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Which States Are in the Midwest?

Directions: Go to Five Thirty Eight, a data-based news site, and read the article about regionalization and the Midwest. [http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/what-states-are-in-the-midwest/] Make sure you read the comments section too to get a good idea about the diverse opinions on the vernacular region. Then answer the following questions:

  1. Identify at least three different perspectives on defining the Midwest. From the map, article and the comments, what are the various factors that are considered in defining the region?
  2. Identify a strong argument made in the comments section. Explain.
  3. Identify a weak argument made in the comments section. Explain.
  4. Which states would you include?
  5. Does your definition coincide with the polls? In other words, did your selected states poll above 50, 60 or 70 percent?
  6. What is your rationale for your definition? Perceptual, spatial? Historical? Uniformity? Explain.