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What we commonly refer to as the West Coast of the United States is actually the coastline where the North Pacific Ocean meets the Western United States.

The West Coast of the United States is the coastline where the North Pacific Ocean meets the Western United States. It is also known as the Pacific Coast, the Pacific States, and the western seaboard. In most contexts, the term refers to the three westernmost contiguous states of the United States—California, Oregon, and Washington—but it can also include Alaska and Hawaii. S Division by Physical Space

Definition [ edit ]

Many different states have been included in various definitions of the West Coast of the United States, but California, Oregon, and Washington are always included. However, the term usually includes all of North America, including the three lower 48 states and Alaska. To facilitate census taking, Hawaii is counted alongside the other four states on the West Coast. North America, including Alaska and British Columbia, is considered part of the Pacific Coast by the Encyclopdia Britannica (see footnote 3). In spite of the encyclopedia's acknowledgment that Hawaii is, in some way, a part of the region, its editors argued that "it has little in common geologically with the mainland states." "[4]

The West Coast is defined in a variety of ways, depending on which dictionary you use. The West Coast is defined narrowly by Lexico as "the western seaboard of the U S the distance between the two states of Washington and California Macmillan Dictionary, on the other hand, defines it as "the western coast of the United States without elaboration. S near the coast of the Pacific Ocean According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, the West Coast is "the part of the United States bordering the Pacific Ocean. S including the state of California "[7]

History [ edit ]

It was around 45,000 BCE (12,000 BCE) that Paleo-Indians, the earliest known inhabitants of the Americas, crossed the Bering Strait from Eurasia into North America via the land bridge Beringia. Individuals or small groups of hunters and gatherers followed herds of large herbivores all the way into Alaska. Ice-free corridors developed along the Pacific coast and valleys of North America between 16,500 BCE and 13,500 BCE (18,500-15,500 years ago). [8]

Natives of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and California all trace their ancestry back to Paleo-Indians. They diverged linguistically and commercially, establishing routes and establishing new tongues. citation neededWhen a citation is required, [it]

The area was later colonized by Americans, British, French, Russians, and Spanish. citation neededIt's important to cite when using this term.

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In 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was finished, connecting the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States.

Climate [ edit ]

Towards the north, east, and ocean, the westernmost parts of the United States experience a marine climate. S As if starting at the U.S.-Canada border in Northern California and heading south, S Mediterranean climate along the U.S.-Mexico border While coastal Washington and Oregon in the north receive moderate rainfall, especially in the winter, coastal California is drier for most of the year. Summer temperatures are significantly lower near the coast than inland. Even though the distance between Eureka and Willow Creek in far Northern California is only 25 miles (40 km) and Willow Creek is located at an elevation of only 500 meters (1,600 ft), the temperature difference between the two places is 17 °C (30 °F). Narrower fluctuations can be seen along the entire coastline, which may be explained in part by the cold currents in the Pacific Ocean, which moderate coastal temperatures, and the mountain ranges, which prevent the maritime air from penetrating further inland than the foothills during the summer. Temperatures near the coast are kept low in part by the persistent coastal fog. Although it is more well-known in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, Southern California also experiences the dreary effects of coastal fog in the months of May and June. San Francisco's mild summers are reminiscent of those in Northern Europe, while the warmer temperatures of year-round southern California are typical. Despite the hot desert climate of Nevada and Arizona, summer temperatures are similar to the rest of the United States at the same latitudes just a short distance inland. West coast humidity is typically much lower than east coast humidity, and thunderstorms are rare. citation neededAccording to some sources [url needed]

Lawmaking and political maneuvering [ edit ]

Modern West Coast politics have been dominated by the Democratic Party, with the exception of Alaska, where independents have performed better than Democrats in statewide and local elections. Since 1992, Democrats have won four of the five West Coast states, and they have won three of the four since 1988.

