New Hampshire: 178
  43. New Mexico: 173
  44. Maine: 164
  45. Wyoming: 159
  46. Alaska: 123
  47. Delaware: 95
  48. South Dakota: 94
  49. Vermont: 92
  50. North Dakota: 90

States ranked by number of 2014 Eagle Scouts (population-adjusted)

It’s not fair to compare tiny Wyoming to California. So this list shows which states produced a disproportionately large (or small) number of Eagle Scouts in 2014 once you factor in population.

(FYI, I used these 2014 population numbers.)

  1. Utah
  2. Idaho
  3. Wyoming
  4. Virginia
  5. Missouri
  6. Kansas
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Nebraska
  9. Minnesota
  10. Connecticut
  11. North Carolina
  12. Pennsylvania
  13. Washington
  14. Arizona
  15. Montana
  16. Colorado
  17. Alaska
  18. Hawaii
  19. Iowa
  20. Nevada
  21. Maryland
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Massachusetts
  24. Ohio
  25. Texas
  26. Vermont
  27. New Jersey
  28. Oregon
  29. Georgia
  30. Tennessee
  31. New Hampshire
  32. Illinois
  33. South Carolina
  34. Mississippi
  35. Indiana
  36. California
  37. Maine
  38. North Dakota
  39. Michigan
  40. Oklahoma
  41. Alabama
  42. West Virginia
  43. South Dakota
  44. Kentucky
  45. Delaware
  46. New York
  47. Arkansas
  48. New Mexico
  49. Louisiana
  50. Florida

Eagle Scouts who don’t live in one of the 50

Not all Boy Scouts (and Eagle Scouts) live in one of the 50 United States. Here are those numbers from 2014:

  • Puerto Rico: 161
  • Transatlantic: 121
  • Direct Services: 82
  • Far East: 57
  • Washington, D.C.: 28
  • U.S. Virgin Islands: 4

Council-by-council rankings, 2014

As requested by a commenter, I’m adding the council rankings below. Take these with a big pinch of salt, though. Councils with more Scouts will, of course, have more young men earning the Eagle Scout award.

I don’t have the council-by-council membership numbers right now, so this list is purely a ranked list that doesn’t take into account council size.

The number before the council name is the council number, which is used for record-keeping.

