What States Are on the East Coast List?

Along with Washington, D.C., the East Coast is home to the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. It also includes the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Generally speaking, East Coast States are those that border the Atlantic Ocean, while Vermont in New England and all but a very small portion of Pennsylvania do not.

It’s also important to keep in mind that due to the size and shape of some east coast states, a sizable chunk of their populace are located far from the ocean. For instance, a 6-hour journey separates Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from the closest seaside beach. For upstate New York, the same holds true.

One of the East Coast states is home to more than one-third of the country’s population. The wealthiest region in the United States is on the East Coast. The East Coast is home to seven of the top ten wealthiest states, including Maryland, which is the richest state. Virginia, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. are other wealthy East Coast states.

The main factor contributing to the East Coast’s wealth is the fact that many East Coast residents’ annual household earnings increased since 2000, whilst most household incomes in the rest of the country started to decline.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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