Even the US government can’t agree on how to divide up the states into regions

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  • The United States is made up of many different regions and subregions.
  • Government agencies have different ways of grouping the states based on geography, culture, or other factors.
  • We compiled several maps that show the different ways US states are grouped into regions.

The United States is an enormous country comprising several different regions and subregions. 

There are countless ways to divide the US on cultural, geographical, and even racial lines. There are so many ways, in fact, that different government agencies all seem to have different ways of doing it.

The US Census Bureau, for example, considers there to be four regions of the US: the Northeast, the Midwest, the South, and the West. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Economic Analysis uses a map that splits the country up into eight regions, from New England to the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes.

Read on to see all the different ways US states are grouped, and see where your state falls:

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The US Census Bureau divides the United States into four regions. There’s the North …

The Northeast includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

… the Midwest …

The Midwest consists of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.

… the South …

The South claims more states than any other region: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Washington, DC, is also included in the South, according to the Census Bureau.

Related: Why no one can agree on where the South really is

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