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The area ceded to the United States by Great Britain in 1783 (light brown) is universally recognized as the Eastern United States.
Louisiana and Florida acquisitions were recognized as the Western and Southern frontiers in early days of the Republic.
Although East of the Rockies, Texas is considered Western.

The Eastern Half of The United States, the American East, or simply the East is traditionally defined as the states east of the Mississippi River. The first two tiers of states west of the Mississippi have traditionally been considered part of the West, but can be included in the East today; usually in regional models that exclude a Central region.As of July 1, 2007, the estimated population of the 26 states east of the Mississippi (not including the small portions of Minnesota and Louisiana that are east of the river) plus the District of Columbia totals 171,222,291 out of 305,986,357 in the whole nation (including Puerto Rico and insular areas in the US but not in the East), or 55.95% of the U.S. population. The Eastern Half has no longer a unified culture, due the vast number of immigrants which flooded the region in the mid 1800s to the present day. The East is composed of three sub-regions: [The South], [The Mid-West], and [The North East].

The South

The Southern United States—commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, Down South, or simply the South—constitutes a large distinctive region in the southeastern and south-central United States. Because of the region's unique cultural and historic heritage, including Native Americans; early European settlements of English, Scots-Irish, Scottish and German heritage[4]; importation of hundreds of thousands of enslaved Africans; growth of a large proportion of African Americans in the population, reliance on slave labor, and legacy of the Confederacy after the American Civil War, the South developed its own customs, literature, musical styles, and varied cuisines, that have profoundly shaped traditional American culture.The South is one of the most unique and culturally diverse regions of the nation whose culture is deeply rooted in the American Civil War.

In the last few decades, the South has become more industrialized and urban, attracting numerous internal and international migrants. The American South is among the fastest-growing areas in the United States.

New England

New England is a region of the United States located in the northeastern corner of the country, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Canada and the state of New York, consisting of the modern states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.[4]

In one of the earliest English settlements in the New World, English Pilgrims from Europe first settled in New England in 1620, in the colony of Plymouth. In the late 18th century, the New England colonies would be among the first North American British colonies to demonstrate ambitions of independence from the British Crown, although they would later oppose the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.

New England produced the first pieces of American literature and philosophy and was home to the beginnings of free public education. In the 19th century, it played a prominent role in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States. It was the first region of the United States to be transformed by the Industrial Revolution.[5]

It is a region with one of the highest levels of support for the Democratic Party in the United States, with the majority of voters in every state voting for the Democrats in the 1992, 1996, 2004, and 2008 Presidential elections, and every state but New Hampshire voting for Al Gore in 2000. Following the 2008 elections, all members of the House of Representatives from New England belong to the Democratic Party.

The Mid-West

The Midwestern United States (in the U.S. generally referred to as the Midwest) is one of the four geographic regions within the United States of America that are officially recognized by the United States Census Bureau.

The region consists of twelve states in the central and inland northeastern US: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.[1] A 2006 Census Bureau estimate put the population at 66,217,736. Both the geographic center of the contiguous U.S. and the population center of the U.S. are in the Midwest. The United States Census Bureau divides this region into the East North Central States (essentially the Great Lakes States) and the West North Central States.

Chicago is the largest city in the region, followed by Detroit and Indianapolis. Chicagoland is the largest metropolitan statistical area, followed by Metro Detroit, and the Twin Cities.[2] Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is the oldest city in the region, having been founded by French missionaries and explorers in 1668.

The term Midwest has been in common use for over 100 years. Another term sometimes applied to the same general region is "the heartland".[3] Other designations for the region have fallen into disuse, such as the "Northwest" or "Old Northwest" (from "Northwest Territory") and "Mid-America". Since the book Middletown appeared in 1929, sociologists have often used Midwestern cities (and the Midwest generally) as "typical" of the entire nation.[4] The region has a higher employment-to-population ratio (the percentage of employed people at least 16 years old) than the Northeast, the West, the South, or the Sun Belt states.[5]

Four of the states associated with the Midwestern United States (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) are traditionally referred to as belonging to the Great Plains region. However, in recent years they are often included in the Midwestern region.

Major population centers

The following is a list of the 22 largest cities in the East in alphabetical order; it does not reflect any preferential treatment to any city not listed: File:Atlanta Skyline from Buckhead.jpg|Atlantamarker
population: 519,145
population: 636,919
population: 608,352
population: 671,588
Image:2009-09-18 3060x2040 chicago skyline.jpg|Chicagomarker
population: 2,836,658
Image:Cincinnati oh skyline.jpg|Cincinnatimarker
population: 332,458
Image:Cleveland From The Lake.jpg|Clevelandmarker
population: 438,042
population: 747,755
population: 916,952
Image:Downtown indy from parking garage zoom.JPG|Indianapolismarker
population: 795,458
population: 805,605
population: 557,789
population: 674,028
population: 424,662
Image:Milwaukee from the harbor.jpg‎|Milwaukeemarker
population: 602,191
Image:Nashville panorama Kaldari 01.jpg|Nashvillemarker
population: 590,807
Image:Top_of_Rock_Cropped.jpg|New York Citymarker
population: 8,274,527
Image:Philadelphia skyline August 2007.jpg|Philadelphiamarker
population: 1,449,634
population: 311,218
population: 375,806
population: 336,82
Image:Virginia Beach from Fishing Pier.jpg|Virginia Beachmarker
population: 434,743
Image:WashMonument_WhiteHouse.jpg|Washington, D.C.marker
population: 588,292

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