|Miss USA 2022|
|Date||October 3, 2022|
|Venue||Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada|
|Best State Costume||R'Bonney Gabriel|
Miss USA 2022 was the 71st Miss USA pageant. The competition was held on October 3, 2022 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada and was broadcast on the FYI cable channel. The competition was hosted by Zuri Hall for the second consecutive year, while Julissa Bermudez and Micah Jesse served as sideline correspondents. This competition was also rebroadcast on October 19, 2022 on the official YouTube channel.
Elle Smith of Kentucky crowned R'Bonney Gabriel of Texas as her successor at the end of the event. She later represented the United States at Miss Universe 2022. This was Texas' tenth Miss USA title and first win in 14 years. At the age of 28 years, 6 months and 13 days, Gabriel became the oldest Miss USA winner in the pageant's history, surpassing Cheslie Kryst in 2019, who was also 28 when she crowned, the first Asian-American to win the title since Brook Lee in 1997, and the first titleholder of Filipino descent.
Gabriel went on to win the Miss Universe title roughly three months later in New Orleans, becoming the ninth American woman to do so.
On July 14, 2022, it was reported that the competition would be held in Reno, Nevada, with the city securing a three-year deal to host the pageant for the next three years. This would be the second time that the pageant is held in Reno, following Miss USA 2019. The following day, it was confirmed that the pageant would be held at the Grand Sierra Resort on October 3. Crystle Stewart confirmed that the location was chosen to honor Cheslie Kryst, whom had been crowned Miss USA 2019 in the same venue and had committed suicide in January 2022.
In September 2022, it was announced that the competition would be hosted by Zuri Hall for the second consecutive year, while Julissa Bermudez and Micah Jesse would serve as sideline correspondents and Chloe Flower would perform.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the duration between most of the state pageants from the previous year's competition, with previous year's state titleholders' reign being shortened to eight to eleven months into their calendar year, depending on state. Delegates from the 50 states and the District of Columbia are selected in state pageants in a period began in September 2021 and scheduled to end in July 2022 to avoid scheduling conflicts with Miss America 2023 state pageants, as the state pageant schedule can become very dense between the last state pageant held from 2021. The first state pageants were Idaho and Montana, held together on September 12, 2021, and the last state pageant was Colorado, held on July 3, 2022.
Eleven delegates have previously competed in Miss Teen USA and Miss America, eight are former Miss Teen USA state winners, two are a former Miss America state titleholders, and one is a former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state titleholder.
|Miss USA 2022|
§ – Voted into Top 16 through the online vote.
|Best State Costume||Winner|||
All 51 titleholders have been crowned.
|Alaska||Courtney Schuman||28||Anchorage||Previously Miss Alaska 2018|
|Arizona||Isabel Ticlo||28||Phoenix||Previously Miss Arizona 2018|
|California||Tiffany Johnson||26||Lancaster||Top 16|
|Colorado||Alexis Glover||23||Colorado Springs||Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2017|
|Connecticut||Cynthia Dias||23||Wolcott||Top 12||Previously Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2014|
|Delaware||Grace Lange||22||Newark||Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2017|
|District of Columbia||Faith Porter||23||Washington, D.C.||Top 16|
|Georgia||Holly Haynes||26||Sugar Hill|
|Illinois||Angel Reyes||26||Chicago||4th Runner-Up|
|Iowa||Randi Estabrook||25||Des Moines|
|Kansas||Elyse Noe||23||Lawrence||Top 12|
|Louisiana||KT Scannell||22||Denham Springs|
|Maryland||Caleigh Shade||23||Ocean City||Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 2018|
|Michigan||Aria Hutchinson||24||Plymouth||Daughter of Chris Hutchinson and Melissa Sinkevics Hutchinson, Miss Michigan Teen USA 1988, and sister of Aidan Hutchinson|
|Minnesota||Madeline Helget||24||Clearwater||Top 12|
|Missouri||Mikala McGhee||28||St. Louis||Top 16|
|Montana||Heather Lee O'Keefe||25||Bozeman|
|Nebraska||Natalie Pieper||27||Omaha||2nd Runner-Up|
|Nevada||Summer Keffeler||21||Paradise||Previously Miss Washington Teen USA 2018|
Sister of Stormy Keffeler, original titleholder of Miss Washington USA 2016
|New Hampshire||Camila Sacco||27||Portsmouth||Top 12|
|New Jersey||Alexandra Lakhman||26||Hoboken|
|New Mexico||Suzanne Perez||25||Portales||Top 12|
|New York||Heather Nunez||26||Queens|
|North Carolina||Morgan Romano||24||Concord||1st Runner-Up|
|North Dakota||SaNoah LaRocque||25||Belcourt|
|Ohio||Sir'Quora Carroll||23||Canal Winchester||3rd Runner-Up|
|Oklahoma||Ashley Ehrhart||25||Oklahoma City||Previously National Sweetheart 2021|
|Pennsylvania||Billie LaRaé Owens||25||Phoenixville||Daughter of Billy Owens|
|Rhode Island||Elaine Collado||27||Providence||Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2013|
|South Carolina||Meera Bhonslé||26||Lexington|
|South Dakota||Shania Knutson||22||Viborg||Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2018|
|Tennessee||Emily Suttle||26||Franklin||Top 12||Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2013|
|Texas||R'Bonney Gabriel||28||Houston||Miss USA 2022||Later crowned Miss Universe 2022|
|Utah||Elisabeth Bradley-Gandara||28||Salt Lake City|
|Vermont||Kelsey Golonka||23||Montpelier||Top 12||Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 2017|
Sister of Kenzie Golonka, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2022
|West Virginia||Krystian Leonard||25||Morgantown||Top 16|
Moments after the final competition when R'Bonney Gabriel was crowned Miss USA, allegations emerged that the competition had been rigged for Gabriel to win. Several of the contestants, including Miss Montana USA Heather Lee O'Keefe and Miss Georgia USA Holly Haynes, expressed in disbelief and claimed that Gabriel allegedly travelled to Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancún a couple of weeks after Gabriel was crowned Miss Texas USA and was able to shoot promotional material, which the resort's Instagram account posted less than 24 hours after the final competition. Nizuc has been become one of the pageant's sponsors since national director and Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart took over at the end of 2020 after Miss USA and Miss Teen USA were separated from the Miss Universe Organization. Both Gabriel and Miss Colorado USA Alexis Glover, were not included in the official Cancún retreat along with the rest of the contestants as Texas and Colorado had not yet crowned at the time of the retreat. In an interview with E! News, Gabriel refuted claims that the pageant was rigged, stating "I would never enter any pageant or any competition that I know I would win."