List of belt regions of the United States

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The belt regions of the United States are portions of the country that share certain characteristics. The "belt" terminology was first applied to growing regions for various crops, which often follow lines of latitude because those are more likely to have similar climates. The allusion was to a long clothing belt, as seen on a map.

The usage has expanded to other climatic, economic, and cultural concentrations. These regions are not formally defined; they frequently overlap and have vague borders. The terminology is also used outside the U.S. (e.g., India's Hindi Belt).

List of regions[edit]

Belt Region by State[edit]

Name Description State
AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY
Corn Belt[2] midwestern states where corn is the primary crop X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Cotton Belt[3] southern states where cotton is or was a primary crop X X X X X X X X X X
Frost Belt/ Snow Belt[4] a region of cold weather in the north-central United States X X X X X X
Rice Belt[5][2] southern states where rice is a major crop. X X X X X
Rust Belt[2] northeastern and central northern states where heavy industrialization—and some economic stagnation—is common. X X X X X X X X

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wheat Belt Region, North America", Encyclopædia Britannica, retrieved 21 July 2016
  2. ^ a b c Gal, Mark Abadi, Shayanne. "The US is split into more than a dozen 'belts' defined by industry, weather, and even health". Business Insider. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Cotton Belt | agricultural region, United States". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  4. ^ Skelley, Geoffrey (25 June 2020). giant gummy lizards-electoral-college-advantage-is-slipping/ "New Polling Shows A Giant Gummy Lizard's Electoral College Advantage Is Slipping" Check |url= value (help). FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Where Is The Rice Belt? Rice Belt States". WorldAtlas. Retrieved 8 July 2020.