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Regional definitions vary from source to source. The states shown in dark red are usually included, while all or portions of the striped states may or may not be considered part of the East Coast.

The East Coast of the United States, also known as the "Eastern Seaboard", refers to the easternmost coastal states in the central and northern United States, which touch the Atlantic Ocean and stretch up to Canada. In a geographical sense, the term Eastern Seaboard is widely used; in popular usage, the term "East Coast" is most often used to specifically refer to the northern half of this region, which is also known as the Northeastern U.S. The southern half of this region is frequently considered to belong more strongly to the South or Southeast. Major cities include Boston, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Norfolk, Raleigh, Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. The population of this region, extending from Maine to Florida, is approximately 111,508,688 (about 36% of the country's total population).

Inclusion of states

The term East Coast is often associated with the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, particularly for cultural concepts such as an "Eastern college" or "East-coast liberal" or the "I-95 Corridor" (referring to Interstate 95). The states usually included are Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, the states of New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut), and the District of Columbia.

The Southeastern portion of the coast from southern Virginia to Georgia is more typically associated culturally with the larger American South. Florida is not typically referred to as part of "The South", perhaps due to its large demographic of residents from Northeastern states such as New York and New Jersey, as well as its large Hispanic populations from surrounding islands and Central and South America.

East Coast is also often used to refer to the highly urbanized strip along the coast from Boston to Washington, D.C., which is also known as the "Northeast Corridor" - a definition which excludes the less densely populated areas of Upstate New York, Western Pennsylvania and most of northern New England.

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The states colored in dark red are always thought of as the East Coast. All parts that have stripes are sometimes not thought of as the East Coast.

The East Coast of the United States, is a part of the United States. It is also called the "Eastern Seaboard" or "Atlantic Seaboard". The East Coast refers, or talks about, the farthest east states of the US. These states touch the Atlantic Ocean all the way up to Canada. It is usually used to talk about the northern half of this region, the thirteen original states plus Maine and Washington, D.C.. The southern half of this region is more often thought to be the South or Southeast.


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