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 (mi. ²) Density
Iowa 3,046,355 (3rd) 56,272 (7th) 54.5 (3rd)
Kansas 2,853,118 (4th) 82,277 (2nd) 34.9 (4th)
Minnesota 5,303,925 (2nd) 87,014 (1st) 66.6 (2nd)
Missouri 5,988,927 (1st) 68,886 (6th) 87.1 (1st)
Nebraska 1,826,341 (5th) 76,872 (3rd) 23.8 (5th)
North Dakota 672,591 (7th) 68,976 (5th) 9.7 (7th)
South Dakota 814,180 (6th) 75,886 (4th) 10.7 (6th)
Largest cities in the West North Central Region
City 2010 Pop.
1 Kansas City, Missouri 459,787
2 Omaha, Nebraska 408,958
3 Minneapolis, Minnesota 382,578
4 Wichita, Kansas 382,368
5 St. Louis, Missouri 319,294
6 St. Paul, Minnesota 285,068
7 Lincoln, Nebraska 258,379
8 Des Moines, Iowa 206,688
9 Overland Park, Kansas 173,372
10 Springfield, Missouri 159,498
11 Sioux Falls, South Dakota 153,888
12 Kansas City, Kansas 145,786
13 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 128,119
14 Topeka, Kansas 127,743
15 Olathe, Kansas 125,872
16 Independence, Missouri 116,830
17 Columbia, Missouri 108,500
18 Rochester, Minnesota 106,769
19 Fargo, North Dakota 105,549
20 Davenport, Iowa 101,363
21 Lee's Summit, Missouri 91,364
22 Lawrence, Kansas 87,643
23 Duluth, Minnesota 86,265
24 Bloomington, Minnesota 82,893
25 Sioux City, Iowa 82,684
26 O'Fallon, Missouri 79,300
27 St. Joseph, Missouri 76,780
28 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 75,781
29 Plymouth, Minnesota 70,576
30 Iowa City, Iowa 70,133

Largest Metropolitan Areas  (2010)

1 Twin Cities (Minneapolis-WI) 3,279,833
2 St. Louis, MO-IL 2,812,896
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

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