West North Central States

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West North Central Region
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Regional statistics
Composition  Iowa
 Kansas
 Minnesota
 Missouri
 Nebraska
 North Dakota
 South Dakota
Area
 - Total

507,913 sq mi (1,315,488 km²)
Population
- Total

- Density

20,505,437 (2010 est.)

40/sq mi (15/km²)
Largest city Kansas City (pop. 463,202)
Metropolitan Areas
(within top 25)
Twin Cities, MN
St. Louis, MO

The West North Central States form one of the nine geographic divisions within the United States that are officially recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Seven states compose the division: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, and it makes up the western half of the United States Census Bureau's larger region of the Midwest, the eastern half of which consists of the East North Central States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Mississippi River marks the bulk of the boundary between these two divisions.

Where the East North Central States are seen as being synonymous (though not absolutely coterminous) with the Rust Belt by the vast majority of Americans, the West North Central States are regarded as constituting the core of the nation's "Farm Belt." Another name popularly applied to the division is the "Agricultural Heartland," or simply the "Heartland."

Since the early 1990s, the West North Central division has consistently had the lowest unemployment rate in the United States (especially in its many college towns), and has also been noted for its plentiful supply of affordable housing.

As of 2010, the West North Central States had a combined population of 20,505,437. This number is a 6.6% increase from 19,237,739 in 2000. The West North Central region covers 507,913 square miles (1,315,489 km2) of land, and has an average population density of 40.37 people per square mile.

States in the West North Central Region
State 2010 est. Land area
Iowa 3,090,416 56,272
Kansas 2,893,957 82,277
Minnesota 5,420,380 86,939
Missouri 6,044,171 69,709
Nebraska 1,868,516 77,354
North Dakota 723,393 70,700
South Dakota 844,877 77,116
Top Ten Largest Cities by Population in the West North Central Region
City 2010 Pop.
1 Kansas City, Missouri 467,007
2 Omaha, Nebraska 434,353
3 Minneapolis, Minnesota 400,070
4 Wichita, Kansas 386,552
5 St. Louis, Missouri 318,416
6 St. Paul, Minnesota 294,873
7 Lincoln, Nebraska 268,738
8 Des Moines, Iowa 207,510
9 Overland Park, Kansas 181,260
10 Sioux Falls, South Dakota 164,676

Largest Metropolitan Areas  (2010)

1 Twin Cities (Minneapolis-WI) 3,459,146
2 St. Louis, MO-IL 2,810,056
3 Kansas City, Missouri-KS 2,035,334
4 Omaha, Nebraska-IA 865,350
5 Wichita, Kansas 623,061
6 Des Moines, Iowa 580,255
7 Springfield, Missouri 436,712
8 Quad Cities IA-IL (Davenport) 382,630
9 Lincoln, Nebraska

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302,157
10 Duluth, MN-WI 279,771

Politics of the West North Central States[edit]

Parties
Democratic-Republican Democratic Republican Liberal Republican Populist Progressive
  • Bold denotes election winner.
Presidential electoral votes in the West North Central States since 1824
Year Iowa Kansas Minnesota Missouri Nebraska North Dakota South Dakota
1824 No election No election No election Clay No election No election No election
1828 No election No election No election Jackson No election No election No election
1832 No election No election No election Jackson No election No election No election
1836 No election No election No election Van Buren No election No election No election
1840 No election No election No election Van Buren No election No election No election
1844 No election No election No election Polk No election No election No election
1848 Cass No election No election Cass No election No election No election
1852 Pierce No election No election Pierce No election No election No election
1856 Frémont No election No election Buchanan No election No election No election
1860 Lincoln No election Lincoln Douglas No election No election No election
1864 Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln No election No election No election
1868 Grant Grant Grant Grant Grant No election No election
1872 Grant Grant Grant Brown Grant No election No election
1876 Hayes Hayes Hayes Tilden Hayes No election No election
1880 Garfield Garfield Garfield Hancock Garfield No election No election
1884 Blaine Blaine Blaine Cleveland Blaine No election No election
1888 Harrison Harrison Harrison Cleveland Harrison No election No election
1892 Harrison Weaver Harrison Cleveland Harrison Weaver Harrison
1896 McKinley Bryan McKinley Bryan Bryan McKinley Bryan
1900 McKinley McKinley McKinley Bryan McKinley McKinley McKinley
1904 Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt
1908 Taft Taft Taft Taft Bryan Taft Taft
1912 Wilson Wilson Roosevelt Wilson Wilson Wilson Roosevelt
1916 Hughes Wilson Hughes Wilson Wilson Wilson Hughes
1920 Harding Harding Harding Harding Harding Harding Harding
1924 Coolidge Coolidge Coolidge Coolidge Coolidge Coolidge Coolidge
1928 Hoover Hoover Hoover Hoover Hoover Hoover Hoover
1932 Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt
1936 Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt
1940 Willkie Willkie Roosevelt Roosevelt Willkie Willkie Willkie
1944 Dewey Dewey Roosevelt Roosevelt Dewey Dewey Dewey
1948 Truman Dewey Truman Truman Dewey Dewey Dewey
1952 Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower
1956 Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower Stevenson Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower
1960 Nixon Nixon Kennedy Kennedy Nixon Nixon Nixon
1964 Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson
1968 Nixon Nixon Humphrey Nixon Nixon Nixon Nixon
1972 Nixon Nixon Nixon Nixon Nixon Nixon Nixon
1976 Ford Ford Carter Carter Ford Ford Ford
1980 Reagan Reagan Carter Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan
1984 Reagan Reagan Mondale Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan
1988 Dukakis Bush Dukakis Bush Bush Bush Bush
1992 Clinton Bush Clinton Clinton Bush Bush Bush
1996 Clinton Dole Clinton Clinton Dole Dole Dole
2000 Gore Bush Gore Bush Bush Bush Bush
2004 Bush Bush Kerry Bush Bush Bush Bush
2008 Obama McCain Obama McCain McCain McCain McCain
2012 Obama Romney Obama Romney Romney Romney Romney

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