Northeastern United States
The Census Bureau–defined region has a total area of 181,324 sq mi (469,630 km2
) with 162,257 sq mi (420,240 km2
) of that being land mass
Although it lacks a unified cultural identity
, the Northeastern region is the nation's most economically developed
, densely populated
, and culturally diverse
Of the nation's four census regions, the Northeast has the second-largest percentage of residents living in an urban setting, with 85 percent, and is home to the nation's largest metropolitan area
The Northeast is home to most of the Northeast megalopolis
, the most economically significant and second most-populated of eleven mega regions
within the United States, accounting for 20% of US GDP.
Geographically there is some debate as to where the Northeastern United States begins and ends. The vast area from central Virginia
to northern Maine
, and from western Pennsylvania
) to the Atlantic Ocean
, have all been loosely grouped into the Northeast at one time or another. Much of the debate has been what the cultural
aspects of the Northeast are, and where they begin or end as one reaches the borders of the region.
Using the Census Bureau's definition of the Northeast, the region includes nine states: they are Maine, New York
, New Jersey
, Rhode Island
, New Hampshire
, and Pennsylvania.[a]
The region is often subdivided into New England
(the six states east of New York State) and the Mid-Atlantic states
(New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania). This definition has been essentially unchanged since 1880 and is widely used as a standard for data tabulation.
However, the Census Bureau has acknowledged the obvious limitations of this definition
and the potential merits of a proposal created after the 1950 census, that would include changing regional boundaries to include Delaware
, and the District of Columbia
with the Mid-Atlantic states, but ultimately decided that "the new system did not win enough overall acceptance among data users to warrant adoption as an official new set of general-purpose State groupings. The previous development of many series of statistics, arranged and issued over long periods of time on the basis of the existing State groupings, favored the retention of the summary units of the current regions and divisions."
The Census Bureau confirmed in 1994 that it would continue to "review the components of the regions and divisions to ensure that they continue to represent the most useful combinations of States and State equivalents."
Many organizations and reference works follow the Census Bureau's definition for the region.
In the history of the United States, the Mason–Dixon line
between Pennsylvania (the North
) and Maryland (the South
) traditionally divided the regions,
but in modern times, various entities define the Northeastern United States in somewhat different ways. The Association of American Geographers
divides the Northeast into two divisions: "New England", which is the same as the Census Bureau; and it has the same "Middle States" but adds Delaware.
Similarly, the Geological Society of America
defines the Northeast as these same states but with the addition of Maryland and the District of Columbia
The narrowest definitions include only the states of New England.
Other more restrictive definitions include New England and New York as part of the Northeast United States, but exclude Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
States beyond the Census Bureau definition are included in Northeast Region by various other entities:
- Various organizations include: Delaware, Maryland and District of Columbia.
- The US EPA and NOAA include in their Northeast Region: Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia.
- The National Fish and Wildlife Service includes in their Northeast Region: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Virginia.
- The National Park Service includes in their Northeast Region: Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia (though small parts are also in the National Capital Region).
Anthropologists recognize the "Northeastern Woodlands" as one of the cultural regions
that existed in the Western Hemisphere
at the time of European colonists
in the 15th and later centuries. Most did not settle in North America until the 17th century. The cultural area, known as the "Northeastern Woodlands
", in addition to covering the entire Northeast U.S., also covered much of what is now Canada and others regions of what is now the eastern United States
Among the many tribes that inhabited this area were those that made up the Iroquois nations
and the numerous Algonquian peoples
In the United States of the 21st century, 18 federally recognized tribes
reside in the Northeast.
For the most part, the people of the Northeastern Woodlands, on whose lands European fishermen began camping to dry their codfish in the early 1600s, lived in villages, especially after being influenced by the agricultural traditions of the Ohio and Mississippi valley societies.
All of the states making up the Northeastern region were among the original Thirteen Colonies
, though Maine, Vermont, and Delaware were part of other colonies before the United States became independent in the American Revolution
. The two cultural and geographic regions that form parts of the Northeastern region have distinct histories.
Although the first settlers of New England were motivated by religion, in more recent history, New England has become one of the least religious parts of the United States. In a 2009 Gallup
survey, less than half of residents in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts reported religion as an important part of their daily life.
