The State of the Union Address....the word count!

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 Length of State of the Union Messages and Addresses (in words)  Washington - Trump

President Date Format WordsGeorge Washington average 2080January 8, 1790 spoken 1089December 8, 1790 spoken 1401October 25, 1791 spoken 2302November 6, 1792 spoken 2101December 3, 1793 spoken 1968November 19, 1794 spoken 2918December 8, 1795 spoken 1989December 7, 1796 spoken 2871John Adams average 1790November 22, 1797 spoken 2063 

December 8, 1798 spoken 2218 

December 3, 1799 spoken 1505November 22, 1800 spoken 1372Thomas Jefferson average 2578December 8, 1801 written 3224December 15, 1802 written 2197October 17, 1803 written 2263November 8, 1804 written 2096December 3, 1805 written 2927December 2, 1806 written 2860October 27, 1807 written 2384November 8, 1808 written 2675James Madison average 2709November 29, 1809 written 1831December 5, 1810 written 2446November 5, 1811 written 2273November 4, 1812 written 3242 

December 7, 1813 written 3257

 September 20, 1814 written 2111 

December 5, 1815 written 3146 

December 3, 1816 written 3364James Monroe average 5280December 12, 1817 written 4418November 16, 1818 written 4376December 7, 1819 written 4702November 14, 1820 written 3446December 3, 1821 written 5814December 3, 1822 written 4723December 2, 1823 written 6358December 7, 1824 written8 400John Quincy Adams average 7722

 December 6, 1825 written 8985December 5, 1826 written 7705

 December 4, 1827 written 6917December 2, 1828 written 7282Andrew Jackson average 10645December 8, 1829 written 10525December 6, 1830 written 15114 

December 6, 1831 written 7178

 December 4, 1832 written 7863 

December 3, 1833 written 7877 

December 1, 1834 written1 3411December 7, 1835 written 10825December 5, 1836 written 12367Martin van Buren average 11340

 December 5, 1837 written 11449 

December 3, 1838 written 11488December 2, 1839written13431December 5, 1840written8991William Henry Harrison no annual messagesJohn Tyler average 8503

 December 7, 1841 written 8241

 December 6, 1842 written 8417December ?, 1843 written 8036December 3, 1844 written 9318James K. Polk average 18014 

December 2, 1845 written 16111

 December 8, 1846 written 18222December 7, 1847 written 16414December 5, 1848 written 21309Zachary Taylor average 7617

 December 4, 1849 written 7617Millard Fillmore average 10498

 December 2, 1850 written 8322December 2, 1851 written 13244December 6, 1852 written 9929Franklin Pierce average 10457

 December 5, 1853 written 9590 

December 4, 1854 written 10139December 31, 1855 written 11612December 2, 1856 written 10486James Buchanan average 14097

 December 8, 1857 written 13655

 December 6, 1858 written 16349December 19, 1859 written 12336December 3, 1860 written 14049Abraham Lincoln average 6838 

December 3, 1861 written 6987December 1, 1862 written 8385December 8, 1863 written 6114December 6, 1864 written 5865Andrew Johnson average 9551

 December 4, 1865 written 9232 

December 3, 1866 written 7134December 3, 1867 written 12002December 9, 1868 written 9834Ulysses S. Grant average 8983December 6, 1869 written7706December 5, 1870 written 8743 

December 4, 1871 written 6459

 December 2, 1872 written 10102

 December 1, 1873 written 10026 

December 7, 1874 written 9819December 7, 1875 written 12211December 5, 1876 written 6799Rutherford B. Hayes average 10896

 December 3, 1877 written 10724 

December 2, 1878 written 7879December 1, 1879 written 11635December 6, 1880 written 13347James Garfield no annual messagesChester Arthur average 10219

 December 6, 1881 written 13321 

December 4, 1882 written 10274December 4, 1883 written 8363December 1, 1884 written 8917Grover Cleveland - I average 13440

 December 8, 1885 written 19960

 December 6, 1886 written 15285December 6, 1887 written 5290December 3, 1888 written 13226Benjamin Harrison average 13628

December 1, 1889 written 13004

 December 1, 1890 written 11522December 9, 1891 written 16306December 6, 1892 written 13680Grover Cleveland - II average 14574 

 December 4, 1893 written 12282 

December 3, 1894 written 15892December 2, 1895 written 14670December 7, 1896 written 15453William McKinley average 18578

December 6, 1897 written 12113

 December 5, 1898 written 20224December 5, 1899 written 22831December 3, 1900 written 19142Theodore Roosevelt average 19656December 3, 1901 written 19616

 December 5, 1902 written 9782

 December 7, 1903 written 14943 

December 6, 1904 written 17415

 December 5, 1905 written 25071December 3, 1906 written 23609December 3, 1907 written 7397December 8, 1908 written 19411William Howard Taft averag22614

 December 7, 1909 written 13901

 December 6, 1910 written 27651December 5, 1911 written 23744December 3, 1912 written 25161Woodrow Wilson average spoken 4545December 2, 1913 spoken 3553

