List of regions of the United States

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This is a list of some of the regions in the United States . Many regions are defined in law or regulations by the federal government; others by shared culture and history; and others by economic factors.

Contents

Interstate regions

Census Bureau-designated regions and divisions

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U.S. Census Bureau Regions and Divisions.

Since 1950, the United States Census Bureau defines four statistical regions, with nine divisions. [1] [2] The Census Bureau region definition is "widely used ... for data collection and analysis", [3] and is the most commonly used classification system. [4] [5] [6] [7]

Puerto Rico and other US territories are not part of any census region or census division. [9]

Standard Federal Regions

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Standard federal regions

The ten standard federal regions were established by OMB (Office of Management and Budget) Circular A-105, "Standard Federal Regions", in April 1974, and went into use for all executive agencies. In recent years, some agencies have tailored their field structures to meet program needs and facilitate interaction with local, state, and regional counterparts. However, the OMB must still approve any departures.

Note: OMB Circular A-105 was rescinded on June 8, 1995. [10]

Federal Reserve Banks

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Federal Reserve districts.

The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 divided the country into twelve districts with a central Federal Reserve Bank in each district. These twelve Federal Reserve Banks together form a major part of the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States. Missouri is the only U.S. state to have two Federal Reserve locations within its borders, but several other states are also divided between more than one district.

  1. Boston
  2. New York
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Cleveland
  5. Richmond
  6. Atlanta
  7. Chicago
  8. St. Louis
  9. Minneapolis
  10. Kansas City
  11. Dallas
  12. San Francisco

Time zones

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U.S. time zones. (Some U.S. time zones are not on this map.)

Courts of Appeals circuits

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U.S. Courts of Appeals circuits

The Federal Circuit is not a regional circuit. Its jurisdiction is nationwide but based on the subject matter.

Bureau of Economic Analysis regions

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Bureau of Economic Analysis regions

The Bureau of Economic Analysis defines regions for comparison of economic data. [12]

Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration currently uses the PADD system established by Petroleum Administration for War in World War II. [13] It is used for data collection on refining petroleum and its products. Each PADD is subdivided into refining districts.

PADD I can also be subdivided into 3 Subdistricts:

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US map of the five ARS regions (USDA)

Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the research arm of the USDA. The ARS has sectioned their work into five geographic regions:

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Map showing the seven regions of the US National Park Service

U.S. National Park Service

The U.S. National Park Service divides the U.S. into the following regions for U.S. National Park purposes: [16] [17]

The U.S. Minor Outlying Islands are not part of any U.S. National Park Service region.

Unofficial regions

Multi-state regions

Multi-territory regions

The Belts

Interstate megalopolises

Interstate metropolitan areas

Intrastate and intraterritory regions

Alabama

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A map of Alabama regions.

Alaska

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The Alaska Panhandle

American Samoa

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American Samoa

Arizona

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The Arizona Strip

Arkansas

California

Colorado

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An enlargeable map of the Front Range Urban Corridor of Colorado and Wyoming.

Connecticut

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The Greater Bridgeport Region in relation to other unofficial Connecticut regions.
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The Connecticut Panhandle and "The Oblong"

Connecticut has no official regions. After abolishing county governments, all local governing is done by towns and cities, leaving counties as purely geographical and statistical entities. Some unofficial regions of Connecticut include:

Delaware

"Upstate" or "Up North"

"Slower Lower"

District of Columbia

Florida

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The First Coast
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The Florida Panhandle

Directional regions

Local vernacular regions

Georgia

Physiographic regions

Guam

Hawaiʻi

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Hawaiian archipelago
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Main Hawaiian Islands

Idaho

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The Idaho Panhandle

Illinois

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Southern Illinois is also known as "Little Egypt".

Indiana

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Regions of Indiana

Iowa

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Regions of Iowa.

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

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A map of Louisiana's regions

Maine

Maryland

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Maryland's regions

Regions shared with other states:

Massachusetts

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The Berkshire region of Massachusetts

Michigan

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Michigan's regions

Lower Peninsula

Upper Peninsula

Minnesota

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Regions of Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

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The Missouri Bootheel

Montana

Nebraska

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The Nebraska Panhandle

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Regions of New York as defined by the New York State Department of Economic Development.
1. Western New York - counties : Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany
2. Finger Lakes - counties : Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca
3. Southern Tier - counties : Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Chenango, Broome, Delaware
4. Central New York - counties : Cortland, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Madison
5. North Country - counties : St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson, Hamilton, Essex, Clinton, Franklin
6. Mohawk Valley - counties : Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton, Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie
7. Capital District - counties : Albany, Columbia, Greene, Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer
8. Hudson Valley - counties : Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester
9. New York City - counties (boroughs) : New York (Manhattan), Bronx (The Bronx), Queens (Queens), Kings (Brooklyn), Richmond (Staten Island)
10. Long Island - counties : Nassau, Suffolk Map of New York Economic Regions.svg
Regions of New York as defined by the New York State Department of Economic Development.
1. Western New Yorkcounties : Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany
2. Finger Lakescounties : Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca
3. Southern Tiercounties : Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Chenango, Broome, Delaware
4. Central New Yorkcounties : Cortland, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Madison
5. North Countrycounties : St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson, Hamilton, Essex, Clinton, Franklin
6. Mohawk Valleycounties : Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton, Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie
7. Capital Districtcounties : Albany, Columbia, Greene, Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer
8. Hudson Valleycounties : Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester
9. New York Citycounties (boroughs) : New York (Manhattan), Bronx (The Bronx), Queens (Queens), Kings (Brooklyn), Richmond (Staten Island)
10. Long Islandcounties : Nassau, Suffolk

North Carolina

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Regions of North Carolina.

North Dakota

Northern Mariana Islands

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Northern Mariana Islands

Ohio

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  The area roughly covered by the Great Black Swamp

Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Panhandle

Oregon

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Oregon's topography
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Oregon's High Desert

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

South Dakota
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South Dakota
East River and West River

Tennessee

Texas

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The Texas Panhandle

U.S. Minor Outlying Islands

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The United States Minor Outlying Islands (Navassa Island not on map)

U.S. Virgin Islands

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

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A map of the Shenandoah Valley

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

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Wisconsin's five geographic regions

Wisconsin can be divided into five geographic regions.

Wyoming

Other regional listings

Regions of the Boy Scouts of America

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Boy Scouts of America regions in 1992

5 Geographic Regions

5 Regions of the United States
Northeast Region
Southeast Region
Midwest Region
Southwest Region
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5 Regions of the United States

A common but unofficial way of referring to regions in the United States is grouping them into 5 regions according to their geographic position on the continent. They are the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West. [19] [20] [21]

See also

Notes

    1. This region also includes the Independent State of Samoa, which is not a part of the United States
    2. This region also includes the British Virgin Islands, which is not a part of the United States
    3. Claimed by Tokelau [18]
    4. Midway Atoll, part of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, is not politically part of Hawaii; it is one of the United States Minor Outlying Islands
    5. Claimed by Haiti
    6. Claimed by the Marshall Islands

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