In a 2010 Gallup survey, less than 30% of residents in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts reported attending church
weekly, giving them the lowest church attendance among U.S. states.
The first European explorer known to have explored the Atlantic shoreline of the Northeast since the Norse
was Giovanni da Verrazzano
in 1524. His ship La Dauphine
explored the coast from what is now known as Florida to New Brunswick. Henry Hudson
explored the area of present-day New York in 1609 and claimed it for the Netherlands. His journey stimulated Dutch interest, and the area became known as New Netherland
. In 1625, the city of New Amsterdam
(the location of present-day New York City) was designated the capital of the province.
The Dutch New Netherland settlement along the Hudson River
and, for a time, the New Sweden
settlement along the Delaware River
divided the English settlements in the north and the south. In 1664, Charles II of England
formally annexed New Netherland and incorporated it into the English colonial empire
The territory became the colonies of New York
and New Jersey
New Jersey was originally split into East Jersey
and West Jersey
until the two were united as a royal colony in 1702.
In 1681, William Penn
, who wanted to give Quakers
a land of religious freedom, founded Pennsylvania
and extended freedom of religion to all citizens.
Penn strongly desired access to the sea for his Pennsylvania Province
and leased what then came to be known as the "Lower Counties on the Delaware"
from the Duke. Penn established representative government and briefly combined his two possessions under one General Assembly in 1682. However, by 1704 the Province of Pennsylvania had grown so large that their representatives wanted to make decisions without the assent of the Lower Counties and the two groups of representatives began meeting on their own, one at Philadelphia
, and the other at New Castle. Penn and his heirs remained proprietors of both and always appointed the same person Governor for their Province of Pennsylvania and their territory of the Lower Counties. The fact that Delaware and Pennsylvania shared the same governor was not unique. From 1703 to 1738, New York and New Jersey shared a governor.
Massachusetts and New Hampshire also shared a governor for some time.
Cape Cod Bay
, a leading tourist destination in Massachusetts
While most of the Northeastern United States lie in the Appalachian Highlands
physiographic region, some are also part of the Atlantic coastal plain
which extends south to the southern tip of Florida. The coastal plain areas (including Cape Cod
in Massachusetts, Long Island
in New York, most of New Jersey, Delaware and the Chesapeake Bay
in Maryland and Virginia) are generally low and flat, with sandy soil and marshy land.
The highlands, including the Piedmont
and the Appalachian Mountains
, are generally heavily forested, ranging from rolling hills to summits greater than 6,000 feet (1,800 m), and pocked with many lakes.
The highest peak in the Northeast is Mount Washington (New Hampshire)
, at 6,288 feet (1,917 m).
As of 2007, forest-use covered approximately 60% of the Northeastern states (including Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia), about twice the national average. About 12% was cropland and another 4% grassland pasture or range. There is also more urbanized land in the Northeast (11%) than any other region in the U.S.
The climate of the Northeastern United States varies from northernmost Maine
to southernmost Maryland
. The climate of the region is created by the position of the general west to east flow of weather in the middle latitudes that much of the USA is controlled by and the position and movement of the subtropical highs. Summers are normally warm in northern areas to hot in southern areas. In summer, the building Bermuda High
pumps warm and sultry air toward the Northeast, and frequent (but brief) thundershowers are common on hot summer days. In winter the subtropical high retreats southeastward, and the polar jet stream moves south bringing colder air masses from up in Canada and more frequent storm systems to the region. Winter often brings both rain and snow as well as surges of both warm and cold air.
The basic climate of the Northeast can be divided into a colder and snowier interior (western Maryland, most of Pennsylvania, most of northern New Jersey, Upstate New York
, and most of New England), and a milder coast and coastal plain from Cape Cod
and southern Rhode Island
southward, including Long Island
, New Haven
, New York City
, and Baltimore
. In the latter region the hardiness zones
are 7a and 7b. Annual mean temperatures range from the low 50s F from Maryland to southern Connecticut, to the 40s F in most of New York State, New England and northern Pennsylvania.
Most of the Northeast has a humid continental climate
). The region's humid subtropical
) begins on Long Island and extends southward through central and eastern Maryland.
