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List of regions of the United States

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This is a list of some of the ways regions are defined in the United States. Many regions are defined in law or regulations by the federal government; others by shared culture and history, and others by economic factors.

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Interstate regions

Census Bureau–designated regions and divisions

U.S. Census Bureau regions and divisions

Since 1950, the United States Census Bureau defines four statistical regions, with nine divisions.[1][2] The Census Bureau region definition is "widely used ... for data collection and analysis",[3] and is the most commonly used classification system.[4][5][6][7]

Puerto Rico and other US territories are not part of any census region or census division.[9]

Federal Reserve Banks

Federal Reserve System districts

The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 divided the country into twelve districts with a central Federal Reserve Bank in each district. These twelve Federal Reserve Banks together form a major part of the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States. Missouri is the only U.S. state to have two Federal Reserve locations within its borders, but several other states are also divided between more than one district.

  1. Boston
  2. New York
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Cleveland
  5. Richmond
  6. Atlanta
  7. Chicago
  8. St. Louis
  9. Minneapolis
  10. Kansas City
  11. Dallas
  12. San Francisco

Time zones

U.S. time zones (some U.S. time zones are not on this map)

Courts of Appeals circuits

U.S. Courts of Appeals circuits

The Federal Circuit is not a regional circuit. Its jurisdiction is nationwide but based on the subject matter.

Agency administrative regions

In 1969, the Office of Management and Budget published a list of ten "Standard Federal Regions",[11] to which Federal agencies could be restructured as a means of standardizing government administration nationwide. Despite a finding in 1977 that this restructuring did not reduce administrative costs as initially expected,[12] and the complete rescinding of the standard region system in 1995,[13] several agencies continue to follow the system, including the Environmental Protection Agency[14] and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.[15]

Regions and office locations

Regions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region I

Office location: Boston

States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Region II

Office location: New York City

States: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Region III

Office location: Philadelphia

States: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia

Region IV

Office location: Atlanta

States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Region V

Office location: Chicago

States: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Region VI

Office location: Dallas

States: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Region VII

Office location: Kansas City

States: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Region VIII

Office location: Denver

States: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

Region IX

Office location: San Francisco

States: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, and American Samoa

Region X

Office location: Seattle

States: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Bureau of Economic Analysis regions

Bureau of Economic Analysis regions

The Bureau of Economic Analysis defines regions for comparison of economic data.[16]

Unofficial regions

Multi-state regions

Multi-territory regions

The Belts

Interstate megalopolises

Interstate metropolitan areas

Intrastate and intraterritory regions


A map of regions of Alabama

Regions of Alabama include:


Southeast Alaska, also known as the Alaska Panhandle

Regions of Alaska include:

American Samoa

American Samoa

Regions of American Samoa include:


The Arizona Strip

Regions of Arizona include:


Regions of Arkansas

Regions of Arkansas include:



An enlargeable map of the Front Range Urban Corridor of Colorado and Wyoming

Regions of Colorado include:


Map highlighting the nine regions of Connecticut

Connecticut has nine official planning regions, which operate as councils of governments and are recognized as county equivalents by the U.S. Census Bureau. The nine regions are:

Some of Connecticut's informal regions include:


The Delaware Valley, also known as metropolitan Philadelphia

Regions of Delaware include:

"Slower Lower":

District of Columbia


The First Coast
The Florida Panhandle

Directional regions of Florida include:

Local vernacular regions of Florida include:


Regions of Georgia include:

Physiographic regions

Physiographic regions of Georgia include:


Regions of Guam include:


Hawaiian archipelago
Hawaiian Islands

Regions of Hawaii include:


The Idaho Panhandle

Regions of Idaho include:


Southern Illinois, also known as "Little Egypt"

Regions of Illinois include:


Regions of Indiana

Regions of Indiana include:


Regions of Iowa

Regions of Iowa include:


Regions of Kansas include:


Regions of Kentucky include:


Regions of Louisiana

Regions of Louisiana include:


Regions of Maine include:


Regions of Maryland

Regions of Maryland include:

Regions of Maryland shared with other states include:


The Berkshires region of Massachusetts

Regions of Massachusetts include:


Regions of Michigan

Regions of Michigan include:

