Southeastern United States

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Southeastern United States_table_infobox_0

Southeast Region of the United States of AmericaSoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_0_0
AreaSoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_1_0
TotalSoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_2_0 580,835 sq mi (1,504,360 km)Southeastern United States_cell_0_2_1
LandSoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_3_0 540,511 sq mi (1,399,920 km)Southeastern United States_cell_0_3_1
WaterSoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_4_0 40,324 sq mi (104,440 km)  6.9%Southeastern United States_cell_0_4_1
Population (2018)Southeastern United States_header_cell_0_5_0
TotalSoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_6_0 97,438,243Southeastern United States_cell_0_6_1
DensitySoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_7_0 150.5/sq mi (58.1/km)Southeastern United States_cell_0_7_1
Time zoneSoutheastern United States_header_cell_0_8_0 EST (UTC-5)/CST (UTC-6);

AST (UTC-4) in PR and VISoutheastern United States_cell_0_8_1

Summer (DST)Southeastern United States_header_cell_0_9_0 EDT (UTC-4)/CDT (UTC-5);
No DST in PR and VISoutheastern United States_cell_0_9_1

The Southeastern United States, also referred to as the American Southeast or simply the Southeast and sometimes simply the South, is, broadly, the eastern portion of the Southern United States and the southern portion of the Eastern United States. Southeastern United States_sentence_0

It comprises at least a core of states on the lower East Coast of the United States and eastern Gulf Coast. Southeastern United States_sentence_1

Expansively, it includes everything south of the Mason–Dixon line, the Ohio River, and the 36°30' parallel, and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana. Southeastern United States_sentence_2

There is no official U.S. government definition of the region, through various agencies and departments use different definitions. Southeastern United States_sentence_3

Geography Southeastern United States_section_0

The US Geological Survey considers the Southeast region to be Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Southeastern United States_sentence_4 The Virgin Islands. Southeastern United States_sentence_5

There is no official Census Bureau definition of the southeastern United States; instead, they divide a larger region including Texas and Oklahoma designated as the "South" into three subregions none of which are conventionally considered to define the southeast. Southeastern United States_sentence_6

The nonprofit American Association of Geographers defines the southeastern United States as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Southeastern United States_sentence_7

The OSBO (American small business support organization) uses the same states, but includes Arkansas and Louisiana. Southeastern United States_sentence_8

The state of Delaware plus the District of Columbia is also sometimes added in some definitions of the term. Southeastern United States_sentence_9

History Southeastern United States_section_1

Demographics Southeastern United States_section_2

Most populous states Southeastern United States_section_3

The most populous states in the region are Florida (20,612,439), followed by Georgia (10,310,371) and North Carolina (10,146,788). Southeastern United States_sentence_10

