The Midwest is a region of the . A synonym, the North Central Region, describes its geographic location more accurately; the "west" suffix is a historical artifact from the country's early history, when most of the U.S. population lived east of the Appalachian Mountains.

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is the home of the blues and the truth of jazz, the heart of comedy and the idea of the skyscraper.

is in central , the ; it is the capital and largest city.

is 's third largest city and the largest metro region, and lies on the north bank of the Ohio River in in the .

Ann Arbor—often abbreviated as AA or A—is a city in 35 miles north of the border and 45 miles west of , near where the furthest exurban fringes give way to country and small towns.


is a state in the region of the . The state has natural boundaries to the north and to the south and is bordered by the states of , , , and .

is an state in the upper and the heart of the Great Lakes region.

is a state in the heart of the region of the .

is a state in the of the . Although it is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it actually has 21,871 lakes.

is a state in the known as the "Show-Me State".

, a state with gently rolling green hills in the region of the , was admitted to the Union in 1846 as the 29th state.

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