West South Central States

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The West South Central States form one of the nine Census Bureau Divisions of the United States that are officially designated by the United States Census Bureau.

Four states compose the division: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. The division is one of the three that together make up the broader Census Bureau Region known as the South (the other two being the South Atlantic States and the East South Central States).[1]

The unofficial term South Central States refers to approximately the same area.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2000, the West South Central States had a combined population of 31,444,850. This number was estimated to increase 7.21% to 33,710,634 by 2005. The West South Central region covers 426,094 square miles (1,103,580 km2) of land, and has an average population density of 73.80 people per square mile.

States in the West South Central Region
State 2005 Est. Land Area Density
Arkansas 2,779,154 (4th) 52,068 (3rd) 51.34 (3rd)
Louisiana 4,523,628 (2nd) 43,562 (4th) 102.59 (1st)
Oklahoma 3,547,884 (3rd) 68,667 (2nd) 50.25 (4th)
Texas 22,859,968 (1st) 261,797 (1st) 79.65 (2nd)
Largest Cities in the West South Central Region
City 2000 Pop.
1 Houston, Texas 2,144,491
2 San Antonio, Texas 1,296,682
3 Dallas, Texas 1,232,940
4 Austin, Texas 715,893
5 Fort Worth, Texas 653,320
6 El Paso, Texas 609,415
7 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 537,734
8 New Orleans, Louisiana 484,674
9 Tulsa, Oklahoma 393,050
10 Arlington, Texas 332,969
11 Corpus Christi, Texas 277,454
12 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 227,818
13 Plano, Texas 222,030
14 Garland, Texas 215,768
15 Shreveport, Louisiana 200,145
16 Lubbock, Texas 199,564
17 Irving, Texas 191,615
18 Little Rock, Arkansas 183,000
19 Laredo, Texas 176,576
20 Amarillo, Texas 173,627
21 Pasadena, Texas 141,674
22 Brownsville, Texas 139,722
23 Grand Prairie, Texas 127,427
24 Mesquite, Texas 124,523
25 Abilene, Texas 115,930
26 Beaumont, Texas 113,866
27 Waco, Texas 113,726
28 Lafayette, Louisiana 110,257
29 Carrollton, Texas 109,576
30 McAllen, Texas 109,576

Politics in the West South Central States[edit]

Parties
Democratic-Republican Democratic Whig Republican Dixiecrat American Independent
  • Bold denotes election winner.
Presidential electoral votes in the West South Central States since 1812
Year Arkansas Louisiana Oklahoma Texas
1812 No election Madison No election No election
1816 No election Monroe No election No election
1820 No election Monroe No election No election
1824 No election Jackson No election No election
1828 No election Jackson No election No election
1832 No election Jackson No election No election
1836 Van Buren Van Buren No election No election
1840 Van Buren Harrison No election No election
1844 Polk Polk No election No election
1848 Cass Taylor No election Cass
1852 Pierce Pierce No election Pierce
1856 Buchanan Buchanan No election Buchanan
1860 Breckinridge Breckinridge No election Breckinridge
1864 No election Lincoln No election No election
1868 Grant Seymour No election No election
1872 Grant Grant No election Hendricks
1876 Tilden Hayes No election Tilden
1880 Hancock Hancock No election Hancock
1884 Cleveland Cleveland No election Cleveland
1888 Cleveland Cleveland No election Cleveland
1892 Cleveland Cleveland No election Cleveland
1896 Bryan Bryan No election Bryan
1900 Bryan Bryan No election Bryan
1904 Parker Parker No election Parker
1908 Bryan Bryan Bryan Bryan
1912 Wilson Wilson Wilson Wilson
1916 Wilson Wilson Wilson Wilson
1920 Cox Cox Harding Cox
1924 Davis Davis Davis Davis
1928 Smith Smith Hoover Hoover
1932 Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt
1936 Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt
1940 Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt
1944 Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt Roosevelt
1948 Truman Thurmond Truman Truman
1952 Stevenson Stevenson Eisenhower Eisenhower
1956 Stevenson Eisenhower Eisenhower Eisenhower
1960 Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy
1964 Johnson Goldwater Johnson Johnson
1968 Wallace Wallace Nixon Humphrey
1972 Nixon Nixon Nixon Nixon
1976 Carter Carter Ford Carter
1980 Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan
1984 Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan
1988 Bush Bush Bush Bush
1992 Clinton Clinton Bush Bush
1996 Clinton Clinton Dole Dole
2000 Bush Bush Bush Bush
2004 Bush Bush Bush Bush
2008 McCain McCain McCain McCain
2012 Romney Romney Romney Romney

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Coordinates: 33°N 94°W / 33°N 94°W / 33; -94