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Old 02-05-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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East coast usually refers to all of the eastern states bordering the Atlantic.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:30 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Yeah, I assumed that people in Virginia (besides NOVA), the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida might get a bit upset at the usage of "East Coast" to mean "everything from DC on up).
Was that your intention for this thread?
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Was that your intention for this thread?
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My intention was to find out what part of the country people use the term east coast instead of northeast. As it says in the title.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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My intention was to find out what part of the country people use the term east coast instead of northeast. As it says in the title.

Well then definetly I would say the Pacific Northwest does.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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But it's incorrect to say that they refer to it as the east coast instead of the northeast. The northeastern coast of America is just part of the east coast. It doesn't constitute the whole thing, which is more what the original question sounded like, to me.

But as a discreet area, I'd say that most people (at least here in the PNW) refer to it as New England, not "the northeast."
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Well maybe not instead. I do hear New England but I don't ever think I have ever heard the term "northeast" here in reference to that part of the country.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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People do commonly refer to the Northeast as the East Coast. However, when I say I am from Atlanta, most people still say I'm from the East Coast here in Seattle. The more West you go, the more people start uniformly thinking of a comprehensive East Coast and not just North East. North East actually would be more common ON the East Coast, since the distinction is made. It's very simialr to saying Norcal, Socal, and PNW on the West coast. When I was in Atlanta, I commonly referred to anything out West as the West Coast. But locally more distinctions are made.

However you will never hear anyone say North East on the East Coast. They make the distinction between North and South. I think the East coast as a whole really ignores the West Coast when they make name for geography though.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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But it's incorrect to say that they refer to it as the east coast instead of the northeast. The northeastern coast of America is just part of the east coast. It doesn't constitute the whole thing, which is more what the original question sounded like, to me.

But as a discreet area, I'd say that most people (at least here in the PNW) refer to it as New England, not "the northeast."
New England and the Northeast are not synonymous!

New England = Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, & Connecticut

Mid Atlantic = New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, & Maryland

New England + Mid Atlantic = Northeast.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:51 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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A lot of people around here say "east coast" to refer to anything from New Jersey to the north.

There are many who really don't know what New England is, other than the fact that it's... somewhere east of here. If you ask the average person in Michigan to name the New England states, they will most certainly struggle. But that probably goes for everywhere, because a lot of people are terrible at geography in general.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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A lot of people around here say "east coast" to refer to anything from New Jersey to the north.

There are many who really don't know what New England is, other than the fact that it's... somewhere east of here. If you ask the average person in Michigan to name the New England states, they will most certainly struggle. But that probably goes for everywhere, because a lot of people are terrible at geography in general.
I remember in high school one of my friends was dumbfounded when I told him San Francisco was north of Los Angeles.
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