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Geography of the Midwest Region
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     challenging words:    Mixed-grass, shortgrass, subregions, tallgrass, droughts, molded, therefore, irrigation, canyons, erosion, wells, entire, unique, locks, freshwater, landscape
     content words:    Midwest Region, United States, United States Census Bureau, East North Central Region, West North Central Region, North Central Region, Great Lakes, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan


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Geography of the Midwest Region
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     Is the Midwest Region in the middle of the United States? Or is it in the center of the western United States? Actually, the Midwest is not in the middle of our country. It is in the northeast/north-central part of the U.S.
 
2     Long before our country had fifty states, we were very small. If you lived in the thirteen colonies, Illinois would be a west coast state. In fact, it was labeled as part of the northwest. So, throughout history, this region was known as the Midwest.
 
3     The United States Census Bureau still uses Midwest as the title for this region. However, it has been divided into two subregions. They are the East North Central Region and the West North Central Region.
 
4     The East North Central Region has five states. They are Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. All of these states touch at least one of the Great Lakes. Four out of the five lakes are in this region. They are Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior. Lake Michigan separates Michigan into two parts. The smaller section of the state is north of Lake Michigan. This region is also called the Great Lakes States.
 
5     In the West North Central Region, there are seven states. Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri border three of the East North Central states. The remaining states are North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. Only one state, Minnesota, borders a Great Lake. It is also the largest state in the Midwest. These seven states are called the Great Plains States. Most of the Great Plains lies in four of these states.

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