Talk:Eastern United States

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Page move[edit]

According to new policy approved by Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. regions this page should be moved to Eastern United States, and likewise its related sub-articles as well. Thanks. -JCarriker 10:40, May 21, 2005 (UTC)

Since there seem to be no objections. I'm going through with the move. -JCarriker 08:13, May 22, 2005 (UTC)

Colours and appearance[edit]

I have made a proposal to change the colour of the map box, please see the discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject U.S. regions --Qirex 05:36, 31 October 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

whats the natural border?[edit]

So the border would either be the continental divide or or the Mississippi River, right?

In terms of today, those would be the most common natural borders. An older (and defunct) demarcation was the Appalachian Mountains, a less common modern defintion might be where the eastern forests ends. -JCarriker 19:16, 6 November 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mississippi River descrepancy[edit]

The article states that the Mississippi River is the normal dividing line. However, the graphic shows Illinois and Wisconsin as striped states. Both are east of the river. Could someone fix this? Will 05:04, 25 August 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


This article should be constructed as the West Coast article is. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by DDavis092 (talkcontribs) 01:56, 7 December 2006 (UTC).Reply[reply]


Whoa, there, this whole article needs to be redone. I'm from Maryland and definitely don't think of Ohio as being Eastern, much less Louisiana or Michigan or any of the other random states you have thrown in there. The Eastern states are: Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Northeast. That's it. Ohio is midwestern, and Alabama, Mississippi, and all of those people down there are Southerners, not Easterners.

SwedishConqueror 06:45, 16 December 2006 (UTC)SwedishConquerorReply[reply]

Just because a state doesn't connect to the Atlantic Ocean doesn't mean it not the east. Living in Ohio, I say Ohio is definitely Eastern, it is way closer to New York City than it is to Lebanon, Kansas (Most central city in the US). Same goes for the Southern states.

Just curious, what part of Ohio are you from? In Northwestern Ohio, many of us consider ourselves Midwestern, so I wondered if you're from Eastern or Southern Ohio. I see the argument to make Ohio either Eastern or Midwestern, but it gets stuck with the pleasure of constant debate. I'd say it's more of a regional border state, Midwesternnortheast if I may suggest. :) Frank12 00:29, 24 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There's a difference between the East and the East Coast. States like Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, Illinois, etc are not East Coast, but they are East. The East is recognized as everything from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River. Missouri is considered to straddle East and West. St Louis is described as the "last eastern city" going westward, and Kansas City is "the first western city". The "East" is a macroregion that consists of the Northeast (NY, NJ, PA, and New England), most of the South, and a good chunk of the Midwest (IL, WI, MI, IN, OH). Skyduster (talk) 01:22, 17 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Official Flag[edit]

An official flag for the region of Eastern United States has been created. Can I receive help on how to post the flag into the article. Thank You.

Who created this flag, and can you please sign your comments? Skyduster (talk) 01:18, 17 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Offical Flag Of Eastern United States, The Atlantic Banner[edit]

Can any one tell me how to post it into the article, Thank You.

22 Largest Cities in the Eastern United States[edit]

By both city population and metro population, Baltimore is larger than several of the "22 largest cities in the East". Given that 22 is a random number, perhaps Baltimore should be added and the caption changed to read "23 largest cities in the East". —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:49, 6 January 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Largest Cities and Metro Areas, Glaring Omissions[edit]

A glaring omission was Atlanta on the original list of 22 cities. Considering Atlanta's population hovers around 537,000 people and counting, it is considerably larger in city-proper population and metro population that several of the other listed cities. The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA is the ninth largest metro area in the United States, certainly earning it a spot in the most populous eastern cities. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:51, 10 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Minneapolis and New Orleans are both larger than several cities on this list. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:21, 23 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Eastern United States/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Just curious as to why Baltimore is not included among largest cities. It has a population of almost 640,000 and Buffalo should be included as well, almost 300,000.

Last edited at 18:33, 24 July 2009 (UTC). Substituted at 14:02, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Midwest section citing Kansas and Missouri a recently included in the region[edit]

Kansas is one of the original States referred to as the Midwest ( The Old Northwest states took the Midwest moniker to make them appear more attractive to new immigrants. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:18, 23 November 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Change of Definition[edit]

The definition of Eastern United States really needs to be changed. I would usually consider Florida, West Virginia, Maybe Ohio, and all the land making up the original 13 colonies. A lot of people differ, but most people in no way thinks of the term going so inward of the United States. All rational people can agree that Wisconsin and Minnesota are not part of the Eastern United States. Ethan Parmet (talk) 18:37, 21 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I usually consider “Eastern” to be interchangeable with Northeastern, to be honest. I don’t think people usually think of Georgia or South Carolina when they think of the Eastern United States. Wikidude87654321 (talk) 06:00, 26 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article should be removed imo[edit]

The "Eastern" US, as it's defined here, isn't even recognized as an American regional bloc. For cultural and economic reasons, the Southeast is always considered separately from the Northeast, and sometimes the Northeast is broken into the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. "The East" is never discussed as one region because the North and South vote differently, have different economies and different cultures.

So does this article meet Wiki's notability requirements? I don't think so.Jonathan f1 (talk) 13:22, 12 September 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think of East Coast as being something that signifies a generic geographical area. Not "Eastern United States."Wikidude87654321 (talk) 13:51, 11 April 2023 (UTC)Wikidude87654321Wikidude87654321 (talk) 13:51, 11 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The second paragraph[edit]

It says there are 28 states east of the Mississippi river, but there are only 26. Is the population number correct, anyways?

Josh Theta (talk) 02:12, 12 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Number of States[edit]

The number of States completely east of the Mississippi is 26–not 28:

New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, & RI)

Mid-Atlantic (NY, PA, NJ, MD, & DE)

States that once comprised the Commonwealth of Virginia (VA, KY, & WV)

Deep South (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, & TN)

Great Lakes (OH, IN, IL, MI, & WI) Bayowolf (talk) 21:07, 21 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]