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The Central United States
Central United States
is sometimes conceived as between the Eastern United States
Eastern United States
and Western United States
Western United States
as part of a three-region model, roughly coincident with the U.S. Census' definition of the Midwestern United States
Midwestern United States
plus the western and central portions of the U.S. Census' definition of the Southern United States. The Central States are typically considered to consist of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Sometimes Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama
Alabama
are also considered to be Central States. 4 of 9 Census Bureau Divisions have names containing "Central", though they are not grouped as a region. They include 20 states and 39.45% of the US population as of July 1, 2007.[1] Almost all of the area is in the Gulf of Mexicodrainage basin, and most of that is in the Mississippi
Mississippi
Basin. Small areas near the Great Lakesdrain into the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
and eventually the St. Lawrence River; the Red River Basinis centered on the North Dakota-Minnesotaborder and drains to Hudson Bay. The Central Time Zoneis the same area plus the Florida Panhandle, minus Ohio, most of Michigan, most of Indiana, westernmost fringes of Great Plainsstates, eastern and northern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, and El Paso, Texas. Floods have been a problem for the region during the 20th and early-21st century[2]

Census Bureau Divisions with Central in name.

Map of U.S. time zones between April 2, 2006, and March 11, 2007. The current situation is different only in that Pulaski County, Indiana, is now in the Eastern Time Zone
Eastern Time Zone
and no longer in the Central Time Zone.

Continental divides in North America.

Central regions defined by organizations[edit] Organizations that need to subdivide the US are free to define a "Central" region to fit their needs.

YPO Only 6 central states of the Midwest,[a] plus KY CERI All of Midwest and South[a] including MD, DE NOAA Midwest[a] minus OH, plus KY, CO, WY HSUS Midwest[a] minus ND, SD, KS, plus KY USGS West North Central States, South Central United States, 4 eastern Mountain States Adventure Camp Midwest plus South[a] minus Atlantic states, AL, WV Geography of the Interior United States National League Central Division, members in PA, OH, WI, IL, MO; TX through 2012 American League Central Division, members in OH, MI, IL, MN, MO National Basketball Association Central Division, members in OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, former members from NC, FL, GA, LA, and Ontario (Canada) National Hockey League Central Division, members in CO, MN, TN, TX, IL, MO and Manitoba (Canada), former members in MI, AZ, OH and Ontario (Canada) Former National Football Conference Central Division, members in FL, MI, IL, WI, MN Former American Football Conference Central Division, members in MD, PA, FL, OH, TN, former member from TX

Notes[edit]

^ a b c d e See Census definition

References[edit]

^ Detailed Tables - American FactFinder ^ Iman Mallakpour & Gabriele Villarini (29 September 2014). "The changing nature of flooding across the central United States". Nature Climate Change. Nature. 5: 250–254. doi:10.1038/nclimate2516. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 

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