East North Central States
299,170 sq mi (774,847 km²)
46,421,564 (2010 est.)
155/sq mi (60/km²)
|Largest city||Chicago (pop. 2,853,114)|
(within top 25)
The division contains five states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. It is one of two divisions used to categorize the region of the U.S. generally called the "Midwest" or "Great Lakes region"; the other such division is the West North Central States (The Great Plains States). The region closely matches the area of the Northwest Territory, excepting a portion of Minnesota.
The East North Central division is a large part of the Great Lakes region, although the latter also includes Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Canadian province of Ontario. The region is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis with an estimated 54 million people.
The Great Lakes provide access to the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes Waterway and St. Lawrence Seaway, or by the New York State Barge Canal and the Hudson River or via the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi River and the Illinois Waterway. Chicago and Detroit, two of the divisions largest cities, are among the major ports of the United States.
|State||2010 est.||Land area||Density|
|Illinois||12,830,632 (1st)||55,583 (2nd)||231.1 (2nd)|
|Indiana||6,483,802 (4th)||35,866 (5th)||181.0 (3rd)|
|Michigan||9,883,640 (3rd)||56,803 (1st)||174.8 (4th)|
|Ohio||11,536,504 (2nd)||40,948 (4th)||282.3 (1st)|
|Wisconsin||5,686,986 (5th)||54,310 (3rd)||105.0 (5th)|
|9||Fort Wayne, Indiana||253,691|
|13||Grand Rapids, Michigan||188,040|
|19||Sterling Heights, Michigan||129,699|
|23||Ann Arbor, Michigan||113,934|
|26||Green Bay, Wisconsin||104,057|
|28||South Bend, Indiana||101,168|
|9||Grand Rapids, MI||774,160|
English is, by far, the most common language spoken at home. Approximately 89.3% of all residents (38.3 million people) over the age of five spoke only English at home. Roughly 2,516,000 people (5.9% of the population) spoke Spanish at home, and roughly 2,016,000 people (5.8% of the population) spoke another languages at home. Slight around 270,000 (0.6%) spoke German at home, although this figure ranges from 2% to 37% in Northeast Ohio, which is also home to a large Amish community.