18 Eye-Opening Things That Show How Much American Regions Differ From Each Other

The US is a diverse country. It has many different regions that all have something unique to offer. In this article, you will see 18 ways that these regions differ in climate, culture, geography, and other areas. 


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Many regions in the States vary greatly in geography. According to the University of Kansas, Florida is the flattest state with the highest point reaching only 345 feet above sea level. The most mountainous state is Colorado with the highest mean elevation of 6,800 feet. 


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Humidity levels in the US differ from one place to the next. World Population Review says that Alaska is one of the most humid places with an average relative humidity of 77%. Las Vegas Nevada is the least humid state with average relative humidity at just 38%.


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The state of California was the most populated in the US in 2021 with 39.24 million people. USA Today points out that the state of Wyoming is the least populated in the US, and according to the 2020 census, it had a population of just 576,851 people at that time. 


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The most expensive state to live in is Hawaii as prices are usually double on this island what they would be on the mainland. On the other hand, the cheapest region to live in is Mississippi which according to Forbes, has the lowest housing prices in the nation. 


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The US is a vast country that experiences a wide range of climates. The hottest region in the country is Key West, Florida, which has an overall average high of 82 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 73 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the region of Alaska’s north coast next to the Beaufort Sea has an annual average of just 12 degrees Fahrenheit. 


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New York is one of the wettest cities in the US. There is rainfall in this city a staggering 172 days a year. On the other hand, Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the driest cities in the country. In Las Vegas, there are 339 dry days a year and when it does rain, it is usually only a light shower. 


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Some regions of the US have lots of entertainment options and things to do. Las Vegas, Nevada, is the city with the most entertainment options. On the other hand, according to Smarter Travel, Pearl City, Hawaii, is often named the least fun city of all as it is very expensive and does not have many entertainment options. 


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Depending on the region of the US that you find yourself in, you will hear different words being used for the same items. In some regions of the US, they use the words soda, highway, and sneakers, whereas in other regions they use the words pop, freeway, and tennis shoes. 

Natural Disasters

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The risk of natural disasters in the US varies in different areas. Around the West Coast, there is a greater risk of earthquakes. The state of Florida is most likely to get hit by hurricanes because of its location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Cultural Diversity

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Some parts of the US are more culturally diverse than others. The most multicultural state is California, according to the World Population Review. California also has the biggest Hispanic population of all the states. On the other hand, West Virginia is the least diverse state of all. 


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The most popular sports in the US differ from region to region. In Alabama, Michigan, and South Carolina, the most popular sport is NCAA football. However, in the region of New England, the most popular sport is baseball. In Kentucky, basketball is the most popular.


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The opportunities for higher education in the United States increase and decrease depending on the location. Alaska has the fewest opportunities, as it has the fewest colleges in the country. California, Texas, Florida, and New York, on the other hand, have the highest number of colleges in the country.


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As you travel around the US, you will find that the styles of music that are popular vary depending on your location. In the South, country music is very popular. In the Northeast, hip-hop music has stronger roots. Austin was ranked as the top rock city in the country.

Time Zones

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There are 6 different time zones in the US. The different time zones are Hawaii-Aleutian time, Alaska time, Pacific time, Mountain time, Central time, and Eastern time. Some states in the US such as Arizona and Florida are so large that they have more than one time zone.


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Depending on where you are in the US, you will find that the number of sunlight hours differs. Yuma, Arizona, is the sunniest place and receives over 4,000 sunlight hours a year. Washington is one of the states with the least sunlight and receives only 2,044 hours of sunlight a year.


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The region with the most snowfall in the US is Valdez, Alaska. It receives 279.4 inches of snow a year. The region with the least snowfall is Key West, Florida, which receives 0 inches of snow a year. Not only does this city not get any snow but it also never gets sleet or frost. 


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As you venture around the US, you will find that in some regions, the people are more religious than they are in other regions. The most religious places in the US are Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The least religious are Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and West Virginia.


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Some regions in the US have more trees than others. The city of Sacramento, California is often referred to as the city of trees because of the great number of trees there. The regions of the US with the least number of trees are Jacksonville, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Toledo, Ohio.

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