There's talk from time to time about folks thinking of doing the state HPs in order of elevation and other criteria. Two groups are trying to do them in order of elevation. See next issue for more details!
Nobody has tried to do them in alpha order, probably because of the BIG A state that comes up right away. Doing the HPs in order of states' admission into the Union is an attractive and relevant way to do them.
I suppose any of us could take our own list and figure out some statistic that follows the order in which they were done.
I think my order of doing the 50 was a ranking of states by the percentage of mining students per capita multiplied by car exhaust emissions, divided by red-headed dog owners.