Southeastern United States_table_general_1

StateSoutheastern United States_header_cell_1_0_0 2017 estimateSoutheastern United States_header_cell_1_0_1 2010 censusSoutheastern United States_header_cell_1_0_2 ChangeSoutheastern United States_header_cell_1_0_3 Land areaSoutheastern United States_header_cell_1_0_4 DensitySoutheastern United States_header_cell_1_0_5
AlabamaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_1_0 4,874,747Southeastern United States_cell_1_1_1 4,779,736Southeastern United States_cell_1_1_2 +1.99%Southeastern United States_cell_1_1_3 50,645 sq mi (131,171 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_1_4 96.3/sq mi (37.2/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_1_5
ArkansasSoutheastern United States_cell_1_2_0 3,004,279Southeastern United States_cell_1_2_1 2,915,918Southeastern United States_cell_1_2_2 +3.03%Southeastern United States_cell_1_2_3 52,035 sq mi (134,771 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_2_4 57.7/sq mi (22.3/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_2_5
FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_3_0 20,984,400Southeastern United States_cell_1_3_1 18,801,310Southeastern United States_cell_1_3_2 +11.61%Southeastern United States_cell_1_3_3 53,625 sq mi (138,887 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_3_4 391.3/sq mi (151.1/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_3_5
GeorgiaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_4_0 10,429,379Southeastern United States_cell_1_4_1 9,687,653Southeastern United States_cell_1_4_2 +7.66%Southeastern United States_cell_1_4_3 57,513 sq mi (148,959 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_4_4 181.3/sq mi (70.0/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_4_5
KentuckySoutheastern United States_cell_1_5_0 4,454,189Southeastern United States_cell_1_5_1 4,339,367Southeastern United States_cell_1_5_2 +2.65%Southeastern United States_cell_1_5_3 39,486 sq mi (102,269 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_5_4 112.8/sq mi (43.6/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_5_5
LouisianaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_6_0 4,684,333Southeastern United States_cell_1_6_1 4,533,372Southeastern United States_cell_1_6_2 +3.33%Southeastern United States_cell_1_6_3 43,204 sq mi (111,898 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_6_4 108.4/sq mi (41.9/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_6_5
MississippiSoutheastern United States_cell_1_7_0 2,984,100Southeastern United States_cell_1_7_1 2,967,297Southeastern United States_cell_1_7_2 +0.57%Southeastern United States_cell_1_7_3 46,923 sq mi (121,531 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_7_4 63.6/sq mi (24.6/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_7_5
North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_8_0 10,273,419Southeastern United States_cell_1_8_1 9,535,483Southeastern United States_cell_1_8_2 +7.74%Southeastern United States_cell_1_8_3 48,618 sq mi (125,920 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_8_4 211.3/sq mi (81.6/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_8_5
South CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_9_0 5,024,369Southeastern United States_cell_1_9_1 4,625,364Southeastern United States_cell_1_9_2 +8.63%Southeastern United States_cell_1_9_3 30,061 sq mi (77,857 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_9_4 167.1/sq mi (64.5/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_9_5
TennesseeSoutheastern United States_cell_1_10_0 6,715,984Southeastern United States_cell_1_10_1 6,346,105Southeastern United States_cell_1_10_2 +5.83%Southeastern United States_cell_1_10_3 41,235 sq mi (106,798 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_10_4 162.9/sq mi (62.9/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_10_5
VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_11_0 8,470,020Southeastern United States_cell_1_11_1 8,001,024Southeastern United States_cell_1_11_2 +5.86%Southeastern United States_cell_1_11_3 39,490 sq mi (102,279 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_11_4 214.5/sq mi (82.8/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_11_5
West VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_1_12_0 1,815,857Southeastern United States_cell_1_12_1 1,852,994Southeastern United States_cell_1_12_2 −2.00%Southeastern United States_cell_1_12_3 24,038 sq mi (62,259 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_12_4 75.5/sq mi (29.2/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_12_5
TotalSoutheastern United States_cell_1_13_0 83,715,076Southeastern United States_cell_1_13_1 78,385,623Southeastern United States_cell_1_13_2 +6.80%Southeastern United States_cell_1_13_3 526,874 sq mi (1,364,597 km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_13_4 158.9/sq mi (61.3/km)Southeastern United States_cell_1_13_5

U.S. territories Southeastern United States_section_4

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Southeastern United States_sentence_11 Virgin Islands are located southeast of Florida, and are considered to be in the South / Southeastern U.S. by the FAA, Agricultural Research Service, and the U.S. Southeastern United States_sentence_12 National Park Service. Southeastern United States_sentence_13

