Regions of the United States

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Census Regions

The following are regions defined by the US Census Bureau.


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

Mountain West

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

New England

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


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


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

South Atlantic

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


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

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.


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

Deep South

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

East Coast

States bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Mid South

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

Middle Atlantic

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

Mississippi Delta

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

Pacific Northwest

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

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.


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

West Coast

Washington, Oregon, California