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United States. The West: Pacific States. Most of the population in the West live in the Pacific states, with 34 million in Cali. Before WWII, economy was based on farming, forestry, & film, but due to military growth in the warm climates of California the economy took off

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the west pacific states
The West: Pacific States
  • Most of the population in the West live in the Pacific states, with 34 million in Cali.
  • Before WWII, economy was based on farming, forestry, & film, but due to military growth in the warm climates of California the economy took off
  • The warm Mediterranean climate allows year-around growing seasons.
  • Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco became country’s leading center of computer technology
  • California, Oregon, & Washington economies depend heavily on technology, aircraft manufacturing (especially Washington), & agriculture
  • Oregon has 3.3 billion dollar logging industry
  • Alaska & Hawaii depend heavily on their states’ locations, natural resources, and scenery
  • Alaska—equal to one-fifth of the continental U.S.—
the west
The West
  • Largest & most sparsely populated region of the United States
  • Includes the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and inter-mountain region.
  • Western Region was mostly unsettled until early 1900s with aqueducts & irrigations systems being implemented in the region.
  • The Interior west has been a major agriculture contributor.
  • Wheat Belt stretches across the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas.
  • This region’s irrigation is fed by the Ogallala Aquifer
  • Tourism and mining are important economic contributors in the West.
the midwest
The Midwest
  • The region includes Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, & Missouri
  • The Great Lakes and Mississippi River link the Midwest’s major cities to each other
  • Midwest is one of the most productive farm regions in the world
  • The Corn and Dairy Belt are located through this region
  • Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest, and 3rd largest city in U.S. and most important railroad hub.
influence of immigration
Influence of Immigration
  • More than 99% of Americans are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants
    • Largest immigrant groups are of European descent- Britain, France, Germany, etc.
    • 12% of Americans trace origins back to Africa
    • 25% of Americans identify themselves as Hispanics
    • Hispanics and Asians are the most rapidly growing parts of the population
the south
The South
  • The South contains about 30% of the population, more than any other region
  • Historically, their economy was rural and agriculture, but was destroyed after Civil War
    • Many migrated north for jobs
    • Industry has developed in the South over the last 50 years and allowed many people to return back to the South
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the largest in the region.
    • Houston & surround cities make up the 2nd largest in the region, with Atlanta, Miami, and New Orleans playing important transportation and commercial centers.
the northeast
The Northeast
  • Smallest and most densely populated region of the United States
    • 1/5 of country’s population can be found here
    • Most of population is contained in an urban corridor known as Megalopolis
      • Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. & their suburbs form the Megalopolis