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The US Southeast is the eastern portion of the Southern United States, but the Census Bureau does not provide a standard definition of a "Southeast" region of the United Statesmarker, and organizations that need to subdivide the US are free to define a "Southeast" region to fit their needs. [76258] However, Georgiamarker is almost always included, Texasmarker is almost never included, and inclusion of other states varies.

Metropolitan Atlantamarker is the main population center of the Southeast [76259] [76260], and the Southeast roughly corresponds to an area with Atlanta centrally located, with Hartsfield-Jacksonmarker as the region's airline hub. Atlantamarker has the third-largest concentration of colleges and universities and also college students, with over 30 institutions and over 280,000 students. Much of Virginiamarker is associated with the Washington, Richmondmarker or Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan areas. A portion of the latter extends into North Carolinamarker.

Research Triangle Parkmarker, in the Raleigh-Durham urban area of North Carolina has emerged (over a nearly 50-year existence) as a major hub of technology, governmental and biotechnological research and development, as has the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park in Richmondmarker. The Cummings Research Park in the Huntsville, Alabamamarker area is the second largest research complex in the nation. It is one of the biggest areas of aerospace engineering and missile defense technology. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Floridamarker is the largest laboratory in the world devoted to the study of magnetism. The University of South Carolinamarker is currently constructing a research campus in downtown Columbiamarker, and the University is the nation’s only National Science Foundation-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Fuel Cells.

Largest Cities

These are the ten largest cities in the Southeastern region of the United States by population according to United States Census Bureau on 2008-07-01:.

Rank City State Population
1 Jacksonvillemarker Floridamarker
2 Charlottemarker North Carolinamarker
3 Memphismarker Tennesseemarker
4 Nashville Tennesseemarker
5 Louisville Kentuckymarker
6 Atlantamarker Georgiamarker
7 Virginia Beachmarker Virginiamarker
8 Miamimarker Floridamarker
9 Raleighmarker North Carolinamarker
10 Tampamarker Floridamarker

Largest metropolitan areas

These are the fifteen largest metropolitan statistical areas in the Southeastern region of the United States by population according to United States Census Bureau on 2008-07-01:.

Beyond Megalopolis by Virginia Techmarker's Metropolitan Institute, an attempt to update Jean Gottmann's work with current trends, defines two "megapolitan areas" contained within the Southeast, out of a total of ten such areas in the United Statesmarker: Two others tie some areas on the margins of the Southeast to urban centers in other regions:
  • "Gulf Coast" extending as far east as the western tip of Florida
  • "Northeast" including much of eastern Virginia

Rank Metropolitan Area Anchor City Population State(s)
1 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville Atlantamarker 5,729,304 Georgiamarker / Alabamamarker
2 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beachmarker Miamimarker 5,414,772 Floridamarker
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Washington D.C.marker 5,358,130 Virginiamarker / District of Columbiamarker / Marylandmarker / West Virginiamarker
4 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwatermarker Tampamarker 2,733,761 Floridamarker
5 Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury Charlottemarker 2,338,289 North Carolinamarker / South Carolinamarker
6 Orlando-Kissimmee Orlandomarker 2,054,574 Floridamarker
7 Raleigh-Durham-Cary Raleigh 1,690,557 North Carolinamarker
8 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport Newsmarker Norfolk 1,658,292 Virginiamarker / North Carolinamarker
9 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Columbia Nashvillemarker 1,632,671 Tennesseemarker
10 Greensboro--Winston-Salem--High Point Greensboromarker 1,552,495 North Carolinamarker
11 Louisville/Jefferson County--Elizabethtownmarker Louisvillemarker 1,380,591 Kentuckymarker/Indianamarker
12 Jacksonville Jacksonvillemarker 1,313,228 Floridamarker
13 Memphis Memphismarker 1,285,732 Tennesseemarker / Mississippimarker / Arkansasmarker
14 Greenville-Spartanburg-Andersonmarker Greenville 1,241,618 South Carolinamarker
15 Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman Birminghammarker 1,198,932 Alabamamarker



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