Presentation on theme: "Subregions of the United States"— Presentation transcript:
1Subregions of the United States The Northeast covers only 5% of the nation’s land areas, but about 20% of the population.New England is made up of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, & Connecticut.
2Pennsylvania, New York, & New Jersey are sometimes referred to as Middle Atlantic States
3The Northeast contains many of the areas 1st settled by Europeans. This region served as the “gateway” to America for millions of immigrants.
4The region’s coastal & inland waters turned it into the heartland of trade & industry for the nation.Northeast is one of the most heavily industrialized & urbanized areas in the world.
5Philadelphia, New York City, & Boston serve as international trade centers.
6Growth of the Megalopolis Megalopolis-a region in which several large cities & surrounding areas grow together.“BosWash” megalopolis-stretches through 500 miles of highly urbanized areas from Boston in the north to Washington, D.C. in the south.It contains 1/6 of the U.S. population.
12Midwest’s central location & excellent waterways make it a trade, transportation, & distribution center.Like other regions, the Midwest is changing.Number of farms are declining & more Midwesteners are now employed in providing services than in traditional industries.
13Regions metropolitan areas are expanding. People and business are leaving the central cities for the suburbs.
14The SouthSubregion that covers about ¼ of the land area of the U.S. and contains more than 1/3 of its population.Made up of 16 states, 11 of which made up the Confederacy during the Civil War.
16Old South-site of early European settlement. South has a mix of cultures that reflects the diversity of early settlers.New South-agriculture was the South’s 1st economic activity & cotton, tobacco, fruits, peanuts, & rice are still grown there.
17South’s humid subtropical climate at first hindered industrialization. Widespread use of air conditioning in the beginning of the 1950s & the region’s vast stores of energy resources—oil, coal, natural gas, & water– gave a boost to industry.
18The West Subregion consisting of 13 states. Stretches from the Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean & includes Alaska to the North & Hawaii in the Pacific.Covers about ½ of the land area of the U.S. but only has about 1/5 of the population.
20People settle in the West today as they did in the frontier days: wherever landforms & climate are favorable.California is the country’s most populous state because of its excellent farmland, good harbors, & mild climate.
21The West’s growth in the 20th century was helped by air conditioning & irrigation. Economic activities are varied & include: farming, ranching, food processing, logging, fishing, mining, oil refining, tourism, & film production.