Human beings like to divide things up into easily identifiable categories. This includes dividing the Earth into continents and countries. Nations are further divided up into states, territories or other political entities in order to facilitate the administration of government and services. In some cases countries are grouped together into regions, such as the Middle East, and large countries, like the US, are divided into regions, like the East Coast or the Southwest. These are usually identified by some common geographical location or feature. For example, all the states on the East Coast of the United States border the Atlantic Ocean and form the eastern seaboard for the country.
There are fourteen states that comprise the East Coast. Looking on an east coast USA wall map, any Atlantic coastal state would count. Starting at the southernmost point of the seaboard and working up the coast, it is easy to identify the following states as being part of the East Coast:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
The most recent census data indicates that some 36 percent of the American population lives on the East Coast. This translates to 112,642,503 individuals as counted in the 2010 Census. Many of these state economies depend on fishing, shipping, and ocean tourism, all of which depends on the Atlantic. The entire East Coast is vulnerable to the effects of hurricanes, which usually come in across the Atlantic and make their way up the Eastern Seaboard between June 1 and November 30 (the annual hurricane season).
Some of the major metropolitan areas of the East Coast include Portland (ME), Boston (MA), Providence (RI), New York City (NY), Newark (NJ), Wilmington (DE), Baltimore (MD), Washington, DC, Richmond (VA), Raleigh (NC), Charleston (SC), Atlanta (GA), and Orlando, Tampa, and Miami in Florida.