, the most populous city in the Northeast and all of the United States
, the second most populous city in the Northeast and the sixth most populated city in the United States
, the most populated city in Massachusetts and New England and the fourth most populated city in the Northeast
The two U.S. Census Bureau divisions in the Northeast (New England
) rank #2 and #1 among the 9 divisions in population density
according to the 2013 population estimate. The South Atlantic
region (233.1) was very close behind New England (233.2). Due to the faster growth of the South Atlantic
region, it will take over the #2 division rank in population density in the next estimate, dropping New England to 3rd position. New England is projected to retain the number 3 rank for many, many years, as the only other lower-ranked division with even half the population density of New England is the East North Central
division (192.1) and this region's population is projected to grow slowly. [b]
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. (July 2013)
, considered a global financial center, is in the Northeast.
The following table includes all eight airports categorized by the FAA
as large hubs
located in the Northeastern states
(New England and Eastern regions
One geographer, Wilbur Zelinsky
, asserts that the Northeast region lacks a unified cultural identity,
but has served as a "culture hearth" for the rest of the nation.
Several much smaller geographical regions within the Northeast have distinct cultural identities.
According to a 2009 Gallup poll
, the Northeastern states differ from most of the rest of the U.S. in religious affiliation, generally reflecting the descendants of immigration patterns of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with many Catholics arriving from Ireland, Italy, French Canada - Quebec, Portugal and east-central Europe. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey are the only states in the nation where Catholics
and other Christian denominations
. More than 20% of respondents in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont declared no religious identity.
Compared to other U.S. regions, the Northeast, along with the Pacific Northwest, has the lowest regular religious service attendance and the fewest people for whom religion is an important part of their daily lives.
The Northeast region is home to numerous professional sports franchises in the "Big Four" leagues
(NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB),
with more than 100 championships collectively among them.
- New York metropolitan area: Giants, Jets (NFL), Yankees, Mets (MLB), Knicks, Nets (NBA), Rangers, Islanders, Devils (NHL)
- Philadelphia: Eagles (NFL), Phillies (MLB), 76ers (NBA), Flyers (NHL)
- Boston: Patriots (NFL), Red Sox (MLB), Celtics (NBA), Bruins (NHL)
- Pittsburgh: Steelers (NFL), Pirates (MLB), Penguins (NHL)
- Buffalo: Bills (NFL), Sabres (NHL)
The region has also been noted for the prevalence of the traditionally Northeastern sports of ice hockey
The rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations in the Northeastern United States fell from 2005 to 2011 for overall conditions, acute conditions, and chronic conditions.
The Northeastern United States tended to vote Republican
in federal elections through the first half of the 20th century, but the region has since the 1990s shifted to become the most Democratic
in the nation.
Results from a 2008 Gallup poll
indicated that eight of the top ten Democratic states were located in the region, with every Northeastern state having a Democratic party affiliation advantage of at least ten points.
The following table demonstrates Democratic support in the Northeast as compared to the remainder of the nation.
The following table of United States presidential election
results since 1920 illustrates that over the past seven presidential elections, only three Northeastern states supported a Republican candidate (New Hampshire voted for George W. Bush
in 2000; Pennsylvania and Maine's 2nd congressional district
voted for Donald Trump
2004 is so far the only election in U.S. history in which the winner did not win any northeastern state. Bolded entries indicate that party's candidate also won the general election.
The following table shows the breakdown of party affiliation of governors, attorneys general, state legislative houses and U.S. congressional delegation for the Northeastern states, as of May 2020. (Demographics reflect registration-by-party figures from that state's registered voter statistics.)
- ^ The U.S. Census Bureau reorganized its administrative units, and its regional offices do not cover the Census regions (the northeasternmost regional office headquartered in New York covers New England, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico).
- ^ Based on U.S. Census Bureau population projections to 2030 (and assuming constant land area) the population density for the South Atlantic division will increase significantly to 294.6/mi2, New England's density will increase to 249.2/mi2 and the East North Central division will increase only slightly to 200.2/mi2. The division with the 5th highest density is projected to be the East South Central division at 111.6/mi2.
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- ^ "2019 U.S. Population Estimates Continue to Show the Nation's Growth Is Slowing". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. December 30, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2020. The Northeast region, the smallest of the four regions with a population of 55,982,803 in 2019, saw population decrease for the first time this decade, declining by 63,817 or -0.1%.
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