No topic provokes as much of an impassioned (and polite) discussion from our dear Midwestern friends and colleagues as which states are part of the Midwest. Is Ohio too far east to count? Is Oklahoma too far south? Does Kansas belong, or is it part of the Great Plains? Is that even a region?
If you grew up in Los Angeles, like I did, you might consult Google. Sitting at the top of the search results, you'll find a Wikipedia article citing the US Census Bureau as the ultimate arbiter of Midwestern boundaries. You'll also find that FiveThirtyEight ran a survey in 2014, in which self-identified Midwesterners defined the borders of their region. (Illinois definitely made the cut, while Wyoming clung desperately to the region's edges.)
But places are defined as much by outsiders as by insiders. So we're asking you, reader, to tell us which states you think belong to the Midwest.
After you submit your selection, we'll show you which states other readers have picked so far. Be careful — you only get one chance to make your vote. Update: We've now closed the poll, but if you haven't submitted your selection, you can still see how your Midwest compares to 34,522 other readers.
Our scale is based on how many times each state was picked, not the percentage of readers who selected the state, so the highest count sets the baseline. All the states that generated more than half the highest count will be displayed back to you as a reader-generated Midwest. A big shout-out to my colleague Ryan Mark, a self-identified Chicagoan, who showed me how to set up and write the program to power the initial results tally.
You can also make your most impassioned defense of why Nebraska should or shouldn't be part of the Midwest in the comments section below.
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