The Midwest Map, United States

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The Midwest Region Map showing the 12 States and their capitals, important cities, highways, roads, airports, rivers, lakes and point of interest.

The Midwestern United States, also known as the American Midwest or the Midwest, is among the four geographic regions of the country. The region comprises 12 American states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Midwest is divided into two divisions by the Census Bureau: East North Central Division and West North Central Division. ENC division is composed of five states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, which are also included in the Great Lakes region. Remaining seven states—Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—come under WNC division. Kansas, North Dakota, Nebraska, and South Dakota lie within the Great Plains region of the country.

Michigan is the largest Midwestern state by area and Indiana is the smallest state. In terms of population, Illinois is the most populous and North Dakota the least. Chicago is the most populated city in the Midwest and the third most populous in the US. Chicago metropolitan area is considered the economic and financial heartbeat of the region. Indianapolis, Columbus, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Omaha, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Wichita, and St. Louis are other large cities in the Midwest.

Economically, the region relies on heavy industry and agriculture; in fact, it is famously known as “Agricultural Heartland.” Geographically, the landscape is low, flat to rolling terrain of the Interior Plains. The eastern Midwest near the Appalachian foothills, the Great Lakes Basin, the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri, the Driftless Area of northwestern Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin & Minnesota are major physical features in the Midwestern US. From east to west, the Ohio River, the Upper Mississippi River, and the Missouri River are major rivers in the region.

Important Cities in the Midwestern United States
CityStatePopulation (2010 Census)
Chicago Illinois 2,695,598
Indianapolis Indiana 852,866
Columbus Ohio 787,033
Detroit Michigan 686,888
Milwaukee Wisconsin 594,833
Kansas City Missouri 459,787
Omaha Nebraska 408,958
Cleveland Ohio 396,815
Minneapolis Minnesota 387,753
Wichita Kansas 382,368
St. Louis Missouri 319,294
Cincinnati Ohio 296,943
St. Paul Minnesota 288,448
Toledo Ohio 287,208
Fort Wayne Indiana 260,326
Lincoln Nebraska 258,379
Madison Wisconsin 233,209
Des Moines Iowa 250,433
Akron Ohio 199,110
Aurora Illinois 197,889
Springfield Missouri 191,458
Grand Rapids Michigan 188,040
Overland Park Kansas 173,372
Sioux Falls South Dakota 153,888
Rockford Illinois 152,871
Joliet Illinois 147,433
Kansas City Kansas 145,786
Naperville Illinois 141,853
Dayton Ohio 141,527
Warren Michigan 134,056
Sterling Heights Michigan 129,699
Topeka Kansas 127,473
Cedar Rapids Iowa 126,326
Olathe Kansas 125,872
Evansville Indiana 117,429
Independence Missouri 116,830
Springfield Illinois 116,250
Peoria Illinois 115,007
Lansing Michigan 114,297
Ann Arbor Michigan 113,934
Columbia Missouri 108,500
Elgin Illinois 108,188
Rochester Minnesota 107,890
Fargo North Dakota 105,549
Green Bay Wisconsin 104,057
Flint Michigan 102,434
South Bend Indiana 101,168
Livonia Michigan 96,942
Davenport Iowa 99,685
Kenosha Wisconsin 99,218

Last Updated on: March 26, 2020