Northwestern United States

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The dark red states are almost always included, while the striped states are usually considered part of the Northwestern United States as well.
Seattle, the largest metropolitan area in the Northwest
Portland, the second largest metropolitan area in the Northwest

The Northwestern United States is an informal geographic region of the United States. The region consistently includes the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho—and usually Montana and Wyoming. Some sources include southeast Alaska in the Northwest. The related but distinct term "Pacific Northwest" generally excludes areas from the Rockies eastward.

The Northwestern United States is a subportion of the Western U.S. region (which is, itself, even more ambiguous). In contrast, states included in the neighboring regions Southwestern U.S. and Great Plains are not simultaneously considered part of both regions.

Like the southwestern United States, the Northwest definition has moved westward over time. The 19th century Northwest (usually termed the "Old Northwest") comprised the Northwest Territory and gradually migrated across the Midwest to its current definition. The current area includes the old Oregon Territory (created in 1848–Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and areas in Montana west of the Continental Divide).[1] The region is similar to Federal Region X, which comprises Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.

It is home to over 13 million citizens.[dubious ] Some of the fastest growing cities in this region and in the nation include Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Vancouver, Kennewick, Pasco, Yakima, and Boise.

Population[edit]

Together, these states have a combined population of 13,654,456. The largest cities and metropolitan areas in the Northwest are:

RankCityStatePopulationMetro Population
1SeattleWashington608,6603,439,809
2PortlandOregon583,7762,226,009
3AnchorageAlaska291,826380,821
4BoiseIdaho212,303653,789
5SpokaneWashington210,103609,000
6TacomaWashington198,3973,439,809
7VancouverWashington161,7912,226,009
8EugeneOregon156,185351,715
9SalemOregon154,637390,738
10BellevueWashington122,3633,439,809

The Northwestern States in Presidential elections[edit]

Presidential electoral votes in the Northwestern States since 1952
YearIdahoMontanaOregonWashingtonWyoming
1952EisenhowerEisenhowerEisenhowerEisenhowerEisenhower
1956EisenhowerEisenhowerEisenhowerEisenhowerEisenhower
1960NixonNixonNixonNixonNixon
1964JohnsonJohnsonJohnsonJohnsonJohnson
1968NixonNixonNixonHumphreyNixon
1972NixonNixonNixonNixonNixon
1976FordFordFordFordFord
1980ReaganReaganReaganReaganReagan
1984ReaganReaganReaganReaganReagan
1988BushBushDukakisDukakisBush
1992BushClintonClintonClintonBush
1996DoleDoleClintonClintonDole
2000BushBushGoreGoreBush
2004BushBushKerryKerryBush
2008McCainMcCainObamaObamaMcCain
2012RomneyRomneyObamaObamaRomney

References[edit]

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster (1997). Merriam-Webster's geographical dictionary. Merriam-Webster. p. 876. ISBN 978-0-87779-546-9. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 

Coordinates: 46°N 117°W / 46°N 117°W / 46; -117