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Miss America Pageant Winners

The Miss America Pageant is traditionally held in September in Atlantic City, NJ. In 2006, the pageant was changed to January and held in Las Vegas.

    To compete you must...

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24.

  • Be a United States citizen.

  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.

  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization.

  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.

Year Winner State
1921 Margaret Gorman Washington D.C.
1922 Mary K. Campbell Ohio
1923 Mary K. Campbell Ohio
1924 Ruth Malcomson Pennsylvania
1925 Fay Lanphier California
1926 Norma Smallwood Oklahoma
1927 Lois Delander Illinois
1928 No Pageant n/a
1929 No Pageant n/a
1930 No Pageant n/a
1931 No Pageant n/a
1932 No Pageant n/a
1933 Marian Bergeron Connecticut
1934 No Pageant n/a
1935 Henrietta Leaver Pennsylvania
1936 Rose Coyle Pennsylvania
1937 Bette Cooper New Jersey
1938 Marilyn Meseke Ohio
1939 Patricia Donnelly Michigan
1940 Frances Burke Pennsylvania
1941 Rosemary LaPlanche California
1942 Jo-Carroll Dennison Texas
1943 Jean Bartel California
1944 Venus Ramey Washington D.C.
1945 Bess Myerson New York
1946 Marilyn Buferd California
1947 Barbara Jo Walker Tennessee
1948 BeBe Shopp Minnesota
1949 Jacque Mercer Arizona
1950 No Pageant n/a
1951 Yolande Betbeze Alabama
1952 Colleen Kay Hutchins Utah
1953 Neva Jane Langley Georgia
1954 Evelyn Ay Pennsylvania
1955 Lee Meriwether California
1956 Sharon Kay Ritchie Colorado
1957 Marian McKnight South Carolina
1958 Marilyn Van Derbur Colorado
1959 Mary Ann Mobley Mississippi
1960 Linda Lee Mead Mississippi
1961 Nancy Anne Fleming Michigan
1962 Maria Beale Fletcher North Carolina
1963 Jacquelyn Mayer Ohio
1964 Donna Axum Arkansas
1965 Vonda Kay Van Dyke Arizona
1966 Deborah Irene Bryant Kansas
1967 Jane Anne Jayroe Oklahoma
1968 Debra Dene Barnes Kansas
1969 Judith Anne Ford Illinois
1970 Pamela Anne Eldred Michigan
1971 Phyllis George Texas
1972 Laurel Lea Schaefer Ohio
1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen Wisconsin
1974 Rebecca Ann King Colorado
1975 Shirley Cothran Texas
1976 Tawny Elaine Godin New York
1977 Dorothy K. Benham Minnesota
1978 Susan Yvonne Perkins Ohio
1979 Kylene Barker Virginia
1980 Cheryl Prewitt Mississippi
1981 Susan Powell Oklahoma
1982 Elizabeth Ward Arkansas
1983 Debra Sue Maffett California
1984 Vanessa Williams
Suzette Charles
New York
New Jersey
1985 Sharlene Wells Utah
1986 Susan Diane Akin Mississippi
1987 Kellye Cash Tennessee
1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Michigan
1989 Gretchen E. Carlson Minnesota
1990 Debbye Lynn Turner Missouri
1991 Marjorie Judith Vincent Illinois
1992 Carolyn Sapp Hawaii
1993 Leanza Cornett Florida
1994 Kimberly Aiken South Carolina
1995 Heather Whitestone Alabama
1996 Shawntell Smith Oklahoma
1997 Tara Dawn Holland Kansas
1998 Kate Shindle Illinois
1999 Nicole Johnson Virginia
2000 Heather Renee French Kentucky
2001 Angela Baraquio Hawaii
2002 Katie Harman Oregon
2003 Erika Natali Harold Illinois
2004 Ericka Dunlop Florida
2005 Deidre Downs Alabama
2006 Jennifer Berry Oklahoma
2007 Lauren Nelson Oklahoma
2008 Kirsten Haglund Michigan
2009 Katie Stam Indiana
2010 Caressa Cameron Virginia
2011 Teresa Scanlan Nebraska
2012 Laura Kaeppeler Wisconsin
2013 Mallory Hagan New York


The following States have never produced a Miss America:

Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming