West North Central States
507,913 sq mi (1,315,488 km²)
20,505,437 (2010 est.)
40/sq mi (15/km²)
|Largest city||Kansas City (pop. 463,202)|
(within top 25)
|Twin Cities, MN
St. Louis, MO
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.
|State||2010 est.||Land area|
|1||Kansas City, Missouri||467,007|
|5||St. Louis, Missouri||318,416|
|6||St. Paul, Minnesota||294,873|
|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|
|6||Des Moines, Iowa||580,255|
|8||Quad Cities IA-IL (Davenport)||382,630|
Politics of the West North Central States
- Bold denotes election winner.
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (August 2009)|