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List of regions of the United States

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

World Interstate regionsEdit

Census Bureau-designated regions and divisionsEdit

 
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]

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

Standard Federal RegionsEdit

 
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.

  • Region I: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Region II: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
  • Region III: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Region IV: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • Region V: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Region VI: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Region VII: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
  • Region VIII: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
  • Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Federal Reserve banksEdit

 
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 zonesEdit

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

Courts of Appeals circuitsEdit

 
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 regionsEdit

 
Bureau of Economic Analysis regions.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis defines regions for comparison of economic data.[9]

Energy Information AdministrationEdit

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: East Coast
    • East Coast: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida; along with counties in New York east of, north of and including Cayuga, Tompkins, and Chemung; and counties in Pennsylvania east of and including Bradford, Sullivan, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Dauphin and York.
    • Appalachian No. 1: West Virginia along with counties of Pennsylvania and New York State not mentioned above.
  • PADD II: Midwest
    • Indiana-Illinois-Kentucky: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio
    • Minnesota-Wisconsin-North and South Dakota: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota
    • Oklahoma-Kansas-Missouri: Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa
  • PADD III: Gulf Coast
    • Texas Gulf Coast: The Texan counties of Newton, Orange, Jefferson, Jasper, Tyler, Hardin, Liberty, Chambers, Polk, San Jacinto, Montgomery, Harris, Galveston, Waller, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson, Victoria, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, San Patricio, Nueces, Kleberg, Kenedy, Willacy and Cameron
    • Texas Inland: Texan counties not mentioned above.
    • Louisiana Gulf Coast: Parishes of Louisiana south of, and including Vernon, Rapides, Avoyelles, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, Saint Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington; along with Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson County of Mississippi; and Alabama's Mobile and Baldwin County.
    • North Louisiana-Arkansas: Arkansas and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama not mentioned above.
    • New Mexico: New Mexico
  • PADD IV: Rocky Mountain: Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah
  • PADD V: West Coast: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii[11]

PADD I can also be subdivided into 3 Subdistricts:

  • Sub-PAD 1A: New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • Sub-PAD 1B: Central Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia)
  • Sub-PAD 1C: Lower Atlantic (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)[12]

Agricultural Research ServiceEdit

 
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:

  • Midwest Area
  • Northeast Area
  • Pacific West Area
  • Plains Area
  • Southeast Area

U.S. National Park ServiceEdit

The U.S. National Park Service divides the U.S. into the following regions for U.S. National Park purposes:[13][14]

  • Northeast region (Connecticut, Delaware, most of Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, most of Virginia, most of West Virginia)
  • National Capital region (District of Columbia, some of Maryland, some of Virginia, some of West Virginia)
  • Southeast region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Midwest region (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
  • Intermountain region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming)
  • Pacific region (California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Alaska region (Alaska)

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

Unofficial multi-state and multi-territory regionsEdit

There are also multi-territory regions:

The BeltsEdit

Interstate metropolitan areasEdit

Interstate megalopolisesEdit

Intrastate and intraterritory regionsEdit

AlabamaEdit

 
A map of Alabama regions.

AlaskaEdit

 
The Alaska Panhandle.

American SamoaEdit

ArizonaEdit

ArkansasEdit

CaliforniaEdit

ColoradoEdit

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

ConnecticutEdit

 
The Greater Bridgeport Region in location to other officially recognized Connecticut regions with regional governments.
 
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.

DelawareEdit

"Upstate" or "Up North"

"Slower Lower"

District of ColumbiaEdit

See Neighborhoods of the District of Columbia

FloridaEdit

 
The First Coast.
Directional regions
Local vernacular regions

GeorgiaEdit

Physiographic regionsEdit

GuamEdit

HawaiʻiEdit

 
Hawaiian archipelago

IdahoEdit

IllinoisEdit

 
Southern Illinois is also known as "Little Egypt".

IndianaEdit

 
Regions of Indiana.

IowaEdit

 
Regions of Iowa.

KansasEdit

KentuckyEdit

LouisianaEdit

 
A map of Louisiana's regions.

MaineEdit

MarylandEdit

 
Maryland's regions.

Regions shared with other states:

MassachusettsEdit

 
The Berkshire region of Massachusetts.

MichiganEdit

 
Michigan's regions.

Lower PeninsulaEdit

Upper PeninsulaEdit

MinnesotaEdit

 
Regions of Minnesota.

MississippiEdit

MissouriEdit

MontanaEdit

NebraskaEdit

NevadaEdit

New HampshireEdit

New JerseyEdit

New MexicoEdit

New YorkEdit

 
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 CarolinaEdit

 
Regions of North Carolina.

North DakotaEdit

Northern Mariana IslandsEdit

OhioEdit

 
  The area roughly covered by the Great Black Swamp

OklahomaEdit

OregonEdit

 
Oregon's topography.

PennsylvaniaEdit

Puerto RicoEdit

Rhode IslandEdit

South CarolinaEdit

Travel/Tourism locations
Other geographical distinctions

South DakotaEdit

 
South Dakota
East River and West River

TennesseeEdit

Other geographical distinctions:

TexasEdit

U.S. Minor Outlying IslandsEdit

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

UtahEdit

VermontEdit

Virgin IslandsEdit

VirginiaEdit

 
A map of the Shenandoah Valley.

WashingtonEdit

West VirginiaEdit

WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin can be divided into five geographic regions.

WyomingEdit

Other regional listingsEdit

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

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, Geography Division. "Census Regions and Divisions of the United States" (PDF). Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "The National Energy Modeling System: An Overview 2003" (Report #:DOE/EIA-0581, October 2009). United States Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration.
  3. ^ "The most widely used regional definitions follow those of the U.S. Bureau of the Census." Seymour Sudman and Norman M. Bradburn, Asking Questions: A Practical Guide to Questionnaire Design (1982). Jossey-Bass: p. 205.
  4. ^ "Perhaps the most widely used regional classification system is one developed by the U.S. Census Bureau." Dale M. Lewison, Retailing, Prentice Hall (1997): p. 384. ISBN 978-0-13-461427-4
  5. ^ "(M)ost demographic and food consumption data are presented in this four-region format." Pamela Goyan Kittler, Kathryn P. Sucher, Food and Culture, Cengage Learning (2008): p.475. ISBN 9780495115410
  6. ^ "Census Bureau Regions and Divisions with State FIPS Codes" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  7. ^ "Census Bureau Regions and Divisions with State FIPS Codes" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Geographic Terms and Concepts - Census Divisions and Census Regions". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "BEA Regions". Bureau of Economic Analysis. February 18, 2004. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  10. ^ "Records of Petroleum Administration for War". Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "Appedix A: District Description and Maps" (PDF). Energy Information Administration. October 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "PADD Definitions". Energy Information Administration. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20190705075545/https://www.nps.gov/orgs/rtca/contactus.htm U.S. National Park Service. Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Contact Us. (archived) Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  14. ^ https://www.nps.gov/subjects/partnerships/contactus.htm U.S. National Park Service. Partnerships - Contact Us. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  15. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/aq.html CIA World Factbook - American Samoa. Retrieved July 5, 2019.

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