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Regions of the United States

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Like many countries, the United States is officially and unofficially divided into regions.  The unofficial regions are generally historical or traditional in nature and the official regions generally take into account such unofficial designation but they are almost never exactly the same.  Of course, a state, or portion of a state, may lie within two or more differently defined regions.  As we say in America, it is "not a pretty picture!"

Wikipedia does an excellent job of explaining this overlapping confusion of United States geography.  It also has the most complete list we have seen of various official and unofficial regional designations, including regions defined within states. The U.S. Census Bureau seems to have used the most common sense regional designations that align nicely with traditional regions.

Wikipedia Pages.  There are two main pages: Geography of the United States and List of Regions of the United States, the latter lists all the official and unofficial slicing and dicing of the country to support government and tradition as well as traditional regions within a specific state.  Our hat is off to Wikipedia authors for this tour de force. 

Regions of the United States
as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau and would happen to also make sense for a tourist!

Regions Chart

West Pacific: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii  
: Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico
Midwest West North Central: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska
East North Central: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan
South West South Central: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana
East South Central: Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama
South Atlantic
: West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida.  Deep South: usually includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
Northeast New England: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
Middle Atlantic: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
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