# Discovering the Total Number of States and How It Was Noted

• Shackleford
In summary, the total number of states refers to the distinct, independent, and self-governing political units within a larger country or territory. As of 2021, there are 50 states in the United States. The total number of states in a country can vary depending on historical, cultural, and political factors, which can greatly impact the country's political system. This number can also change over time through processes such as annexation, secession, and political redistricting.
Shackleford
How did they "note" this from (16)?

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It's probably more straightforward to use the formula for $$g(s,N)$$ in (15) and note that it's just the binomial coefficient.

## What is the definition of "total number of states"?

The total number of states refers to the number of distinct, independent, and self-governing political units within a larger country or territory.

## How many states are there in the United States?

As of 2021, there are 50 states in the United States.

## What factors determine the total number of states in a country?

The total number of states in a country can vary depending on historical, cultural, and political factors. Some countries may have a large number of states due to a history of colonization or division of territories, while others may have a smaller number due to a more centralized government structure.

## How does the total number of states impact the political system of a country?

The total number of states can greatly impact the political system of a country. In countries with a larger number of states, power may be more decentralized and shared among different state governments. In contrast, a smaller number of states may result in a more centralized government and concentration of power at the national level.

## Can the total number of states change over time?

Yes, the total number of states in a country can change over time. This can occur through various means such as the annexation or secession of territories, or the creation of new states through political processes such as redistricting or constitutional amendments.

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