Middle Westerner

/ (ˈmɪdˈwɛstənə) /
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a native or inhabitant of the Midwest of the US
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What does Midwesterner mean?

A Midwesterner is a person who lives in or who is from the Midwest—the northern central area of the mainland United States.

Generally, the boundaries of the Midwest are Canada to the north, the Rocky Mountains to the west, the southern borders of Missouri and Kansas to the south, and the Allegheny Mountains to the east. Sometimes the Midwest is thought of as extending to the eastern border of Illinois or Ohio.

The Midwest is one of the United States’ four official regions as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Because the Census Bureau doesn’t divide states when defining regions, it sets Ohio as the Midwest’s eastern border. According to the Census, 12 states are located within the Midwest: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Americans themselves often differ in terms of who exactly they consider to be a Midwesterner. Sometimes, people from states on the fringes, such as Ohio or North Dakota, aren’t considered to be from the Midwest.

The word Midwestern is an adjective form of Midwest. A less common term for the Midwest is Middle West. The term Middle Westerner is a much less common term for a Midwesterner.

Example: As a native Midwesterner, I sometimes feel very out of place in the Northeast.

Where does Midwesterner come from?

The first records of the term Midwesterner referring to a person from the northern central area of the United States come from the early 1900s. The mid- in Midwest means “middle.” Although the Midwestern states are really in the northern central area of the country, the word west indicates their position in relation to the East Coast (the location of the original 13 U.S. colonies).

The term Midwesterner is used both by people from the Midwest who identify themselves as such as well as those from other regions of the country. As is the case for people from other regions, being a Midwesterner is associated with certain values, tastes, and ways of life. Of course, it’s a very big region, so Midwesterners have all kinds of different backgrounds.

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How is Midwesterner used in real life?

Americans use the term Midwesterner to refer to people who live in or are from the north-central region of the country. Midwesterners commonly used it to identify themselves.



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