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Difference Between East Coast and West Coast

East Coast vs West Coast

East Coast and West Coast are terms used for the Eastern coastal states and Western coastal states of the United States. The U.S. is an enormous country, and its coasts touch the Pacific Ocean as well as the Atlantic Ocean. The weather on the East Coast and the West Coast is different because of their geographical positions. The cultures, the politics, the behavior of the people, their languages and styles differ from each other because of their vicinity to different countries and the influence of different cultures more on one coast than the other. There are many differences between them if we discuss people, politics, languages, style and way of living, but in this article we will pay attention to the states that are included in the East Coast and the states included in the West Coast.

East Coast
In the United States, the East Coast refers to the easternmost states which stretch from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to Canada in the north. They are also called the Eastern Seaboard. Almost 36 per cent of the U.S. population resides in the East Coast states. In the Atlantic hurricane season, these states are more susceptible to hurricanes. The hurricane season is considered to be from June 1st to November 30th.

The states which are included in the East Coast are: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and more towards the south are North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. There are some states which do not directly touch the Atlantic coast but are considered states of the East coast like Pennsylvania, which does not touch the Atlantic Ocean, but borders the Delaware River in the south. Vermont is also considered an East Coast state as it was declared a part of New York State in 1764 and later of New Hampshire before it claimed separate statehood.

The entire East Coast is linked by Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway connects much of the East Coast too.

West Coast
In the United States, the West Coast refers to the westernmost coastal states touching the Pacific Ocean. It is also referred to as the Pacific Coast. Almost 17 per cent of the U.S. population resides in the West Coast states.
Basically, five states are included in the West Coast: Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Alaska and Hawaii are not part of the mainland or contiguous United States; they are included in West Coast as they border the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes the landlocked states like Arizona and Nevada are also included in the West Coast states.

Summary:

1.East Coast refers to the easternmost states of the U.S. which stretch from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to Canada in the north; West Coast refers to the westernmost coastal states touching the Pacific Ocean.
2.East Coast states include: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia; West Coast includes Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Sometimes Nevada and Arizona are also referred to as West Coast states.
3.Almost 36 per cent of the U.S. population resides in the East Coast states; almost 17 per cent of the U.S. population resides in the West Coast states.
4.People, culture, language, politics, style of living are different from each other. East Coast people are considered more “prim and proper” and West Coast people more “laid back,” but it all depends on the individual interpretation of people.


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  1. Virginia is part of the South Atlantic states.

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