Oct 25, 2023 - News

Not all Ohioans identify as Midwesterners

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Data: Middle West Review, Emerson College Polling; Note: Includes 22 states traditionally considered part of or surrounding the Midwest; Map: Axios Visuals

Some people in Ohio don'consider themselves Midwesterners.

Driving the news: Emerson College Polling and the Middle West Review recently asked 11,000 people from 22 states if they think their state is part of the Midwest.

Zoom in: Perhaps surprisingly, just 78.2% of those surveyed in Ohio say they live in the Midwest.

Reality check: The U.S. Census Bureau considers Ohio part of the Midwest.

Zoom out: The states with the highest percentages of self-proclaiming "Midwesterners" were Iowa (96.7%), Minnesota (96.5%) and Missouri (95.3%).

The intrigue: Even 9.4% of people surveyed in Pennsylvania and 13% of those in West Virginia said their state is in the Midwest.

What they're saying: "I think one of the big findings of this study is that American regions are still alive. And people still identify with regions," Middle West Review editor Jon Lauck tells Axios' Linh Ta.

  • "Midwestern identity is very strong. I think a lot of people have a sense that it's weaker here or people don't really connect to their states or region as much as, say, the South," Lauck says. "But that is clearly untrue."

🗣️ Tell us: Is Ohio in the Midwest, in the Northeast or a region unto itself?


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