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 50 States and Capitals

USA List by Region and Mnemonic

Learning the 50 states and capitals by region is a method using the idea of chunking. Breaking up the list into parts reduces the strain of memorizing and gives a sense of progress as each chunk is mastered. You can print out to help study.

The Census Bureau-designated areas of Northeast, Midwest, South, and West  can be seen on the map. Click for printable large scale Census Bueau Regions States Map .

Census Bureau-designated regions

  • Fix the idea of the region in mind first and then attempt each division.
  • Hold the image of the division in mind and repeat the states until you can do so without looking.
  • You might find it helpful to make up memorable phrases (mnemonics) to link  to the state name.

A selection is given below to get you started but something personal to you might be more memorable.  Fun, ridiculous exaggerations often stick in the memory.

Region 1 (Northeast)

Division 1 (New England) Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
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Division 2 (Mid-Atlantic) New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

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Region 2 (Midwest)

Division 3 (East North Central) Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio

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Division 4 (West North Central) Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa

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Region 3 (South)

Division 5 (South Atlantic) Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
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Division 6 (East South Central) Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama
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Division 7 (West South Central) Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana

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Region 4 (West)

Division 8 (Mountain) Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico

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Division 9 (Pacific)
Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii

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