Geography question

Someone asked me the other day, "How many states lie at least partially north of the southernmost point of Canada?"

I thought of Ontario dipping down the way it does, counted the border states, and replied, "Ten." (I forgot the panhandle of Idaho.)

What's your answer?

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The correct answer is 27. The US-Canadian border goes through the middle of Lake Erie, and there is a tiny island called Middle Island which lies just north of that border. There are 27 states, including California, which include area at a higher latitude than Middle Island.

(You can probably stump others with this just as you and I were stumped.)