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The US government clearly defines the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West - here's where your state falls

The US government clearly defines the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West - here's where your state falls
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  • The United States is home to many different regions and subregions, and there's plenty of debate over which region certain states fall in.
  • The US Census Bureau has used the same regional definitions since 1950.
  • The bureau divides the US into four regions - Northeast, Midwest, South, and West - and nine subregions.


The United States is home to several different regions and subregions, each with its own unique history and culture.

But it's not always clear where one region ends and another begins. There's no consensus on whether the Dakotas are part of the Midwest, for example, or if Arkansas belongs to the South.

Luckily, we have the US Census Bureau, which has classified American regional divisions for more than 100 years. Since the 1950 Census, the bureau has used the same arrangement of four main regions and nine subregions. The only changes happened in 1960, when the newly-admitted Alaska and Hawaii joined the Pacific region, and in 1984, when the North Central region was renamed the Midwest.

Take a look at how the Census groups the 50 states - and decide whether you agree with where your state ended up.

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