Southeastern United States_table_general_2

TerritorySoutheastern United States_header_cell_2_0_0 2019 estimateSoutheastern United States_header_cell_2_0_1 2010 censusSoutheastern United States_header_cell_2_0_2 ChangeSoutheastern United States_header_cell_2_0_3 Land areaSoutheastern United States_header_cell_2_0_4 DensitySoutheastern United States_header_cell_2_0_5
Puerto RicoSoutheastern United States_cell_2_1_0 3,193,694Southeastern United States_cell_2_1_1 3,725,789Southeastern United States_cell_2_1_2 −14.28%Southeastern United States_cell_2_1_3 3,459 sq mi (8,959 km)Southeastern United States_cell_2_1_4 923.3/sq mi (356.5/km)Southeastern United States_cell_2_1_5
U.S. Virgin IslandsSoutheastern United States_cell_2_2_0 106,235Southeastern United States_cell_2_2_1 106,405Southeastern United States_cell_2_2_2 −0.16%Southeastern United States_cell_2_2_3 134 sq mi (346 km)Southeastern United States_cell_2_2_4 795.2/sq mi (307.0/km)Southeastern United States_cell_2_2_5

Culture Southeastern United States_section_5

Main article: Culture of the Southern United States Southeastern United States_sentence_14

The predominant culture of the Southeast has its origins with the settlement of the region by European colonists and African slaves in the 17th to 19th centuries, as large groups of English, Scottish and Ulster-Scottish, Germans, Spanish, French, and Acadians migrated to the region. Southeastern United States_sentence_15

Since the late 20th century the New South has emerged as the fastest-growing area of the United States economically. Southeastern United States_sentence_16

Multiculturalism has become mainstream in the Southeastern states. Southeastern United States_sentence_17

African Americans remain a dominant demographic at around 30% of the total population of the Southeast. Southeastern United States_sentence_18

The New South is built upon the metropolitan areas along the Interstate 85 corridor. Southeastern United States_sentence_19

Cities include Birmingham, Atlanta, Greenville, Spartanburg, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh-Durham. Southeastern United States_sentence_20

Climate Southeastern United States_section_6

Most of the southeastern part of the United States is dominated by the humid subtropical climate (Cfa/Cwa). Southeastern United States_sentence_21

As one nears the southern portions of Florida, the climate gradually becomes tropical as winters are freezing free and all months have a mean temperature above 64.4 °F (18.0 °C) (the defined coldest monthly mean temperature of tropical climates). Southeastern United States_sentence_22

Seasonally, summers are generally hot and humid throughout the entire region. Southeastern United States_sentence_23

The Bermuda High pumps hot and moist air mass from the tropical Atlantic Ocean and eastern Gulf of Mexico westward toward the southeast United States, creating the typical sultry tropical summers. Southeastern United States_sentence_24

Daytime highs are often in the upper 80s to lower 90s F. Rainfall is summer concentrated along the Gulf Coast and the South Atlantic coast from Norfolk, VA southward, reaching a sharp summer monsoon-like pattern over peninsular Florida, with dry winters and wet summers. Southeastern United States_sentence_25

Sunshine is abundant across the southeastern United States in summer, as the rainfall often comes in quick, but intense downpours. Southeastern United States_sentence_26

The mid-South, especially Tennessee, and the northern halves of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, have maximum monthly rainfall amounts in winter and spring, owing to copious Gulf moisture and clashes between warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and cold, dry air from Canada during the cold season. Southeastern United States_sentence_27

Here, December, March, or April are typically the wettest months; August to October, the driest months (for example, at Tupelo, MS, Huntsville, AL and Memphis, TN). Southeastern United States_sentence_28

Winters are cool in areas like Tennessee and western North Carolina, with average highs in the 45 °F (7 °C) range in January. Southeastern United States_sentence_29

Farther south, winters become milder across interior eastern North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, with average January highs in the 53 °F (12 °C) range. Southeastern United States_sentence_30

As one nears the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain and coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas, winters become warm, with daytime highs near or over 60 °F (16 °C), until far enough south in central Florida where daytime highs are above 70 °F (21 °C). Southeastern United States_sentence_31

Winters tend to be very dry and sunny across Florida, with a gradual increase in winter rainfall with increasing latitude, especially west of the Appalachian Mountains. Southeastern United States_sentence_32

