The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles. Kára McCullough, a chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned during the event that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip. She will go on to compete on the Miss Universe contest. The runner-up was Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg. The second runner-up was Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould.