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View Poll Results: Are the Great Plains part of the Midwest?
Yes, the Plains are Midwestern 20 32.79%
No, they are a distinct region 30 49.18%
No, they are part of the West 6 9.84%
Other 5 8.20%
Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll

Old 10-05-2010, 08:32 PM
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I don't know if this is a duplicate thread. If it is, I'm sorry.

Anyway, I've heard a lot of people on this forum (but not in real life) say that the Great Plains are not part of the Midwest. Usually, these people say it is its own region, or even part of the West (!). As a Midwesterner, I disagree. I'd say the Great Plains fit very nicely in the Midwest. The U.S. Census Bureau agrees with me:

Midwestern United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What do you think? Are the northern Great Plains (excluding TX and OK) part of the Midwest? Are they Western? Part of their own region?
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:49 PM
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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I'm trying to think outside of what I know, and I figured those on the coasts would put the Plains together with the rest of the traditional "Midwest", even though it's culturally more "Western" and was the "Old West" before the "Real West" was founded.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:30 PM
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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No, they are a distinct region.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:12 PM
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I live in the Great Plains and consider myself Midwestern. I think there's somewhat of a divide in my state. The western part is more western and the eastern part is more midwestern.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:03 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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I live on the Great Plains (many people don't realize Denver is on the Great Plains), and I would not consider this area to be part of the Midwest.

But there are people who do.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:09 AM
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^ because most people cut it off on the N.D/S.D/Nebraska/Kansas line as far as Great Plain-Midwestern States.

Colorado and Wyoming are called Mountain States because they're the breakoff. They have some Great Plains in them as a geographical feature - but not if you're going state by state breakdown.

The Great Plain states are Midwestern if you ask me, but obviously a totally different section of the Midwest from say Iowa to Ohio.

It's like saying you're from the Eastern USA. That includes Vermont and Georgia. You obviously have the northeast and the southeast.

The Midwest has the Great Lakes states and the Great Plains. The two toss-ups are Iowa and Missouri. Iowa tends to gravitate much more towards a Great Lakes state, and Missouri tends to gravitate more to the south.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:00 AM
Location: America
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part of the midwest is in the great plains and part isn't. the answer is simple as that
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:34 AM
Location: West Michigan
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They are probably both technically "in the midwest", according to the official definition of Midwest.

But this is my take, and I think it's unique: When I've crossed into the Great Plains while traveling west, it no longer feels like the eastern United States at all. The big sky and wide-open terrain tells me that I've just crossed into a region that is very different from anything I've seen in the Great Lakes region, Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Upper Midwest, or whatever. There are parts of Michigan that look similar to Florida, parts of Minnesota that look similar to Ohio, parts of North Carolina that look similar to Vermont, etc. But when you enter the high plains, it just looks completely foreign to me! It happens about halfway through Kansas, or Nebraska, or Texas, or any of those states. Anyone who has made a few long road trips cross-country knows what I'm talking about.

In a weird way, the high plains of western Kansas or Nebraska remind me more of the Nevada desert than they do of anything in the Great Lakes region. There's just something about that huge sky...

You can call the Great Plains part of the Midwest if you want, and it might technically be true, but to me it is the very beginning of "Out West."

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Old 10-06-2010, 11:00 AM
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Just a guess but I would say it depends on where you are from

I think to people living inland, the midwest and plains are distinct regions

I think to people living on the coasts, the midwest is pretty much everything outside of the south, mountain west, southwest and pac nw
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:34 PM
Location: NC/IL/MI
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I have a friend from kansas city and she kept talking about how it was so much different that michigan.
With that said i think they're basically 2 different regions in one.
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