Is Pennsylvania in the Midwest?

Number-cruncher Nate Silver Tweeted Tuesday morning that he considers the Keystone state a Midwestern one.

Number-cruncher extraordinaire Nate Silver Tweeted Tuesday morning that he thinks Pennsylvania is a Midwestern state, and he's surprised that so few people agree with him.

Uh, Midwestern?

Philadelphia, which is an hour or so from the Atlantic Ocean, is in the Midwest?

An hour later, Silver amended his earlier statement, saying that "the Midwest begins at the Phillies-Pirates dividing line."

That sounds a little more sensible.

What do you think? Is Pennsylvania a Midwestern state?

Edward N Flail, Jr April 29, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Mr. Silver is close to correct. I've heard Pennsylvania called "Pennsyltucky", and I've heard it said that Pennsylvania has Pittsburgh on the left, Philadelphia on the right and Alabama in between. Actually, the farther one gets from the 5 county area around Philadelphia, the more mid-western Pennsylvania becomes. The Philadelphia area has become more and more Democrat, and the rest of the state is almost evenly split, so Pennsylvania is no longer a swing state in Presidential elections. It's Democrat. The governorship reverses party every 8 years since the 1950s when terms were limited to 2, and the state legislature is almost always split, very much like the US. In fact, Pennsylvania is a microcosm of the US, which is now leaning Democrat. I am intrigued by his polls. They are almost always right.
John Child April 30, 2014 at 08:19 AM
If you look at the Red/Blue voting maps of election results in PA you'll see a vast sea of Penna fly-over-country is Red/Republican with fat islands of Blue/Democrat in Erie, Pittsburgh, Philly & most of the suburbs right up north into coal country.
Ralph Meyer April 30, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 colonies that formed the United States and never was one of the states that were added as the U.S. grew, which states to the west of the original 13 would have been then considered 'the West' or when states further West were added, 'the Mid-West'. Pennsylvania was only called Pennsyltucky as the gate to 'Kentucky' via Pittsburgh and the Ohio River when 'Kentucky' or 'the Kentuck' was considered pretty much anything West and Southwest of Pennsylvania. So Pennsylvania is NOT in the Midwest and never has been. One might call Ohio the beginning of the Midwest. Maybe. But not Pennsylvania.
Bob Dobbs May 03, 2014 at 08:16 AM
no it's NOT the mid-west . it's more appalachian in culture . they don't call it "the Paris of Appalachia" for nothing ...


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