Rhode Island won Miss USA for the first time, then later won Miss Universe 2012.

States that placed in the top 16 the previous year were Alabama, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Tennessee made its seventh straight placement.

Alabama and Maine placed for the third consecutive year.

Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Texas made their second consecutive placement. Maryland made its highest since Paulette Reck placed 1st Runner-Up in 1968.