  1. 591 Utah National Parks
  2. 590 Great Salt Lake
  3. 82 National Capital Area
  4. 589 Trapper Trails
  5. 10 Grand Canyon
  6. 576 Sam Houston Area
  7. 571 Circle Ten
  8. 250 Northern Star
  9. 307 Heart of America
  10. 39 Orange County
  11. 92 Atlanta Area
  12. 312 Greater St. Louis Area
  13. 662 Longhorn
  14. 107 Grand Teton
  15. 47 Golden Empire
  16. 492 Cascade Pacific
  17. 49 San Diego – Imperial
  18. 220 Baltimore Area
  19. 421 Occoneechee
  20. 609 Chief Seattle
  21. 272 Great Lakes (merged into 784)
  22. 61 Denver Area
  23. 527 Laurel Highlands
  24. 45 California Inland Empire
  25. 83 Central Florida
  26. 66 Connecticut Rivers
  27. 564 Capitol Area
  28. 106 Ore – Ida
  29. 160 Crossroads of America
  30. 328 Las Vegas Area
  31. 1 Greater Alabama
  32. 438 Dan Beard
  33. 127 Three Fires
  34. 358 Partriots’ Path
  35. 55 Silicon Valley Monterey Bay (25 & 55 merged)
  36. 583 Alamo Area
  37. 560 Middle Tennessee
  38. 23 Mount Diablo – Silverado
  39. 441 Simon Kenton
  40. 333 Northern New Jersey
  41. 205 Lincoln Heritage
  42. 525 Cradle of Liberty
  43. 602 Heart of Virginia
  44. 326 Mid – America
  45. 40 San Gabriel Valley
  46. 777 Washington Crossing (was Bucks County)
  47. 404 Suffolk County
  48. 635 Bay – Lakes
  49. 51 Western Los Angeles Area
  50. 782 Water and Woods FSC
  51. 546 Narragansett
  52. 101 Northeast Georgia
  53. 70 Old North State
  54. 611 Inland Northwest
  55. 415 Mecklenburg County
  56. 33 Los Angeles Area
  57. 544 New Birth of Freedom
  58. 783 Southern Shores FSC
  59. 386 Theodore Roosevelt
  60. 612 Pacific Harbors
  61. 104 Aloha
  62. 781 President Gerald R. Ford FSC
  63. 60 Pikes Peak
  64. 72 Connecticut Yankee
  65. 86 Gulf Ridge
  66. 397 Seneca Waterways
  67. 87 North Florida
  68. 558 Chickasaw
  69. 236 Yankee Clipper
  70. 502 Minsi Trails
  71. 539 Chester County
  72. 129 Northeast Illinois
  73. 480 Last Frontier
  74. 557 Great Smokey Mountain
  75. 31 Pacific Skyline
  76. 84 South Florida
  77. 347 Monmouth
  78. 249 Old Colony
  79. 62 Longs Peak
  80. 374 Hudson Valley
  81. 690 Burlington County
  82. 420 Piedmont
  83. 57 Ventura County
  84. 28 San Francisco Bay Area
  85. 315 Montana
  86. 751 Northwest Suburban
  87. 433 Great Trail
  88. 553 Indian Waters
  89. 606 Mount Baker
  90. 364 Twin Rivers
  91. 177 Mid – Iowa
  92. 244 Knox Trail
  93. 488 Indian Nations
  94. 330 Daniel Webster
  95. 595 Colonial Virginia
  96. 551 Blue Ridge
  97. 661 Puerto Rico
  98. 599 Blue Ridge Mountains
  99. 427 Old Hickory
  100. 81 Del – Mar – Va
  101. 388 Westchester – Putnam
  102. 660 Blackhawk Area
  103. 596 Tidewater
  104. 636 Three Harbors
  105. 85 Gulf Stream
  106. 95 Flint River
  107. 306 Ozark Trails
  108. 380 Greater Niagara Frontier
  109. 640 Greater New York Councils
  110. 426 East Carolina
  111. 147 Des Plains Valley
  112. 412 Great Southwest
  113. 373 Longhouse
  114. 429 Northern Lights
  115. 574 Bay Area
  116. 651 Potawatomi Area
  117. 18 Quapaw Area
  118. 111 Snake River
  119. 528 Hawk Mountain
  120. 440 Greater Cleveland
  121. 204 Blue Grass
  122. 620 Glacier’s Edge
  123. 88 Southwest Florida
  124. 198 Quivira
  125. 463 Great Western Reserve
  126. 138 W. D. Boyce
  127. 27 Sequoia
  128. 114 Lewis and Clark
  129. 303 Andrew Jackson
  130. 416 Central North Carolina
  131. 211 Istrouma Area
  132. 218 Pine Tree
  133. 329 Nevada Area
  134. 550 Coastal Carolina
  135. 617 Buckskin
  136. 11 Catalina
  137. 16 Westark Area
  138. 653 Great Rivers
  139. 802 Transatlantic
  140. 460 Erie Shores
  141. 585 East Texas Area
  142. 59 Greater Yosemite
  143. 436 Buckeye
  144. 450 Heart of Ohio
  145. 604 Blue Mountain
  146. 501 Northeastern Pennsylvania
  147. 763 Stonewall Jackson Area
  148. 89 West Central Florida
  149. 524 Pennsylvania Dutch
  150. 610 Great Alaska
  151. 425 Cape Fear
  152. 444 Miami Valley
  153. 156 Buffalo Trace
  154. 172 Hawkeye Area
  155. 512 Westmoreland – Fayette
  156. 53 Los Padres
  157. 227 Boston Minuteman
  158. 254 Mohegan
  159. 341 Jersey Shore
  160. 157 Anthony Wayne Area
  161. 118 Chicago Area
  162. 145 Hoosier Trails
  163. 234 Western Massachusetts
  164. 299 Gamehaven
  165. 449 Black Swamp Area
  166. 592 Green Mountain
  167. 491 Crater Lake
  168. 573 Yucca
  169. 577 South Texas
  170. 627 Samoset
  171. 598 Shenandoah Area
  172. 324 Cornhusker
  173. 549 Palmetto
  174. 559 West Tennessee Area
  175. 748 Yocona Area
  176. 702 Rainbow
  177. 214 Southeast Louisiana
  178. 414 Daniel Boone
  179. 91 Chattahoochee
  180. 733 Sioux
  181. 41 Redwood Empire
  182. 800 Direct Service
  183. 697 Oregon Trail
  184. 713 Sequoyah
  185. 230 Nashua Valley
  186. 773 Gulf Coast
  187. 32 Long Beach Area
  188. 96 Central Georgia
  189. 133 Illowa
  190. 311 Pony Express
  191. 99 Coastal ( Empire) Georgia – 3/1/14
  192. 173 Winnebago
  193. 532 French Creek
  194. 533 Susquehanna
  195. 58 Verdugo Hills
  196. 304 Pine Burr
  197. 578 Three Rivers
  198. 296 Central Minnesota
  199. 424 Tuscarora
  200. 439 Tecumseh
  201. 497 Juniata Valley
  202. 556 Cherokee Area
  203. 618 Allohak
  204. 638 Central Wyoming
  205. 4 Mobile Area
  206. 165 La Salle
  207. 376 Iroquois Trail
  208. 152 Calumet
  209. 400 Revolutionary Trails
  210. 552 Pee Dee Area
  211. 93 Georgia – Carolina
  212. 197 Jayhawk Area
  213. 614 Grand Columbia
  214. 368 Baden – Powell
  215. 500 Moraine Trails
  216. 144 Abraham Lincoln
  217. 30 Southern Sierra
  218. 322 Overland Trails
  219. 803 Far East
  220. 162 Sagamore
  221. 562 Golden Spread
  222. 286 Voyageurs Area
  223. 64 Western Colorado
  224. 375 Five Rivers
  225. 98 Alapaha Area
  226. 467 Muskingum Valley
  227. 584 Caddo Area
  228. 192 Coronado Area
  229. 5 Tukabatchee Area
  230. 117 Prairielands
  231. 664 Suwannee River Area
  232. 212 Evangeline Area
  233. 775 Rio Grande
  234. 121 Lincoln Trails
  235. 100 Northwest Georgia
  236. 215 Norwela
  237. 216 Katahdin Area
  238. 283 Twin Valley
  239. 509 Bucktail
  240. 213 Louisiana Purchase
  241. 637 Chippewa Valley
  242. 63 Rocky Mountain
  243. 561 Texas Trails
  244. 624 Gateway Area
  245. 225 Annawon
  246. 221 Mason – Dixon
  247. 178 Northeast Iowa
  248. 209 Calcasieu Area
  249. 474 Cimarron
  250. 504 Columbia – Montour
  251. 35 Marin
  252. 141 Mississippi Valley
  253. 382 Allegheny Highlands
  254. 694 South Plains
  255. 3 Alabama – Florida
  256. 405 Rip Van Winkle
  257. 741 Texas Southwest
  258. 413 Conquistador
  259. 580 NeTseO Trails
  260. 615 Mountaineer Area
  261. 691 Pushmataha Area
  262. 6 Black Warrior
  263. 302 Choctaw Area
  264. 695 Black Hills Area
  265. 69 Housatonic
  266. 393 Otschodela
  267. 469 Cherokee Area
  268. 587 Northwest Texas
  269. 567 Buffalo Trail
  270. 619 Ohio River Valley
  271. 102 Maui County
  272. 468 Arbuckle Area
  273. 538 Chief Complanter
  274. 42 Piedmont
  275. 22 Alameda
  276. 67 Greenwich
  277. 696 Midnight Sun
  278. 13 De Soto Area
  279. 224 Cape Cod and Islands
  280. 194 Santa Fe Trail

Hat tip: Thanks to the BSA’s Mike Lo Vecchio for getting these numbers for me.

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