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The states shown in dark red are usually included in the term "West Coast".
The light red states (Arizona and Nevada) are generally not considered to be part of the West Coast.

The "West Coast", "Western Seaboard", or "Pacific Coast" are terms for the westernmost coastal states of the United Statesmarker. The term most often refers to the states of Californiamarker, Oregonmarker and Washingtonmarker. Although not part of the contiguous United States, Alaskamarker and Hawaiimarker do border the Pacific Oceanmarker and can also be included in the "West Coast". The U.S. Census groups the five states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii together as the Pacific region.

As of 2008, the estimated population of the West Coast (the Census Bureau's Pacific Region) was approximately 49 million (47 million if only California, Oregon and Washington are included).

The West Coast is sometimes simply referred to as "the Coast", an older term thought to have arisen in the Northeastern United States. The term "Left Coast" is sometimes used, a form of word-play relating the region's position on the left of a conventionally displayed map of the United States to its reputation for being more politically left-wing than some other parts of the United States.{

Major coastal cities on the West Coast include Los Angelesmarker, San Diegomarker, San Franciscomarker, Seattlemarker, Anchoragemarker, Honolulumarker, and Long Beachmarker. Major non-coastal cities in West Coast states include San Josemarker, Oaklandmarker, Sacramentomarker, Fresnomarker, and Portlandmarker.

The history of the West Coast includes the arrival of the first humans some 10,000 years ago, and the presence of Spanish, British, Mexican, Russian and American explorers and settlers.

See also


  1. U.S. Census regions and divisions
  2. United States Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey. Summed estimates for CA, OR, WA, AK, and HI
  3. Hirsen, James, Tales from the Left Coast
  4. Left Coast T-shirt company
  5. Left Coast Press

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