State Regions

There are 50 states that, joined together, form the nation called The United States of America.

48 of these states are grouped together on the North American continent. The other two states are separated from this group of 48 states by land and by water.

The 49th state, Alaska, is located on the North American continent northwest of the group of 48 but is separated from them by Canada. Alaska does not share borders with any other state. It is bordered by Canada and the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans.

The 50th state to join this Union, Hawai`i, is a chain of isolated islands located in the North Pacific Ocean about 2,400 miles west of the coast of the North American continent.

The 48 states, grouped together within a common boundary on the North American continent, are referred to in many ways. They may be referred to as the "conterminous" 48 states, the "contiguous" 48 states, or the Continental United States. If you live in Alaska, you may refer to these states as the "lower" United States. Here at StuffAboutStates, we will refer to this group of states as the conterminous 48 states. It is this group of states that we group into regions.

There is no official way to group our states into regions and you will probably run into a few different methods. Regardless of how the states are grouped, Alaska and Hawai`i are left on their own.

On StuffAboutStates, we have chosen to divide the states that compose the conterminous 48 states into seven regions. They are; the Pacific Coast States; the Rocky Mountain States; the Southwestern States; the Midwestern States; the Southern States; the Middle Atlantic States; and New England.


Pacific Coast States

The Pacific Coast States are Washington, Oregon, and California.

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Rocky Mountain States

The Rocky Mountain States are east of the Pacific Coast States. There are six Rocky Mountain States. Clockwise, they are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

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Southwestern States

The Southwestern States are to the east of the Pacific Coast States and to the south of the Rocky Mountain States. They are Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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Midwestern States

The Midwestern States are east of the Rocky Mountain States and north of the Southwestern and the Southern States. There are twelve Midwestern States. They are North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

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Southern States

The Southern States are south of the Midwestern States and the Middle Atlantic States. There are fourteen Southern States. They are West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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Middle Atlantic States

The Middle Atlantic States are north of the Southern States and west of and to the south of New England. There are three Middle Atlantic States. They are New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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New England

New England is located in the northeast part of the conterminous 48 states, east and north of the Middle Atlantic States. There are six New England States. They are Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

New England


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