At the conclusion of the final competition, Chelsi Smith of Texas was crowned by outgoing titleholder Lu Parker of South Carolina. Smith became the seventh Texan titleholder, the first Miss Texas USA and Miss USA to win the Congeniality award and also the only Miss USA from Texas to win the Miss Universe title. She also became the 4th winner to be crowned as Miss USA in her home state.
After Smith won the 1995 Miss Universe pageant, first runner-up Shanna Moakler took over the Miss USA title. Moakler was the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to hold the Miss USA title. Moakler would later become an actress, reality star and a director of two Miss USA state pageants in Nevada and Utah.
New York earns the 1st runner-up position for the sixth time. The last time it placed this was in 1974. Also became the third woman from New York to win the Miss USA title. She finished as 1st runner-up, but succeeded as Miss USA 1995 after Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe.
Illinois earns the 2nd runner-up position for the second time. The last time it placed this was in 1985.
Florida finishes as Top 6 for the first time and reaches its highest placement since 1988.
Minnesota finishes as Top 6 for the first time and reaches its highest placement since 1985.
Louisiana finishes as Top 6 for the second time and repeats the same placement as the last year 1994.