East South Central States

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The East South Central States constitute one of the nine Census Bureau Divisions of the United States.

Four states make up the division: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The division is one of three that together make up the larger Census Bureau Region known as the South (the other two of which are the South Atlantic States and the West South Central States).

The East South Central States form the core of Old Dixie,[citation needed] one of the nine moral regions identified by James Patterson and Peter Kim in their acclaimed 1991 geopolitical best-seller, The Day America Told The Truth.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2000, the East South Central States had a combined population of 17,022,810. This number was estimated to increase 3.48% to 17,615,260 by 2005. The East South Central region covers 178,596 square miles (462,560 km2) of land, and has an average population density of 95.31 people per square mile.

States in the East South Central Region
State 2010 Census Land Area Density
Alabama 4,779,736 (2nd) 50,744 (1st) 87.64 (3rd)
Kentucky 4,339,367 (3rd) 39,728 (4th) 101.74 (2nd)
Mississippi 2,967,297 (4th) 46,907 (2nd) 60.64 (4th)
Tennessee 6,346,105 (1st) 41,217 (3rd) 138.03 (1st)
Largest Cities in the East South Central Region
City 2010 Pop.
1 Louisville, Kentucky 741,096
2 Memphis, Tennessee 646,889
3 Nashville, Tennessee 635,710
4 Lexington, Kentucky 295,803
5 Birmingham, Alabama 242,820
6 Montgomery, Alabama 201,568
7 Mobile, Alabama 198,915
8 Jackson, Mississippi 184,256
9 Knoxville, Tennessee 173,890
10 Huntsville, Alabama 158,216
11 Chattanooga, Tennessee 155,554
12 Clarksville, Tennessee 103,455
13 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 77,906
14 Gulfport, Mississippi 71,127
15 Murfreesboro, Tennessee 68,816
16 Hoover, Alabama 62,742
17 Jackson, Tennessee 59,643
18 Dothan, Alabama 57,737
19 Johnson City, Tennessee 55,469
20 Owensboro, Kentucky 54,067
21 Decatur, Alabama 53,929
22 Biloxi, Mississippi 50,644
23 Bowling Green, Kentucky 49,296
24 Kingsport, Tennessee 44,905
25 Hattiesburg, Mississippi 44,779
26 Auburn, Alabama 42,987
27 Franklin, Tennessee 41,842
28 Greenville, Mississippi 41,633
29 Covington, Kentucky 40,640

Coordinates: 36°00′N 88°00′W / 36.0°N 88.0°W / 36.0; -88.0