Lower Peninsula

Upper Peninsula


Regions of Minnesota

Regions of Minnesota include:


Regions of Mississippi include:


The Missouri Bootheel

Regions of Missouri include:


Regions of Montana include:


The Nebraska Panhandle

Regions of Nebraska include:


Regions of Nevada include:

New Hampshire

Regions of New Hampshire include:

New Jersey

Regions of New Jersey include:

New Mexico

Regions of New Mexico include:

New York

Regions of New York states as defined by the Empire State Development Corporation Regions of New York

The nine regions of New York, as defined by the Empire State Development Corporation:

Regions of New York state include:

North Carolina

Regions of North Carolina

Regions of North Carolina include:

North Dakota

Regions of North Dakota include:

Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands

Regions of the Northern Mariana Islands include:


The Great Black Swamp region of Ohio

Regions of Ohio include:


The Oklahoma Panhandle

Regions of Oklahoma include:


The topography of Oregon
Oregon's High Desert

Regions of Oregon include:


Regions of Pennsylvania include:

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Regions of Puerto Rico include:

Rhode Island

Regions of Rhode Island include:

South Carolina

Regions of South Carolina include:

South Dakota

East River and West River in South Dakota

Regions of South Dakota include:


The Grand Divisions of Tennessee include:


The Texas Panhandle

Regions of Texas include:

U.S. Minor Outlying Islands

The United States Minor Outlying Islands (Navassa Island not on map)

Regions of United States Minor Outlying Islands include:

U.S. Virgin Islands

Regions of United States Virgin Islands include:


Regions of Utah include:


Regions of Vermont include:


A map of the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia

Regions of Virginia include:


Regions of Washington include:

West Virginia

Regions of West Virginia include:


Wisconsin's five geographic regions

Wisconsin is divided into five geographic regions:


Regions of Wyoming include:

See also

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ This region also includes the Independent State of Samoa, which is not a part of the United States
  2. ^ This region also includes the British Virgin Islands, which is not a part of the United States
  3. ^ Claimed by Tokelau[17]
  4. ^ Midway Atoll, part of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, is not politically part of Hawaii; it is one of the United States Minor Outlying Islands
  5. ^ Claimed by Haiti
  6. ^ Claimed by the Marshall Islands


  1. ^ "Statistical Groupings of States and Counties" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau, Geography Division. "Census Regions and Divisions of the United States" (PDF). Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "The National Energy Modeling System: An Overview 2003" (Report #: DOE/EIA-0581, October 2009). United States Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration.
  4. ^ "The most widely used regional definitions and follow those of the U.S. Bureau of the Census." Seymour Sudman and Norman M. Bradburn, Asking Questions: A Practical Guide to Questionnaire Design (1982). Jossey-Bass: p. 205.
  5. ^ "Perhaps the most widely used regional classification system is one developed by the U.S. Census Bureau." Dale M. Lewison, Retailing, Prentice Hall (1997): p. 384. ISBN 978-0-13-461427-4
  6. ^ "[M]ost demographic and food consumption data are presented in this four-region format." Pamela Goyan Kittler, Kathryn P. Sucher, Food and Culture, Cengage Learning (2008): p.475. ISBN 9780495115410
  7. ^ "Census Bureau Regions and Divisions with State FIPS Codes" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Census Bureau Regions and Divisions with State FIPS Codes" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Geographic Terms and Concepts - Census Divisions and Census Regions". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "No DST in Most of Arizona". Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  11. ^ Standard Federal Regions, Office of Management and Budget, 1969, Circular A-105
  12. ^ Office of Management and Budget (August 17, 1977), Standardized Federal Regions: Little Effect on Agency Management of Personnel, Government Accountability Office, FPCD-77-39
  13. ^ 60 FR 15171
  14. ^ Williams, Dennis C. (March 1993), Why Are Our Regional Offices and Labs Located Where They Are? A Historical Perspective on Siting, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  15. ^ HUD's Regions, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, September 20, 2017
  16. ^ "BEA Regions". Bureau of Economic Analysis. February 18, 2004. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  17. ^ The World Factbook CIA World Factbook - American Samoa. Retrieved July 5, 2019.

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