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Regional definitions vary from source to source. The states shown in dark red are almost always included, while the striped states are usually considered part of the Northwestern United States as well.

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Seattle, the largest metropolitan area in the Northwest.

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Portland, the second largest metropolitan area in the Northwest.

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Spokane, the third largest metropolitan area in the Northwest.

The Northwestern United States comprise the northwestern states up to the western Great Plains regions of the United States, and consistently include the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, to which part of southeast Alaska is also sometimes included. News stories and weather reports for Alaskan cities are often included on the regional news network Northwest Cable News. The term "Northwestern United States" does not connote a formal geographic or geopolitical region.

"The Northwest" is home to over 13 million citizens, and is usually called the "Pacific Northwest" (abbreviated PNW or PacNW) by people in the United States. This term is often used to mean Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Internationally, however, this term includes parts of Canada — see Pacific Northwest.

Like the southwestern United States, the idea of what the Northwest comprised was pushed farther west over time. The original Northwest (usually termed the "Old Northwest") comprised the Northwest Territory and gradually pushed across the Midwest to its current definition. The current area can generally be understood to include the old Oregon Territory (created in 1848 – Oregon, Washington, Idaho and areas in Montana west of the Continental Divide).[1]

Some of the fastest growing cities in this region and in the nation include Seattle, Bellevue, Vancouver (WA), Kennewick, Pasco, and Yakima, Washington, and Boise, Idaho.

PopulationEdit

Together, these states have a combined population of 13,654,456. The largest cities and metropolitan areas in the Northwest are:

Rank City State Population Metro Population
1 Seattle Washington 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".608,660 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".3,407,848
2 Portland Oregon 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".583,776 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".2,217,325
3 Spokane Washington 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".208,916 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".609,715
4 Boise Idaho 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".205,671 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".585,207
5 Tacoma Washington 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".198,397 0Expression error: Unrecognised word "seattle"..Expression error: Unrecognised word "seattle".Seattle-Tacoma MSA
6 Vancouver Washington 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".161,791 0Expression error: Unrecognised word "portland"..Expression error: Unrecognised word "portland".Portland-Vancouver MSA
7 Eugene Oregon 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".156,185 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".351,715
8 Salem Oregon 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".155,185 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".396,103
9 Bellevue Washington 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".122,363 0Expression error: Unrecognised word "seattle"..Expression error: Unrecognised word "seattle".Seattle-Tacoma MSA
10 Billings Montana 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".104,170 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".158,050

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster (1997). Merriam-Webster's geographical dictionary. Merriam-Webster. p. 876. ISBN 9780877795469. http://books.google.com/books?id=GN9UQMuNQNkC&pg=PA876. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 

Coordinates: 46°N 117°W / 46, -117



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