Southeastern United States

Southeast Region of the United States of America
Region
Southeastern United States
Dark red states are usually included in definitions of the Southeastern United States. Light red states are considered "Southeastern" with less frequency and included in other regions of the United States.
Dark red states are usually included in definitions of the Southeastern United States. Light red states are considered "Southeastern" with less frequency and included in other regions of the United States.
Area
 • Total580,835 sq mi (1,504,360 km2)
 • Land540,511 sq mi (1,399,920 km2)
 • Water40,324 sq mi (104,440 km2)  6.9%
Population
 (2018)
 • Total97,438,243
 • Density150.5/sq mi (58.1/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)/CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)/CDT (UTC-5)

The Southeastern United States is broadly, the eastern portion of the Southern United States, and the southern portion of the Eastern United States. It comprises at least a core of states on the lower Atlantic seaboard and eastern Gulf Coast. Expansively, it includes everything south of the Mason-Dixon line, the Ohio River and the 36°30' parallel, and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana.[1] There is no official U.S. government definition of the region, though various agencies and departments use different definitions.

Geography

The U.S. Geological Survey considers the Southeast region to be Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There is no official Census Bureau definition of the southeastern United States; instead, they divide a larger region including Texas and Oklahoma designated as the "South" into three subregions none of which are conventionally considered to define the southeast. The nonprofit American Association of Geographers defines the southeastern United States as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.[2] The OSBO (American small business support organization) uses the same states, but includes Arkansas and Louisiana. The state of Delaware plus the District of Columbia) are also sometimes added in some definitions of the term.

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