Economy Southeastern United States_section_7

Education Southeastern United States_section_8

Largest cities Southeastern United States_section_9

These are the largest cities in the Southeastern region of the United States by population, according to the United States Census Bureau: Southeastern United States_sentence_33

Southeastern United States_table_general_3

RankSoutheastern United States_header_cell_3_0_0 CitySoutheastern United States_header_cell_3_0_1 State

or territorySoutheastern United States_header_cell_3_0_2

Population (2015)Southeastern United States_header_cell_3_0_3
1Southeastern United States_cell_3_1_0 JacksonvilleSoutheastern United States_cell_3_1_1 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_1_2 868,031Southeastern United States_cell_3_1_3
2Southeastern United States_cell_3_2_0 CharlotteSoutheastern United States_cell_3_2_1 North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_2_2 827,097Southeastern United States_cell_3_2_3
3Southeastern United States_cell_3_3_0 WashingtonSoutheastern United States_cell_3_3_1 District of ColumbiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_3_2 672,228Southeastern United States_cell_3_3_3
4Southeastern United States_cell_3_4_0 NashvilleSoutheastern United States_cell_3_4_1 TennesseeSoutheastern United States_cell_3_4_2 660,388Southeastern United States_cell_3_4_3
5Southeastern United States_cell_3_5_0 MemphisSoutheastern United States_cell_3_5_1 TennesseeSoutheastern United States_cell_3_5_2 652,717Southeastern United States_cell_3_5_3
6Southeastern United States_cell_3_6_0 BaltimoreSoutheastern United States_cell_3_6_1 MarylandSoutheastern United States_cell_3_6_2 621,849Southeastern United States_cell_3_6_3
7Southeastern United States_cell_3_7_0 LouisvilleSoutheastern United States_cell_3_7_1 KentuckySoutheastern United States_cell_3_7_2 615,366Southeastern United States_cell_3_7_3
8Southeastern United States_cell_3_8_0 AtlantaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_8_1 GeorgiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_8_2 463,878Southeastern United States_cell_3_8_3
9Southeastern United States_cell_3_9_0 Virginia BeachSoutheastern United States_cell_3_9_1 VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_9_2 452,745Southeastern United States_cell_3_9_3
10Southeastern United States_cell_3_10_0 RaleighSoutheastern United States_cell_3_10_1 North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_10_2 451,066Southeastern United States_cell_3_10_3
11Southeastern United States_cell_3_11_0 MiamiSoutheastern United States_cell_3_11_1 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_11_2 441,003Southeastern United States_cell_3_11_3
12Southeastern United States_cell_3_12_0 New OrleansSoutheastern United States_cell_3_12_1 LouisianaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_12_2 389,617Southeastern United States_cell_3_12_3
13Southeastern United States_cell_3_13_0 TampaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_13_1 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_13_2 369,075Southeastern United States_cell_3_13_3
Southeastern United States_cell_3_14_0 San JuanSoutheastern United States_cell_3_14_1 Puerto RicoSoutheastern United States_cell_3_14_2 318,441Southeastern United States_cell_3_14_3
14Southeastern United States_cell_3_15_0 LexingtonSoutheastern United States_cell_3_15_1 KentuckySoutheastern United States_cell_3_15_2 314,488Southeastern United States_cell_3_15_3
15Southeastern United States_cell_3_16_0 GreensboroSoutheastern United States_cell_3_16_1 North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_16_2 285,342Southeastern United States_cell_3_16_3
16Southeastern United States_cell_3_17_0 OrlandoSoutheastern United States_cell_3_17_1 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_17_2 270,394Southeastern United States_cell_3_17_3
17Southeastern United States_cell_3_18_0 DurhamSoutheastern United States_cell_3_18_1 North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_18_2 257,636Southeastern United States_cell_3_18_3
18Southeastern United States_cell_3_19_0 Saint PetersburgSoutheastern United States_cell_3_19_1 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_19_2 257,083Southeastern United States_cell_3_19_3
19Southeastern United States_cell_3_20_0 NorfolkSoutheastern United States_cell_3_20_1 VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_20_2 246,393Southeastern United States_cell_3_20_3
20Southeastern United States_cell_3_21_0 Winston-SalemSoutheastern United States_cell_3_21_1 North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_21_2 241,218Southeastern United States_cell_3_21_3
21Southeastern United States_cell_3_22_0 HialeahSoutheastern United States_cell_3_22_1 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_22_2 237,069Southeastern United States_cell_3_22_3
22Southeastern United States_cell_3_23_0 ChesapeakeSoutheastern United States_cell_3_23_1 VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_23_2 235,429Southeastern United States_cell_3_23_3
23Southeastern United States_cell_3_24_0 Baton RougeSoutheastern United States_cell_3_24_1 LouisianaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_24_2 228,590Southeastern United States_cell_3_24_3
24Southeastern United States_cell_3_25_0 RichmondSoutheastern United States_cell_3_25_1 VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_25_2 220,289Southeastern United States_cell_3_25_3
25Southeastern United States_cell_3_26_0 BirminghamSoutheastern United States_cell_3_26_1 AlabamaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_26_2 212,461Southeastern United States_cell_3_26_3
26Southeastern United States_cell_3_27_0 FayettevilleSoutheastern United States_cell_3_27_1 North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_27_2 201,963Southeastern United States_cell_3_27_3
27Southeastern United States_cell_3_28_0 AugustaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_28_1 GeorgiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_28_2 201,554Southeastern United States_cell_3_28_3
28Southeastern United States_cell_3_29_0 ColumbusSoutheastern United States_cell_3_29_1 GeorgiaSoutheastern United States_cell_3_29_2 200,579Southeastern United States_cell_3_29_3

