REGIONS OF THE U.S by 5B31i9o

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									REGIONS OF
THE UNITED
  STATES
                  REGIONS
U.S. Government (census bureau) divides
 the country into four regions.
Remember:

REGION-divides world into units based on
 similar characteristics.
            Formal-designated by official boundaries.
            ex. states, Gobi Desert
            Functional-designed for a job. ex. Airport
            Perceptional-based on idea or thoughts. ex.
            Dirty south
NORTHEAST
(ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA)
    GEOGRAPHY
•   fewer natural resources (COAL)
•   rocky soil (FARMING DIFFICULT)
•   steep hills
•    maple syrup
        CLIMATE
• warm, humid summers
• snowy, bitterly cold winters
          PEOPLE
•   Many cities that have high population
    density.
•   Europeans settled area in search of
    religious liberty.
•   Legacy of education (Yale, Brown, MIT)
•   Melting pot of new immigrants from
    Europe.
•   Largest ethnic groups today=Italian,
    Irish, Puerto Rican, African American
              ECONOMY
•        financial industry (stock market)*
•        manufacturing
•        trade (due to harbors)
•        fishing (crabs, clams, oysters, fish,
         lobster)



*The richest region in the nation.
    MID-WEST
(IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH,
                   SD, WI)
    GEOGRAPHY
• Relatively flat with plains and small hills
• Abundant natural resources (COAL,
  STEEL, OIL)
            CLIMATE
VARIES*
    Illionis/Indiana- wetter and warmer
    Great Plain states- dry
    Northern states- cooler
Supercells which cause tornados are
 coming in the spring and summer.


*The differences in climate and soil effect farmers growing season.
          ECONOMY
• Exporting of farm products (wheat, corn,
  soybeans)
• Other agriculture-dairy cattle, hogs
• Manufacturing-steel mills, auto industry,
  railroad.
• Financial-Chicago Board of Trade
 *Known as the breadbasket because the regions farmers are among the
 worlds most productive.
           PEOPLE
• Mostly Christian
• Large African American population in
  major cities (jazz and blues influence)
           WEST
(AL, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NV, NM, MT,OR,
              UT, WY, WA)
    GEOGRAPHY
• Mississippi River forms the easternmost
  boundary for the west.
• Colorado River is major source of water.
• Several mountain ranges that capture
  moisture and create precipitation (Rocky,
  Cascades, Mt. St. Helens,)
• Several dry areas beyond mountains
  (Mojave, Death Valley)
• Natural resources include: gold, sliver,
  uranium.
• Many areas lack adequate water.
• Pacific states are the most volcanically
  active areas. (Ring of Fire)
       CLIMATE
• Most of region is arid or semi-arid.
• Hawaii has a wet tropical climate and
  tropical rain forest.
• Alaska is mostly tundra, a cold, dry
  treeless plain.
          ECONOMY
• Fishing
• Forestry
• Mining

Many towns grew when he 1st transcontinental railroad was
  completed making Los Angeles the 2nd largest city in the
  country.
Alaska is the largest state but smallest in population. Many
  places can only be reached by boat or plane.
            PEOPLE
• Settled by migrants from eastern states.
• Cowboy culture created during the early 20th
  century.
• Hawaii has largest Asian population.
• Area has much of the Native American
  population.
• Utah history of religious polygamy
• Issues: illegal immigration, race riots
• Large Mexican American populations
          SOUTH
(TX, OK, AK, LA, KY, TN, MS, AL, FL, GA,
      SC, NC, WV, VA, DC, MD, DE)
   GEOGRAPHY
• Rich soil
• Access to Mississippi River and Gulf of
  Mexico
• Wetlands and swamps provide for unique
  vegetation and wildlife.
          CLIMATE
• Warmer than other regions*
• Zones: temperate, sub-tropical, tropical and arid.

Hurricanes in late summer early autumn are common.




• *Known as the sunbelt.
            ECONOMY
• Space industry
• Oil industry
• Farming (tobacco, rice, cotton, wheat, hay, corn)




*The south is one of the fastest growing regions of the US due to its
   warm climate and jobs.
           PEOPLE
• History of slavery and segregation
• Native American culture flourished until
  approx 1500AD
• French and Spanish influence from
  historical purchases.
• Christian influences brought by white
  settlers.
             THINK
• How do regions help us understand the
  country?
• Do you think regions contribute to
  stereotypes?

								
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