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.
Since 1950, the United States Census Bureau defines four statistical regions, with nine divisions.The Census Bureau region definition is "widely used ... for data collection and analysis", and is the most commonly used classification system.
Puerto Rico and other US territories are not part of any census region or census division.
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.
Note: OMB Circular A-105 was rescinded on June 8, 1995.
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.
The Federal Circuit is not a regional circuit. Its jurisdiction is nationwide but based on the subject matter.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis defines regions for comparison of economic data.
The Energy Information Administration currently uses the PADD system established by Petroleum Administration for War in World War II.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:
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the research arm of the USDA. The ARS has sectioned their work into five geographic regions:
The U.S. National Park Service divides the U.S. into the following regions for U.S. National Park purposes:
The U.S. Minor Outlying Islands are not part of any U.S. National Park Service region.
There are also multi-territory regions:
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:
"Upstate" or "Up North"
Local vernacular regions
Regions shared with other states:
Wisconsin can be divided into five geographic regions.
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.
The term "United States", when used in the geographical sense, is the contiguous United States, the state of Alaska, the island state of Hawaii, the five insular territories of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, and minor outlying possessions. The United States shares land borders with Canada and Mexico and maritime borders with Russia, Cuba, the Bahamas, and other countries, in addition to Canada and Mexico. The northern border of the United States with Canada is the world's longest bi-national land border.
The East Coast of the United States, also known as the Eastern Seaboard, the Atlantic Coast, and the Atlantic Seaboard, is the coastline along which the Eastern United States meets the North Atlantic Ocean. Regionally, the term refers to the coastal states and area east of the Appalachian Mountains that have shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean, from north to south, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
The Western United States is the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States. As American settlement in the U.S. expanded westward, the meaning of the term the West changed. Before about 1800, the crest of the Appalachian Mountains was seen as the western frontier. The frontier moved westward and eventually the lands west of the Mississippi River were considered the West.
The Nine Nations of North America is a 1981 book by Joel Garreau, in which the author suggests that North America can be divided into nine nations, which have distinctive economic and cultural features. He also argues that conventional national and state borders are largely artificial and irrelevant, and that his "nations" provide a more accurate way of understanding the true nature of North American society. The work has been called "a classic text on the current regionalization of North America".
In the United States, an interstate compact is a pact or agreement between two or more states, or between states and any foreign government. The Compact Clause of the United States Constitution provides that "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress,... enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power,..."
This is a list of historic regions of the United States that existed at some time during the territorial evolution of the United States and its overseas possessions, from the colonial era to the present day. It includes formally organized territories, proposed and failed states, unrecognized breakaway states, international and interstate purchases, cessions, and land grants, and historical military departments and administrative districts. The last section lists informal regions from American vernacular geography known by popular nicknames and linked by geographical, cultural, or economic similarities, some of which are still in use today.
Classification of indigenous peoples of the Americas is based upon cultural regions, geography, and linguistics. Anthropologists have named various cultural regions, with fluid boundaries, that are generally agreed upon with some variation. These cultural regions are broadly based upon the locations of indigenous peoples of the Americas from early European and African contact beginning in the late 15th century. When indigenous peoples have been forcibly removed by nation-states, they retain their original geographic classification. Some groups span multiple cultural regions.
A National Heritage Area is a site designated by United States and intended to encourage historic preservation of the area and an appreciation of the history and heritage of the site. There are currently 55 National Heritage Areas, some of which use variations of the title, such as National Heritage Corridor.
Tri-state area is an informal term in the eastern contiguous United States for any of several regions associated with a particular town or metropolis that, with adjacent suburbs, lies across three states. Some of these involve a state boundary tripoint. Other tri-state areas have a more diffuse population that shares a connected economy and geography—especially with respect to geology, botany, or climate. The term "tri-state area" is often present in movies, radio and television commercials.
The North American Cordillera is the North American portion of the American Cordillera which is a mountain chain (cordillera) along the western side of the Americas. The North American Cordillera covers an extensive area of mountain ranges, intermontane basins, and plateaus in western North America, including much of the territory west of the Great Plains. It is also sometimes called the Western Cordillera, the Western Cordillera of North America, or the Pacific Cordillera.
USA Volleyball (USAV) is a non-profit organization which is recognized as the national governing body of volleyball in the United States by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). It is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and was founded by the YMCA of the USA. The organization is responsible for selecting and supporting US national teams that compete in FIVB-sanctioned international volleyball and beach volleyball competitions such as the Olympic Summer Games. USA Volleyball is also charged with fostering the development of the sport of volleyball within the United States through involvement with its forty Regional Volleyball Associations (RVAs).
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The following is a set–index article, providing a list of lists, for the cities, towns and villages within the jurisdictional United States. It is divided, alphabetically, according to the state, territory, or district name in which they are located.
A Grotto is an internal organization of the National Speleological Society (NSS). They generally function as the local NSS chapter/club. Many Grottos however, operate in areas outside of their local area, with many operating in several states. Most Grottos also participate in Regions which are loose associations of Grottos. Regions are also an internal organization of the National Speleological Society.
Class F: Local History of the United States and British, Dutch, French, and Latin America is a classification used by the Library of Congress Classification system. This article outlines the structure of Class F classification.
The United States is divided into five Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts, or PADDs. These were created during World War II under the Petroleum Administration for War to help organize the allocation of fuels derived from petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel fuel. Today, these regions are still used for data collection purposes.
The National Park Service (NPS) in the United States is a Bureau of the Department of the Interior with its headquarters located in Washington, D.C. The bureaus consist of numerous support offices and seven regional offices, which oversee park operations within their geographic area. The NPS has 3 main offices/verticals that support the Office of the Director: The Office of Congressional & External Relations, The Office of Management & Administration, and Operations.
Buildings of the United States is a multi-volume series of illustrated reference works. The series focuses on the architectural history and legacy of various States, regions, or metropolitan areas, "identifying the rich cultural, economic, and geographical diversity of the United States as it is reflected in the architecture.. . " The books in the series are intended as a resource for academics, architects, and preservationists, as well as guidebooks for the general public. Each volume is intended to be written by an individual expert or contributing experts. The series is sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, having established its editorial board, consisting of academics and representatives of the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the American Institute of Architects. As of 2012, the head of the editorial committee is Professor Emerita at Tulane University, Karen Kingsley, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor. The Society also coordinates fundraising for the project.
The 2011–12 North American winter refers to winter in North America as it occurred across the continent from late 2011 through early 2012. The 2011–12 season by and large saw above normal average temperatures across North America, with the contiguous United States encountering its fourth-warmest winter on record along with an unusually low number of significant winter precipitation events. The primary outlier was Alaska, which experienced its coldest January on record.