Southeastern United States_unordered_list_0

Metropolitan Statistical Areas Southeastern United States_section_10

These are the metropolitan areas of the Southeastern region which exceed 1  million in population according to the United States Census Bureau's 2019 estimates: Southeastern United States_sentence_34

Southeastern United States_table_general_4

RankSoutheastern United States_header_cell_4_0_0 Metropolitan areaSoutheastern United States_header_cell_4_0_1 Anchor citySoutheastern United States_header_cell_4_0_2 Population (2016)Southeastern United States_header_cell_4_0_3 State(s) or territorySoutheastern United States_header_cell_4_0_4
1Southeastern United States_cell_4_1_0 Washington-Arlington-AlexandriaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_1_1 WashingtonSoutheastern United States_cell_4_1_2 6,280,487Southeastern United States_cell_4_1_3 District of Columbia / Virginia /
Maryland / West VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_1_4
2Southeastern United States_cell_4_2_0 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachSoutheastern United States_cell_4_2_1 MiamiSoutheastern United States_cell_4_2_2 6,166,488Southeastern United States_cell_4_2_3 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_2_4
3Southeastern United States_cell_4_3_0 Atlanta–Sandy Springs-RoswellSoutheastern United States_cell_4_3_1 AtlantaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_3_2 6,020,364Southeastern United States_cell_4_3_3 GeorgiaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_3_4
4Southeastern United States_cell_4_4_0 Tampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterSoutheastern United States_cell_4_4_1 TampaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_4_2 3,194,831Southeastern United States_cell_4_4_3 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_4_4
5Southeastern United States_cell_4_5_0 Baltimore-Columbia-TowsonSoutheastern United States_cell_4_5_1 BaltimoreSoutheastern United States_cell_4_5_2 2,800,053Southeastern United States_cell_4_5_3 MarylandSoutheastern United States_cell_4_5_4
6Southeastern United States_cell_4_6_0 Charlotte-Concord-GastoniaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_6_1 CharlotteSoutheastern United States_cell_4_6_2 2,636,883Southeastern United States_cell_4_6_3 North Carolina / South CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_6_4
7Southeastern United States_cell_4_7_0 Orlando-Kissimmee-SanfordSoutheastern United States_cell_4_7_1 OrlandoSoutheastern United States_cell_4_7_2 2,608,147Southeastern United States_cell_4_7_3 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_7_4
Southeastern United States_cell_4_8_0 San Juan–Caguas–GuaynaboSoutheastern United States_cell_4_8_1 San JuanSoutheastern United States_cell_4_8_2 2,020,000Southeastern United States_cell_4_8_3 Puerto RicoSoutheastern United States_cell_4_8_4
8Southeastern United States_cell_4_9_0 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-FranklinSoutheastern United States_cell_4_9_1 NashvilleSoutheastern United States_cell_4_9_2 1,934,317Southeastern United States_cell_4_9_3 TennesseeSoutheastern United States_cell_4_9_4
