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States in the Southern United States are in maroon or red. States that are sometimes thought of as Southern are in light red

The "Southern United States" (also known as The Southern States or "The South" among Americans) is a term for the Southeastern part of the United States. All Confederate States were in the South, but not all Southern States joined the Confederacy. The States farthest to the south are called the "Deep South". Most of the South is a land of long, hot summers. Winters are mostly short and cool. There is abundant rainfall. This combination gives the South a long growing season.

The States that make up "The South" are usually considered to be:

  1. Virginia
  2. Tennessee
  3. Arkansas
  4. Louisiana
  5. North Carolina
  6. South Carolina
  7. Mississippi
  8. Alabama
  9. Georgia
  10. Florida
  11. Texas

Border States are also sometimes called Southern:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. West Virginia
  3. Kentucky
  4. Maryland
  5. Delaware


Except for Florida and Texas, most of the South did not have as many immigrants arriving from other countries as the rest of the United States did, in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Most of the people in the South are of English, Scottish, or Irish ancestry, or the descendants of African-American slaves. Some Southerners identify themselves as being of "American" ancestry.


A slice of pecan pie

The Southern United States has a culture somewhat different from the rest of the United States. They cook different foods such as pecan pie, pork and beef barbecue, and collard greens.