What are the requirements for statehood?
The Northwest Ordinance (formally An Ordinance for the
Government of the Territory of the United States, North-West of the
River Ohio, and also known as the Freedom Ordinance or
The Ordinance of 1787) set the mandate for the creation of
new states from the region, once a population of 60,000 had been
achieved within a particular territory.
The Enabling Act of 1802 established the precedent and
procedures for creation of future states in the western
territories. The act requires territories to elect a delegate for
each 1,200 people to attend a constitutional convention. The
enabling act requires the prospective state to adopt a form of
government and constitution that are in compliance with the U.S.