9Southeastern United States_cell_4_10_0 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsSoutheastern United States_cell_4_10_1 Virginia BeachSoutheastern United States_cell_4_10_2 1,768,901Southeastern United States_cell_4_10_3 Virginia / North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_10_4
10Southeastern United States_cell_4_11_0 JacksonvilleSoutheastern United States_cell_4_11_1 JacksonvilleSoutheastern United States_cell_4_11_2 1,559,514Southeastern United States_cell_4_11_3 FloridaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_11_4
11Southeastern United States_cell_4_12_0 RaleighSoutheastern United States_cell_4_12_1 RaleighSoutheastern United States_cell_4_12_2 1,390,785Southeastern United States_cell_4_12_3 North CarolinaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_12_4
12Southeastern United States_cell_4_13_0 MemphisSoutheastern United States_cell_4_13_1 MemphisSoutheastern United States_cell_4_13_2 1,346,045Southeastern United States_cell_4_13_3 Tennessee / Mississippi / ArkansasSoutheastern United States_cell_4_13_4
13Southeastern United States_cell_4_14_0 Richmond-PetersburgSoutheastern United States_cell_4_14_1 RichmondSoutheastern United States_cell_4_14_2 1,291,900Southeastern United States_cell_4_14_3 VirginiaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_14_4
14Southeastern United States_cell_4_15_0 New Orleans-Metairie-KennerSoutheastern United States_cell_4_15_1 New OrleansSoutheastern United States_cell_4_15_2 1,270,530Southeastern United States_cell_4_15_3 LouisianaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_15_4
15Southeastern United States_cell_4_16_0 Louisville-Jefferson CountySoutheastern United States_cell_4_16_1 LouisvilleSoutheastern United States_cell_4_16_2 1,265,108Southeastern United States_cell_4_16_3 Kentucky / IndianaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_16_4
16Southeastern United States_cell_4_17_0 Birmingham-HooverSoutheastern United States_cell_4_17_1 BirminghamSoutheastern United States_cell_4_17_2 1,090,435Southeastern United States_cell_4_17_3 AlabamaSoutheastern United States_cell_4_17_4

Combined Statistical Areas Southeastern United States_section_11

Beyond Megalopolis by Virginia Tech's Metropolitan Institute, an attempt to update Jean Gottmann's work with current trends, defines two "megapolitan areas" contained within the Southeast, out of a total of ten such areas in the United States: Southeastern United States_sentence_35

Southeastern United States_unordered_list_1

  • "Piedmont" extending from North Carolina to AlabamaSoutheastern United States_item_1_1
  • "Peninsula" covering South Florida and Central FloridaSoutheastern United States_item_1_2

Two others tie some areas on the margins of the Southeast to urban centers in other regions: Southeastern United States_sentence_36

Southeastern United States_unordered_list_2

  • "Gulf Coast" extending as far east as the western tip of FloridaSoutheastern United States_item_2_3
  • "Northeast" including much of Maryland and eastern VirginiaSoutheastern United States_item_2_4

