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Old 07-23-2014, 06:50 PM
 
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There is no official definition of the regions of the US. It can change anytime. It has to do with each person's opinions, and how each company organizes operations. Sometimes, regions even cross state lines such as the Mid Atlantic including the southern portions of NY state.

For me:

North Atlantic (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, Northern NY, RI)
Mid Atlantic (Southern NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, WV, VA, OH, Eastern KY)
South Atlantic (NC, SC, GA, FL, Eastern TN, PR, VI)
Interior South (Central/Western TN, AL, MS, LA, AR)
Southwest (OK, TX, NM, AZ)
Great Lakes (MI, WI, IL, IN, Western KY)
Great Plains (MN, ND, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO)
Rocky Mountains (MT, ID, WY, CO, UT)
North Pacific (OR, WA, AK)
South Pacific (CA, NV, HI)
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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There is no official definition of each region. However, there are definitions that are much more common/universal than others. For example, New England is ALWAYS strictly defined as CT, MA, RI, VT, NH and ME. No exceptions.

Another example, although not as strict, would be the Deep South, which almost everyone agrees is SC, GA, AL, MS and LA.

Or the Pacific Northwest, which is generally considered to be western Washington and Oregon.

Some states are highly debatable, such as Delaware and Maryland (South or Northeast?). Or Oklahoma (South or Midwest?).

There could be overlapping designations of regions and subregions or divisions. For example, the Rust Belt, which spans across the Midwest and Northeast.

Your list may make sense to you, but it is generally agreed upon that there are FOUR distinct regions of the U.S., as follows: Northeast, South, Midwest and West.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I think the Southwest is the most loosely defined region. The Southwest and what is seen as Southwestern both culturally and geographically always incorporates the entire states of Arizona and New Mexico. The Southwest extends into parts of Utah and Nevada but doesn't really incorporate the whole states. I don't see Salt Lake City as a much of a Southwestern city but the national parks and red rocks of southern Utah are most definitely Southwestern.

The region overlaps into Texas and El Paso is definitely very Southwestern, but I think the Southwestern influence in Texas fades out when going east of the Pecos and Big Bend. Some might say Colorado is included, or rather a very small part of it around Four Corners.

The irony of it all is San Diego is the most Southwestern city in the country as a geographic technicality but rarely are San Diego and Southwest in regional terms mentioned in the same sentence as California is usually always West Coast or pretty much its own entity of a region altogether.

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Old 07-23-2014, 07:22 PM
 
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California, Nevada and Hawaii has little in common with Oregon, Washington and Alaska. So I decided to separate the West Coast too.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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There is no official definition of the regions of the US. It can change anytime. It has to do with each person's opinions, and how each company organizes operations. Sometimes, regions even cross state lines such as the Mid Atlantic including the southern portions of NY state.

For me:

North Atlantic (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, Northern NY, RI)
Mid Atlantic (Southern NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, WV, VA, OH, Eastern KY)
South Atlantic (NC, SC, GA, FL, Eastern TN, PR, VI)
Interior South (Central/Western TN, AL, MS, LA, AR)
Southwest (OK, TX, NM, AZ)
Great Lakes (MI, WI, IL, IN, Western KY)
Great Plains (MN, ND, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO)
Rocky Mountains (MT, ID, WY, CO, UT)
North Pacific (OR, WA, AK)
South Pacific (CA, NV, HI)
How is Western Kentucky part of the Great Lakes when it doesn't border one, while MN does but is a Great Plains state.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: SGV
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There is no official definition of the regions of the US. It can change anytime. It has to do with each person's opinions, and how each company organizes operations. Sometimes, regions even cross state lines such as the Mid Atlantic including the southern portions of NY state.

For me:

North Atlantic (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, Northern NY, RI)
Mid Atlantic (Southern NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, WV, VA, OH, Eastern KY)
South Atlantic (NC, SC, GA, FL, Eastern TN, PR, VI)
Interior South (Central/Western TN, AL, MS, LA, AR)
Southwest (OK, TX, NM, AZ)
Great Lakes (MI, WI, IL, IN, Western KY)
Great Plains (MN, ND, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO)
Rocky Mountains (MT, ID, WY, CO, UT)
North Pacific (OR, WA, AK)
South Pacific (CA, NV, HI)
This list is a little whacked out. Ok, a lot whacked out.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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There is no official definition of the regions of the US.
The United States Census disagrees. Census Regions and Divisions of the United States
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Well at least muppethammer dropped the "Wisconsin is a northeastern state" line. This list is still quite a bit off, but he's getting warmer. A few more threads over the next couple of months and we might finally set him straight
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