US Census Bureau Regional Organization

US Census Bureau, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

US Census Bureau, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Regional Organization

Dividing the United States into regions is evidently an elusive task. Just Google the term, “regions of the United States” and you’ll find several different approaches based on culture, geography, or race.

The Census Bureau takes a simplistic approach by skewing points of the compass into four main regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West regions.

In order to compare economic data, the Bureau of Economic Analysis uses New England, Mideast, Southeast, Great Lakes, Plains, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and Far West.

The 10 “Standard Federal Regions” delineated by the Office of Management and Budget are used by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Observation of the earth’s rotation (15º every 60 minutes/360º in 24 hours) divided the planet into 24 sections, resulting in the Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, and Hawaii-Aleutian time zones of the continental United States.

I could go on but submit there are many ways to split a hair depending upon one’s intended use of the resulting quotient.

Choosing to structure this blog by the nine divisions of the four statistical regions utilized by the United States Census Bureau yielded a visually pleasing outline, IMHO. 😀

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