West Coast of the United States

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the West Coast

Red states are those bordering the Pacific Ocean.

In general, the term "West Coast" is a nickname for the coastal states of the Western United States, comprising California, Oregon and Washington, and sometimes Alaska and Hawaii (see Pacific States). The West Coast is a portion of the West.

It has also come to be called "The Coast", especially by New Yorkers, or the "Left Coast," a pun based on its lefthand position on a map of the US as well as its reputation for being more politically liberal than the East Coast or Midwest.

The term has been taken by rap music performers when used to refer to a particular school of artists, such as Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre. The East Coast/West Coast dichotomy has led to violence and much rhetoric. This violence and rhetoric largely subsided by the beginning of the 21st century.

See also: Geography of the Western United States, List of regions of the United States

Geographic regions of the United States
Central | Coastal States | Deep South | East | East Coast | Gulf Coast | Mid-Atlantic | Midwest
Mountain States | New England | North | Northeast | Northwest | Pacific | South | South Atlantic
South Central | Southeast | Southwest | Upper Midwest | West | West Coast
Multinational regions: Border States | Great Lakes | Great Plains | Pacific Northwest
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