Regions of the United States

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Census Regions

The following are regions defined by the US Census Bureau.

Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/reference/us_regdiv.pdf

Mountain West

States that encompass the Rocky Mountains: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming.

https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/reference/us_regdiv.pdf

New England

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/reference/us_regdiv.pdf

Northeast

New England, plus New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/reference/us_regdiv.pdf

South

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.

https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/reference/us_regdiv.pdf

South Atlantic

Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia.

https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/reference/us_regdiv.pdf

West

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/reference/us_regdiv.pdf

Vernacular Regions

Vernacular regions are areas that are socially-defined by shared history and common identities. Accordingly, the boundaries of these regions are ambiguous and fluid. The mapping of these regions above is approximate.

Appalachia

An mountainous area covering parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachia

Deep South

An area in the southeast covering most of the states of the 19th century confederacy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_South

East Coast

States bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Coast_of_the_United_States

Great Plains

Broad, flat area in the middle of the US that covers Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and parts of Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Plains

Mid South

Commercial region around Memphis that encompasses parts of Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-South_(region)

Middle Atlantic

East coast states between New England and the South Atlantic states.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Atlantic_(United_States)

Mississippi Delta

Area south of Memphis in the floodplain of the Mississippi River.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Delta

Pacific Northwest

Washington, Oregon, Idaho. The USCB also includes Alaska and Hawaii in the Pacific division.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest

Rust Belt

An discontinuous area of manufacturing in the midwest and around the Great Lakes that experienced deindustrialization in the second half of the 20th century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_Belt

Southwest

Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma Texas, Utah.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_United_States

West Coast

Washington, Oregon, California

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Coast_of_the_United_States