The five states that border the Pacific Ocean are California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. The proximity of the states to the Pacific Ocean affects their climate. Along the coast, temperatures vary by as much as 19 degrees Fahrenheit from those 100 miles inland. Washington and Oregon have an oceanic climate, while California enjoys a Mediterranean one. Areas along the ocean often experience small seasonal temperature variations.Continue Reading
While the Census Bureau lumps the Pacific region with the mountain states, the area along the ocean tends to be more liberal than the mountain states they border. The Democratic presidential candidate carried all the Pacific states, with the exception of Alaska, in every election between 1992 and 2012. According to demographics, the West Coast tends to be more diverse, with large Hispanic and Asian populations. As of the 2010 Census, the states bordering the Pacific Ocean account for more than 15 percent of the population of the United States, or almost 48 million people.
As European settlement of the United States began along the East Coast, the culture in the West is much younger. However, the first people to come to the area now known as the United States crossed a land bridge across the Bering Sea and lived in the Pacific regions. Later, European and American explorers started settlement.Learn more about Bodies of Water
The continents of Antarctica, Asia, Australia, South America and North America touch the Pacific Ocean. Only Africa and Europe have no land that touches the Pacific.Full Answer >
The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1513. He was standing on a mountaintop in Panama when he saw the ocean. Balboa walked into the ocean and claimed it in the name of Spain.Full Answer >
The five states in the United States that do not have a state-level sales tax as of 2014 are Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon. However, Alaska does have local-level sales tax in some cities, and Delaware does apply a tax on business purchases.Full Answer >
The average water temperature of the Pacific Ocean varies according to location. In some regions near the equator, such as Guam, the ocean temperature reaches 86 degrees Fahrenheit, while near the poles, the water temperature dips to 2 below zero.Full Answer >