Word Ways


Darryl Francis


Using the tried and tested process, let A=1, B=2, and so on, up to Z=26. Take each of the fifty US state names in turn and calculate the total value of the state name's constituent letters. These sums have been referred to as the weights of the corresponding words or names. The weights for the fifty state names, in increasing numerical order, are given in the first column in the table below. Now divide each of the weights by the number of letters in the corresponding state name. This gives an average weight per letter. Short these averages into increasing numerical order; these results are given in the second column in the table.