American Ethnic Geography

A Cultural Geography of the United States and Canada

Culture Regions in the United States

Culture regions represent a central theme in cultural geography, and the United States has long exhibited a rich variety of cultural regions. The following series of maps highlights this variety, showing several historical culture areas and their modern equivalents. The maps below are in GIF format.

  Indian Culture Areas

Colonial Culture Hearths

Diffusion of the Midland Culture

Mixed Indian Groups

U.S. Census Ancestry Regions


Contemporary Culture Areas

Current Ethnic Areas

Ethnic Homelands

Surviving Folk Culture Areas

Ethnic Islands (example)


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Created by JTK. Last revised September 20, 2004.