What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Southeast Region of the United States?

The southeast region of the United States is unique, among other areas, in its history, being home to some of the nation's oldest communities; and in its geography, featuring the continent's longest river and largest subtropical wilderness area. Twelve states make up the region, and each one contributes to the region's distinctive nature.

Some definitions of the southeast region include only seven states: Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. However, others include Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The following facts include those from all 12 states in the region.

  • The Florida Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness area in the entire North American continent.
  • Florida is the most populous state in the region.
  • The most popular cruise ship port in the world is the port of Miami.
  • Richmond, the state capital of Virginia, was the Confederacy capital during the American Civil War.
  • The Pentagon, located in Virginia, is the largest low-rise office building in the world.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia is the largest bridge and tunnel combination of its kind at 23 miles in length.
  • Georgia was named in honor of the English king George II.
  • The town of St. Marys in Georgia is the United States' second oldest city.
  • Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886.
  • The Mississippi River is the longest in North America.
  • North Carolina suffered more casualties than any other Confederate state in the American Civil War, losing 20,000 soldiers in battle and more to illness.