Regions of The USA | Educational Videos
A region is an area of land that has common features. A region can be defined by natural or artificial features. Language, government, or religion can define a region, as can forests, wildlife, or climate. A common way of referring to regions in the United States is grouping them into 5 regions according to their geographic position on the continent: the Northeast, Southwest, West, Southeast, and Midwest. Geographers who study regions may also find other physical or cultural similarities or differences between these areas.
Northeast States included: Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland Climate: Humid continental climate with cool summers in the northernmost areas. Snow falls during the winter as the temperatures are regularly below freezing. Major geographical features: Appalachian Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Great Lakes, borders on Canada to the north Southeast States included: West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida Climate: Humid subtropical climate with hot summers. Hurricanes can reach landfall in the summer and fall months along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Major geographical features: Appalachian Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River Midwest States included: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota Climate: Humid continental climate throughout most of the region. Snow is common during the winter, especially in the northern areas. Major geographical features: Great Lakes, Great Plains, Mississippi River, borders Canada to the north Southwest States included: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona Climate: Semiarid Steppe climate in the western area with a more humid climate to the east. Some of the far western areas of the region have an alpine or desert climate. Major geographical features: Rocky Mountains, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Gulf of Mexico, borders Mexico to the south West States included: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, Alaska, Hawaii Climate: A range of climates including semiarid and alpine along the Rocky and Sierra Mountains. The coastline in California is a Mediterranean climate. Desert climates can be found in Nevada and Southern California. Major geographical features: Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mohave Desert, Pacific Ocean, borders Canada to the North and Mexico to the south
Here are some other sub-regions that are often referred to: Mid-Atlantic - Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey Central Plains - Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska Great Lakes - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan New England - Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut Pacific Northwest - Washington, Oregon, Idaho Rocky Mountains - Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana