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The United States is often divided up into geographical regions. Using these regions can help to describe a larger area and also helps to group together states that are similar in features such as geography, culture, history, and climate.

While there are some official government regions, such as those used by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Standard Federal Regions, most people use five major regions when dividing up the states. They are the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West.

Because these aren't officially defined regions, some border states may appear in different regions depending on the document or map you are looking at. For example, sometimes Maryland is considered part of the Southeast, but we include it in the Northeast on our map.

Major Regions

Northeast Southeast
Midwest Southwest West Other Regions

Here are some other sub-regions that are often referred to:
More on US geographical features:

Regions of the United States
US Rivers
US Lakes
US Mountain Ranges
US Deserts

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