Social Studies - 2019-20

USII.2c - 50 States and Important Cities

The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables for

c) locating the 50 states and the cities most significant to the development of the United States and explaining what makes those cities significant.

Adopted: 2015



A state is an example of a political region. States may be grouped as part of different geographic regions, depending upon the criteria used.

Cities serve as centers of trade and have political, economic, and/or cultural significance.


States grouped by geographic region

 Northeast: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

 Southeast: Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas

 Midwest: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota

 Southwest: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona

 Western (Rocky Mountains): Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho

 Pacific: Washington, Oregon, California

 Noncontiguous: Alaska, Hawaii

Cities grouped by geographic region

 Northeast: New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia

 Southeast: Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans

 Midwest: Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit

 Southwest: San Antonio, Santa Fe

 Western (Rocky Mountains): Denver, Salt Lake City

 Pacific: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle

 Noncontiguous: Juneau, Honolulu


Updated: May 16, 2018