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This map shows the US really has 11 separate ‘nations’ with entirely different cultures

Each region in the United States, from "Yankeedom" to "El Norte," has its own cultural identity, says author Colin Woodard. The cultural differences between them contribute to the political tensions between THE states and how they fit into the US overall.
The United States is divided into many different regions and subregions — and not everyone agrees on where each state falls.

Even the US government can’t agree on how to divide up the states into regions

The United States is made up of many different regions and subregions. Government agencies have different ways of grouping the states based on geography, culture, or other factors.
Regions of America that transcend state lines include the Bible Belt and the Rust Belt.

The US is split into more than a dozen ‘belts’ defined by industry, weather, and even health

Have you heard of the Jell-O Belt? Or the Stroke Belt? As it turns out, there are more than a dozen US regions that go by a "belt" moniker, each sharing a set of characteristics that set it apart from the US as a whole.
Guests enjoy the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Why no one can agree where the South really is

The South is the fastest growing region in the United States, but not everyone agrees on where the South actually is. Experts are often at odds with public perception when it comes to states like Texas, Missouri, Maryland, and Delaware.

Robots are only taking jobs in a narrow part of the country — but that’s affecting all of us

Fears of an imminent robot takeover of the workplace have gained traction after recent advances on self-driving vehicles and increasingly automated factories.