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LAND OF OPPORTUNITY

This union of 50 states, some as large and diverse as many independent countries, stretches its lower 48 between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans of North America bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south; Alaska reaches into the Arctic Circle at the continent’s most northwest extremity between Russia and Canada; Hawaii stretches an archipelago of more than 20 volcanic islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 2000 miles from the mainland. The United States also includes five US territories in the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Each state and territory boasts its own history, culture, architectural styles, cuisine, climate, and landscape.

States and Regions of the United States

Note: To simplify by culture and geography, the map below shows generalized regions; however, as with the arrays of life, these categories are not absolutes. Many states may embody multiple aspects and could be shown in more than one region or perhaps completely independent.

THE NORTHEAST

New England

Massachusetts + Connecticut + Rhode Island + Vermont + New Hampshire + Maine

Mid-Atlantic

Washington DC (Capital) +

Maryland + Delaware + Pennsylvania + New Jersey + New York

THE SOUTH

Upper South

West Virginia + Virginia + North Carolina + Kentucky + Tennessee + Arkansas

The Deep South

Louisiana + Mississippi + Alabama + Georgia + South Carolina

Florida

THE MIDWEST

The Great Lakes

Illinois + Indiana + Ohio + Michigan + Wisconsin + Minnesota

The Great Plains

North Dakota + South Dakota + Nebraska + Kansas + Oklahoma + Iowa + Missouri

WESTERN STATES

Texas

The Southwest

New Mexico + Arizona + Utah + Nevada

Rocky Mountains

Colorado + Wyoming + Montana + Idaho

THE PACIFIC

California

Pacific Northwest

Washington + Oregon

Alaska

Hawaii

INHABITED US TERRITORIES

Caribbean Territories

Puerto Rico + US Virgin Islands

South Pacific Territories

Guam + Northern Mariana Islands + American Samoa

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English

official language

US Dollar $

currency

50

official states

Washington DC

capital

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