These are the combined statistical areas of the Southeastern region which exceed 1  million in population according to the United States Census Bureau's 2016 estimates. Southeastern United States_sentence_37

Note that the metropolitan areas of Tampa and Richmond are not included in any CSAs, so they are included in the table without constituent areas. Southeastern United States_sentence_38

Southeastern United States_table_general_5

RankSoutheastern United States_header_cell_5_0_0 Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_header_cell_5_0_1 Population (2019)Southeastern United States_header_cell_5_0_2 Constituent Core Based Statistical AreasSoutheastern United States_header_cell_5_0_3
1Southeastern United States_cell_5_1_0 Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_1_1 9,814,928Southeastern United States_cell_5_1_2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area Winchester, VA-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area California-Lexington Park, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area Easton, MD Micropolitan Statistical Area Cambridge, MD Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_1_3

2Southeastern United States_cell_5_2_0 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_2_1 6,889,936Southeastern United States_cell_5_2_2 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Port St. Lucie, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area Okeechobee, FL Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_2_3

3Southeastern United States_cell_5_3_0 Atlanta–Athens-Clarke County–Sandy Springs, GA Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_3_1 6,853,392Southeastern United States_cell_5_3_2 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Athens-Clarke County, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area Gainesville, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area LaGrange, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area Jefferson, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area Calhoun, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area Cedartown, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area Thomaston, GA Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_3_3

4Southeastern United States_cell_5_4_0 Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach, FL Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_4_1 4,160,646Southeastern United States_cell_5_4_2 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area The Villages, FL Metropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_4_3

5Southeastern United States_cell_5_5_0 Tampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterSoutheastern United States_cell_5_5_1 3,194,831Southeastern United States_cell_5_5_2 MSA onlySoutheastern United States_cell_5_5_3
6Southeastern United States_cell_5_6_0 Charlotte-Concord, NC-SC Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_6_1 2,797,636Southeastern United States_cell_5_6_2 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Shelby, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area Albemarle, NC Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_6_3

7Southeastern United States_cell_5_7_0 Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_7_1 2,079,687Southeastern United States_cell_5_7_2 Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area Dunn, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area Oxford, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area Sanford, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area Henderson, NC Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_7_3

8Southeastern United States_cell_5_8_0 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro, TN Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_8_1 2,062,547Southeastern United States_cell_5_8_2 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

Shelbyville, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area Lawrenceburg, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area Lewisburg, TN Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_8_3

9Southeastern United States_cell_5_9_0 Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_9_1 1,859,197Southeastern United States_cell_5_9_2 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Elizabeth City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area Kill Devil Hills, NC Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_9_3

10Southeastern United States_cell_5_10_0 Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point, NC Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_10_1 1,689,151Southeastern United States_cell_5_10_2 Greensboro-High Point, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Winston-Salem, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area Burlington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area Mount Airy, NC Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_10_3

11Southeastern United States_cell_5_11_0 Jacksonville-St. Marys-Palatka, FL-GA Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_11_1 1,688,701Southeastern United States_cell_5_11_2 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Palatka, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area St. Marys, GA Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_11_3

12Southeastern United States_cell_5_12_0 New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_12_1 1,507,017Southeastern United States_cell_5_12_2 New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Hammond, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area Picayune, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area Bogalusa, LA Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_12_3

13Southeastern United States_cell_5_13_0 Louisville/Jefferson County–Elizabethtown–Bardstown, KY-IN Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_13_1 1,489,142Southeastern United States_cell_5_13_2 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area Bardstown, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area Scottsburg, IN Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_13_3

14Southeastern United States_cell_5_14_0 Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_14_1 1,475,235Southeastern United States_cell_5_14_2 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Spartanburg, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area Greenwood, SC Micropolitan Statistical Area Seneca, SC Micropolitan Statistical Area Gaffney, SC Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_14_3

