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.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.

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World Interstate regions

Census Bureau-designated regions and divisions

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U.S. Census Bureau Regions and Divisions.

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

Northeastern United States region of the United States

The Northeastern United States, also referred to as simply the Northeast, is a geographical region of the United States bordered to the north by Canada, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Southern United States, and to the west by the Midwestern United States. The Northeast is one of the four regions defined by the United States Census Bureau for the collection and analysis of statistics.

New England Region in the northeastern United States

New England is a region composed of six states in the northeastern United States: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is bordered by the state of New York to the west and by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick to the northeast and Quebec to the north. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and southeast, and Long Island Sound is to the southwest. Boston is New England's largest city, as well as the capital of Massachusetts. Greater Boston is the largest metropolitan area, with nearly a third of New England's population; this area includes Worcester, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island.

Connecticut U.S. state in the United States

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

Puerto Rico and other US territories are not part of any census region or census division. [8]

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 required 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.

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, as some states are divided into 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. [9]

Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration currently uses the PADD system established by Petroleum Administration for War in World War II. [10] 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:

Agricultural Research Service

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US map of the five ARS regions (USDA)

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

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: [13] [14]

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

Unofficial multi-state and multi-territory regions

There are also multi-territory regions:

The Belts

Interstate metropolitan areas

Interstate megalopolises

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

The Greater Bridgeport Region in location to other officially recognized Connecticut regions with regional governments. Map of Regions of Connecticut highlighting Greater Bridgeport Region.PNG
The Greater Bridgeport Region in location to other officially recognized Connecticut regions with regional governments.
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The Connecticut Panhandle and "The Oblong".

In Connecticut, there are 14 official regions, each with a regional government that serves for the absence of county government in Connecticut. There are also a fair number of unofficial regions in Connecticut with no regional government.

Delaware

"Upstate" or "Up North"

"Slower Lower"

District of Columbia

See Neighborhoods of the 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

Travel/Tourism locations
Other geographical distinctions

South Dakota

South Dakota
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South Dakota
East River and West River

Tennessee

Other geographical distinctions:

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)

Utah

Vermont

Virgin Islands

Virginia

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A map of the Shenandoah Valley.

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

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Wisconsin can be divided into five geographic regions.

Wyoming

Other regional listings

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Boy Scouts of America regions in 1992
Regions of the Boy Scouts of America

See also

Notes

    1. This region also includes independent Samoa, which is not part of the United States
    2. This region also includes the British Virgin Islands, which is not part of the United States
    3. Claimed by Tokelau [15]
    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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