Ya might wanna be careful about eliminating or combining states as it can dilute representation in Congress. Remember, every state gets two (and only two) senators, regardless of size. That gives those tiny states much better representation in the Senate than the big ones.
In fact, Texas, when it joined the union, reserved the right to, at any future date, break up into five states for this exact purpose. It would increase our representation in the Senate from two to ten.
And regarding geographical ignorance, years ago when I was getting married, my sister and I went to the shop where I was getting the bridesmaids' dresses so she could be fitted. I lived in Houston, and she lived in Sugar Land which is a suburb of Houston, less than 25 miles from downtown Houston. As my sister was filling out the paperwork the sales clerk noticed the Sugar Land address and commented on how nice it was that she could get her fittiing done while she was in visiting from out of town. We had a good laugh over that!