State Administrations [ edit ]

Influence and ideology [ edit ]

Because of their shared political ideology, California, Oregon, and Washington are often grouped together as the West Coast. The West Coast is a "blue wall" of shared values on issues like immigration, abortion, climate change, and civil liberties, according to a 2017 column by The Oregonian's David Sarasohn. Following California's lead, the other states on the West Coast legalized marijuana in 2016. Seventy-two percent of Pacific state residents agreed or strongly agreed that "climate change is affecting their local community at least some" in a 2019 Pew Research Center survey, the highest percentage of any region in the country. [11]

All three states have consistently voted for the Democratic presidential candidate since 1992. However, Oregon and Washington also supported the Democrats in the 1988 election. All three states have historically voted Democratic, but as of 2020, no Democratic presidential candidate hails from any of them. [13]

As of the 2010s, the West Coast was home to a significantly more powerful Democratic Party. The 2017 special election victory by Democrats in Washington state gave them control of the legislatures of all three West Coast states. All West Coast congressional districts are now held by Democrats except for the 3rd in Washington state, which is held by a Republican. [15]

Politically, Hawaii is not typically thought of as being on the West Coast, but the state has long been a reliable Democratic stronghold. In the years leading up to Hawaii's statehood in 1959, the islands had become increasingly popular with Democrats. Democrats in the South were opposed to the change because it would lead to more votes being cast against their interests. Since Hawaii became a state in 1959, the state has voted Democratic in every presidential election except 1972 and 1984. For the first time in the United States since 1980, the Democratic Party won every seat in the upper house of a state legislature in 2016. This happened in Hawaii in 2016, when the party ousted the lone Republican senator serving in the state's upper house. [18]

Alaska, unlike the rest of the West Coast, is a reliably Republican state. Alaskans have only once, in 1964, voted for the Democratic presidential candidate since statehood. The state had consistently voted Republican since 1968, beginning with a close vote for Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy in 1960. [19]

Recounting past presidential elections [ edit ]

Parties Democratic Republican Progressive
  • The winning candidate is highlighted in bold.

Demographics [ edit ]

Humans throughout time Census Pop %± 1900 2,634,285 — 1910 4,448,534 68.9% 1920 5,877,788 32.1% 1930 8,622,011 46.7% 1940 10,228,556 18.6% 1950 15,114,964 47.8% 1960 21,198,044 40.2% 1970 26,524,131 25.1% 1980 31,799,705 19.9% 1990 39,127,306 23.0% 2000 45,025,637 15.1% 2010 49,880,102 10.8% 2020 53,669,422 7.6% (1910-2020) [25]
The city of Los Angeles is the most populous on the American West Coast and the second-largest in the entire country.

Results from the upcoming 2020 US Census show that 16 of the 20 largest cities on the West Coast are located in the Golden State. California's three largest cities—Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose—all have populations of over a million. Los Angeles is nearly three times as large as San Diego's population. Afterwards, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland come in at Nos. 4, 5, and 6 in population, respectively. Honolulu, the capital and largest city of Hawaii, ranks as the West Coast's thirteenth largest metro area, while Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, ranks seventeenth. [26]

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San Jose 1,013,240 SanFranciscoFinancialDistrict.jpg
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Oakland 440,646


Culture [ edit ]

The culture on the West Coast is younger than that of the East Coast because of the relatively recent arrival of immigrants and their offspring. Its cultural distinction from the rest of the United States is rooted in its demographic make-up as well. A distinct Hispanic American flavor, shared with the rest of the Southwest, can be found along the lower West Coast thanks to California's history as a major Spanish colony and then as Mexican territory. Likewise, San Francisco and Los Angeles, two of the three cities where Asian Americans have settled, are on the West Coast. [32][33][34] Other West Coast cities also have sizable Asian American populations. Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest and oldest in all of North America.

