19 Facts About American Midwest


Midwestern United States, referred to as the Midwest or the American Midwest, is one of four census regions of the United States Census Bureau .

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The American Midwest is divided by the Census Bureau into two divisions.

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Some entities in the American Midwest have "Northwest" in their names for historical reasons, such as Northwestern University in Illinois.

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One of the earliest late-19th-century uses of American Midwest was in reference to Kansas and Nebraska to indicate that they were the civilized areas of the west.

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Traditional definitions of the American Midwest include the Northwest Ordinance Old Northwest states and many states that were part of the Louisiana Purchase.

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Much of the coniferous forests of the Upper American Midwest were clear-cut in the late 19th century, and mixed hardwood forests have become a major component of the new woodlands since then.

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American Midwest settlement began either via routes over the Appalachian Mountains or through the waterways of the Great Lakes.

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The commodities that the American Midwest funneled into the Erie Canal down the Ohio River contributed to the wealth of New York City, which overtook Boston and Philadelphia.

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Northwest Ordinance region, comprising the heart of the American Midwest, was the first large region of the United States that prohibited slavery .

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New Republican Party, born in the American Midwest and created in opposition to the Act, aimed to stop the expansion of slavery, and soon emerged as the dominant force throughout the North.

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The American Midwest was no exception, dotted with small farms all across the region.

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Agriculture is one of the biggest drivers of local economies in the American Midwest, accounting for billions of dollars worth of exports and thousands of jobs.

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Also very common in the antebellum American Midwest was farming corn while raising hogs, complementing each other especially since it was difficult to get grain to market before the canals and railroads.

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Chicago is the largest economic and financial center of the American Midwest, and has the third largest gross metropolitan product in North America—approximately $689 billion, after the regions of New York City and Los Angeles.

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The Kentucky Speedway is just outside the officially defined American Midwest, but is linked with the region because the track is located in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.

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Notable professional golf tournaments in the American Midwest include the Memorial Tournament, BMW Championship and John Deere Classic.

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American Midwest'storically, Missouri was a slave state before the American Civil War .

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Kentucky is not considered part of the American Midwest; it is a northern region of the South, although certain northern parts of the state could have possibly been grouped with the American Midwest in a geographical context, even though it is geographically in the Southeast overall.

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American Midwest has been an important region in national elections, with highly contested elections in closely divided states often deciding the national result.

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