Pacific States

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States in the U.S. Census Bureau's Pacific division

The Pacific States form one of the nine geographic divisions within the United States that are officially recognized by that country's census bureau.[1] There are five states in this division – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington – and, as its name suggests, they all have coastlines on the Pacific Ocean (and are the only American states that border that ocean). The Pacific States division is one of two divisions that are located within the United States Census Bureau's Western region; the other Western division is the Mountain States.

Despite being slotted into the same region by the Census Bureau, the Pacific and Mountain divisions are vastly different from one another in many vital respects, most notably in the arena of politics; while nearly all of the Mountain states are regarded as being conservative "red states", four out of five of the Pacific states (all except Alaska) are clearly counted among the liberal "blue states."

The Pacific States in Presidential elections[edit]

Presidential electoral votes in the Pacific States since 1952
YearAlaskaCaliforniaHawaiiOregonWashington
1952No electionEisenhowerNo electionEisenhowerEisenhower
1956No electionEisenhowerNo electionEisenhowerEisenhower
1960NixonNixonKennedyNixonNixon
1964JohnsonJohnsonJohnsonJohnsonJohnson
1968NixonNixonHumphreyNixonHumphrey
1972NixonNixonNixonNixonNixon
1976FordFordCarterFordFord
1980ReaganReaganCarterReaganReagan
1984ReaganReaganReaganReaganReagan
1988BushBushDukakisDukakisDukakis
1992BushClintonClintonClintonClinton
1996DoleClintonClintonClintonClinton
2000BushGoreGoreGoreGore
2004BushKerryKerryKerryKerry
2008McCainObamaObamaObamaObama
2012RomneyObamaObamaObamaObama

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geographic Terms and Concepts - Census Divisions and Census Regions". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 29, 2012.