Green cities, which can be identified by their prevalence of environmentally friendly cultural practices like bicycling and organic gardening, are disproportionately concentrated on the West Coast of the United States. [35]

Portland and Seattle, both in the Pacific Northwest, are widely recognized as two of the world's finest coffee-drinking destinations. [36] Despite the fact that Starbucks was founded in Seattle, the two locations share a reputation for having a thriving community of small, locally owned coffee roasters and cafes. Forests, mountains, and rain have all had profound effects on the culture. Perhaps this "bibliophile soul" is responsible for the abundance of excellent bookshops and libraries in the Pacific Northwest, such as Powell's Books and the Seattle Central Library. There is also a small but growing bioregionalist and Cascadian identity-based independence movement in the area. At Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers games, the Cascadian flag has become a common sight. citation neededThis is a case where a citation is required.

Alaskans enjoy a wide variety of outdoor pursuits that have helped make the state famous. Annual events in the state provide opportunities to participate in some of these pursuits, such as the Iron Dog snowmobile race that travels from Anchorage to Nome and on to Fairbanks. In addition, Fairbanks hosts the World Ice Art Championships, and Sitka hosts the Sitka Whalefest. citation needed(Citation required)

Transportation [ edit ]

When traveling along the coast, the Coast Starlight is the primary Amtrak interstate passenger rail route. Coastal cities are linked by railroads owned and operated by BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. Highways such as Interstate 5 serve interstate travel, and are the primary north-south expressway on the West Coast.

Up until Dana Point, California, I-5 stays close to the coast. From there, it heads inland for the majority of its length. California State Route 1 is the most traveled coastal scenic drive in the state. U.S. Route 101 is the primary coastal scenic drive in far Northern California, Oregon, and Washington from Leggett, California, where SR 1 ends. It is common for hikers to take the Sierra High Route.

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport are just a few of the major international airports in the United States that can be found along the West Coast. Gateways to the Pacific Rim, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles link many locations around the Pacific Ocean to those in North America.

See also [ edit ]

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Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ According to the upcoming 2020 census of the United States, this sum includes the combined populations of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. [2]

References [ edit ]

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  3. ^ Posted by: Victor Kiprop on January 11th, 2019 The question, "Which States Are on the West Coast?"1 Global Mapper Date of original publication: September 25, 2020 Retrieved When: Wednesday, November 13 2020
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  6. ^ The Western Hemisphere It is the Macmillan Dictionary. Macmillan Publishing Company The original version was published on August 26, 2019. Retrieved On the 13th of November, 2020
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  8. ^ Title: "First Americans Endured 20,000-Year Layover - Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News" Retrieved November 18 2009 In fact, archaeology confirms that people left Beringia for the New World sometime around the age of 40,000 years ago, but rapid expansion into North America did not occur until around the age of 15,000.
  9. ^ David Sarasohn (Dec. 3, 2017) According to David Sarasohn, "Trump batters against the blue wall of the West Coast." Oregon's Official Newspaper This version was archived from the original on November 14, 2017. Retrieved The 14th of November. 2020
  10. ^ Thomas Fuller; Jack Healy; Kirk Johnson (11 November 2016). Even as the electoral map turns red, the West Coast remains staunchly blue. New York's Time-Honored Newspaper A San Francisco Published initially online November 8, 2020 Retrieved Thursday, November 14th, 2018 2020
  11. ^ Author: Hefferon, Meg; Publication Date: 2 December 2019 According to a recent poll, "most Americans say climate change impacts their community, but effects vary by region." The Pew Charitable Trusts Library and Research Center Date of original archive: October 1, 2020 Retrieved Friday, November 14 2020
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  14. ^ For example: Weigel, David (November 9, 2017). Democratic leaders have taken over all levels of West Coast state governments. A Piece From The Washington Post, September 26th, 2018 Retrieved Dated: November 13 2020
  15. ^ Philip Bump (11/12/2018). The entire West Coast is blue now with the exception of 38 miles in Washington state. This morning's edition of the Washington Post Date of original publication: November 8, 2020 Retrieved As of the 13th of November, 2020
  16. ^ On August 21, 2020, Barbara Sprunt will publish a new book. Conflicts over new states have always been rooted in power struggles and racial tensions. NPR News Retrieved Tuesday, November 13 2020
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