15Southeastern United States_cell_5_15_0 Memphis-Forrest City, TN-MS-AR Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_15_1 1,371,039Southeastern United States_cell_5_15_2 Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area

Forrest City, AR Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_15_3

16Southeastern United States_cell_5_16_0 Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_16_1 1,317,702Southeastern United States_cell_5_16_2 Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Talladega-Sylacauga, AL Micropolitan Statistical Area Cullman, AL Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_16_3

17Southeastern United States_cell_5_17_0 Richmond-PetersburgSoutheastern United States_cell_5_17_1 1,291,900Southeastern United States_cell_5_17_2 MSA onlySoutheastern United States_cell_5_17_3
18Southeastern United States_cell_5_18_0 Cape Coral-Fort Myers-Naples, FL Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_18_1 1,197,501Southeastern United States_cell_5_18_2 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL Metropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_18_3

19Southeastern United States_cell_5_19_0 Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, TN Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_19_1 1,146,049Southeastern United States_cell_5_19_2 Knoxville, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area

Morristown, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area Sevierville, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area Newport, TN Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_19_3

20Southeastern United States_cell_5_20_0 North Port-Sarasota, FL Combined Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_20_1 1,063,906Southeastern United States_cell_5_20_2 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Punta Gorda, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area Arcadia, FL Micropolitan Statistical AreaSoutheastern United States_cell_5_20_3

Sports Southeastern United States_section_12

Although American football is prevalent across the United States, it is especially pervasive in the Southeast. Southeastern United States_sentence_39

With a total of nine (9) franchises — the Atlanta Falcons, the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins, the New Orleans Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tennessee Titans, and the Washington Football Team — across the region, the National Football League (NFL) maintains a stronger commercial presence than any other major North American professional sports league. Southeastern United States_sentence_40

The Southeast has seven (7) National Basketball Association (NBA) franchises: the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Miami Heat, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Orlando Magic, and the Washington Wizards. Southeastern United States_sentence_41

Major League Baseball (MLB) maintains five (5) teams in the Southeast: the Atlanta Braves, the Baltimore Orioles, the Miami Marlins, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Washington Nationals. Southeastern United States_sentence_42

The Southeast has five (5) National Hockey League (NHL) franchises: the Carolina Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers, the Nashville Predators, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Washington Capitals. Southeastern United States_sentence_43

Major League Soccer currently holds three (3) clubs — Atlanta United FC, DC United, and Orlando City SC— in the region. Southeastern United States_sentence_44

This number will increase to six (6) when Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF begin to play in March 2020, and Charlotte's unnamed team joins in 2021. Southeastern United States_sentence_45

The Atlantic Coast Conference is an NCAA Division 1 conference of mainly Southeastern college teams, including the Florida State Seminoles, Louisville Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes, Clemson Tigers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, NC State Wolfpack, Virginia Tech Hokies, and Virginia Cavaliers. Southeastern United States_sentence_46

The Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Citrus Bowl are notable college football bowls held in Southeastern cities. Southeastern United States_sentence_47

The Southeastern Conference is also an NCAA Division 1 conference of Southeastern college teams, including the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Kentucky Wildcats, Ole Miss Rebels, Florida Gators, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers and Georgia Bulldogs, Mississippi State Bulldogs, and Vanderbilt Commodores. Southeastern United States_sentence_48

The majority of NASCAR teams are headquartered in the Charlotte area along with the sports operations headquarters and media outlets. Southeastern United States_sentence_49

Tracks in the region include Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Richmond International Speedway. Southeastern United States_sentence_50

The southeast also hosts two of the three legs of the American Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, in Kentucky, and the Preakness Stakes is also located in the Southeast, being run in Baltimore. Southeastern United States_sentence_51

The Derby is considered the western leg of the crown and the Preakness is traditionally considered the southern leg. Southeastern United States_sentence_52

See also Southeastern United States_section_13

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