South Atlantic states – Wikipedia

The South Atlantic States, U.S. Census Bureau Region 3, Division 5, consisting of the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, as well as the District of Columbia.

The South Atlantic United States form one of the nine Census Bureau Divisions within the United States that are recognized by the United States Census Bureau. This region, U.S. Census Bureau Region 3, Division 5, corresponds to the South (states/areas that were geographically part of the Thirteen Colonies) with the addition of Florida.


The name of the census division does not refer to the South Atlantic Ocean, but rather to its location along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Farther north are the Census-defined Middle Atlantic and New England (or North Atlantic) States.


This division includes eight states and one district; Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.[1] This division is also a recognized geographical division used by the United States Geological Survey.[2]: 2  All entities within the region apart from the District of Columbia and West Virginia border the North Atlantic Ocean.

Together with the East South Central States (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee) and the West South Central States (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas), the South Atlantic States constitute the United States Census Bureau’s broader Census Bureau Region of the South (the other three regions being the Northeast, Midwest and West, all of which have two divisions).


As of 2010, the South Atlantic States had a combined population of 61,774,970. The South Atlantic States region covers 292,589 square miles (757,800 km2). With the exception of West Virginia, the region has seen rapid population growth and economic development in recent decades.

States and Federal District in the South Atlantic States Region
State 2020 Census Land Area
Delaware 989,948 1,982
Florida 21,538,187 65,755
Georgia 10,711,908 59,425
Maryland 6,177,224 12,407
North Carolina 10,439,388 53,819
South Carolina 5,118,435 32,020
Virginia 8,631,393 42,774
West Virginia 1,793,716 24,230
Washington, D.C. 689,545 177
Top Ten Largest Cities by Population in the South Atlantic States Region
City 2020 Census
1 Jacksonville, Florida 949,611
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 874,579
3 Washington, D.C. 689,545
4 Baltimore, Maryland 585,708
5 Atlanta, Georgia 498,715
6 Raleigh, North Carolina 467,665
7 Virginia Beach, Virginia 459,470
8 Miami, Florida 442,241
9 Tampa, Florida 384,959
10 Orlando, Florida 307,573
Top Ten Largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas In The South Atlantic States Region
Metro Area 2020 Census
1 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA 6,385,162
2 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL MSA 6,138,333
3 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA MSA 6,089,815
4 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA 3,175,275
5 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA 2,844,510
6 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL MSA 2,673,376
7 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSA 2,660,329
8 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 1,799,674
9 Jacksonville, FL MSA 1,605,848
10 Raleigh-Cary, NC MSA 1,413,982

Politics in the Lower South Atlantic States[edit]

  • Bold denotes election winner.
  • Note: Election results for the Upper South Atlantic States (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.) are included in the table of the Mid-Atlantic states article.


  1. ^ “Census Regions and Divisions of the United States” Archived 2013-01-07 at the Library of Congress Web Archives, U.S. Census Bureau, retrieved June 19, 2011
  2. ^

    “Circular – Google Books”. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2016-10-04.


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