# A cryptic ranking of the US-states

I have ranked the US-states according to a certain cryptic property and put them into a list. A contiguous piece of this cryptic list looks as follows:

..., ?????, Nevada, West Virginia, Kansas, Oregon, Minnesota, California, Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Arkansas, Missouri, Maine, Alabama, Illinois, ?????, ...

Which states are represented by ????? ? What is the cryptic property?

• I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the answer depends on an arbitrary list of states found on another web site. Remove that web page and there is no answer. Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 5:46
• @FlorianF There is a property behind the list though that isn't restricted to just that site. Gamow's answer, although it wasn't accepted as the best one, explains this more clearly.
– Ben
Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 20:10
• Indeed, that is better than I thought. Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 12:57

Solution

Description

The most enraging Starbucks order I’ve ever witnessed and a mnemonic for the 50 states in order of statehood

Found on http://goo.gl/x1CXdi with

• The cryptic property is:

the date of statehood (the date of admission to the union).
The list has the statehood dates ordered upside down: the younger states come at the beginning, the later states come at the end

• The first missing state is:

• The second missing state is:

Mississippi (admission date = December 10, 1817).