 December 8, 1914 spoken 4537 

December 7, 1915 spoken 7687

 December 5, 1916 spoken 2118 

December 4, 1917 spoken 3913December 2, 1918 spoken 5463December 2, 1919 written 4756December 7, 1920 written 2706Warren G. Harding average 5677

 December 6, 1921 spoken 5606 

December 8, 1922 spoken 5748Calvin Coolidge average written 8992December 6, 1923 spoken 6706

 December 3, 1924 written 6968

 December 8, 1925 written 10848

 December 7, 1926 written 10305December 6, 1927 written 8777December 4, 1928 written 8061Herbert Hoover average 6353 

December 3, 1929 written 10994

 December 5, 1930 written 4536December 8, 1931 written 5682December 6, 1932 written 4201Franklin D. Roosevelt average spoken 3563January 3, 1934 spoken 2230January 4, 1935 spoken 3525January 3, 1936 spoken 3826January 6, 1937 spoken 2732January 3, 1938 spoken 4697January 4, 1939 spoken 3768January 3, 1940 spoken 3196

 January 6, 1941 spoken 3312

 January 6, 1942 spoken 3511

 January 7, 1943 spoken 4588 

January 11, 1944 spoken 3805 

January 6, 1945 written 8211Harry S. Truman average spoken 4836January 21, 1946 written 27465

 January 6, 1947 spoken 6028

 January 7, 1948 spoken 5094

 January 5, 1949 spoken 3401

 January 4, 1950 spoken 5130January 8, 1951 spoken 3994January 9, 1952 spoken 5369January 7, 1953 written 9683Dwight D. Eisenhower average spoken 5689February 2, 1953 spoken 6973

 January 7, 1954 spoken 5985 

January 6, 1955 spoken 7250  

January 5, 1956 written 8265

 January 10, 1957 spoken 4137

 January 9, 1958  spoken 4915January 9, 1959 spoken 4933January 7, 1960 spoken 5633January 12, 1961 written 6210John F. Kennedy average 5771

 January 30, 1961 spoken 5274January 11, 1962 spoken 6569January 14, 1963 spoken 5470Lyndon B. Johnson average 4889 

 January 8, 1964 spoken 3168 

January 4, 1965 spoken 4399

 January 12, 1966 spoken 5542January 10, 1967 spoken 7195January 17, 1968 spoken 4914January 14, 1969 spoken 4115Richard Nixonaverage spoken 4521January 22, 1970 spoken 4457

 January 22, 1971 spoken 4508

 January 20, 1972 spoken 3976February 2, 1973 written 27147January 30, 1974 spoken 5144Gerald R. Ford average 4600 

January 15, 1975 spoken 4126January 19, 1976 spoken 4948January 12, 1977 spoken 4727Jimmy Carter average spoken 3750 

January 19, 1978 spoken 4580

 January 25, 1979 spoken 3257January 21, 1980 spoken 3412January 16, 1981 written 33667Ronald Reagan average (ex. 1981) 4596

1981 NOT a "State of the Union" February 18, 1981 spoken 4446January 26, 1982 spoken 5154January 25, 1983 spoken 5554January 25, 1984 spoken 4931 

February 6, 1985 spoken 4214 

February 4, 1986 spoken 3514 

January 27, 1987 spoken 3847January 25, 1988 spoken 4955George Bush average (ex. 1989) 4204

1989 NOT a "State of the Union" February 9, 1989 spoken 4811 

January 31, 1990 spoken 3777January 29, 1991 spoken 3823January 28, 1992 spoken 5012William J. Clinton average (ex. 1993) 7426

1993 NOT a "State of the Union" February 17, 1993 spoken 7003

 January 25, 1994 spoken 7432

 January 24, 1995 spoken 9190

 January 23, 1996 spoken 6317

 February 4, 1997 spoken 6774January 27, 1998 spoken 7303January 19, 1999 spoken 7514January 27, 2000 spoken 7452George W. Bush average (ex. 2001) 5184

2001 NOT a "State of the Union" February 27, 2001 spoken 4362 

January 29, 2002 spoken 3878 

January 28, 2003 spoken 5413

 January 20, 2004 spoken 5229 

February 2, 2005 spoken 5096January 31, 2006 spoken 5323January 23, 2007 spoken 5590January 28, 2008 spoken 5760Barack Obama average (ex. 2009) 6824 

2009 NOT a "State of the Union" February 24, 2009 spoken 5902

 January 27, 2010 spoken 7304

 January 25, 2011 spoken 6878

 January 24, 2012 spoken 7059

 February 12, 2013 spoken 6775

 January 28, 2014 spoken 6989

 January 20, 2015 spoken 6718

 January 12, 2016 spoken 6044Donald J. Trump average (ex. 2017) 5830

2017 NOT a "State of the Union" February 28, 2017 spoken 5006

January 30, 2018 spoken 5830

Data by John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters

Citation: John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. "Length of State of the Union Addresses in Words." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2018. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou_words.php.

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