The Mid-Atlantic region includes the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland and can also include Virginia and West Virginia. Washington D.C. is also part of this region. The states in this region share similarities in commerce, geography and climate
The Mid-Atlantic region was settled by a variety of European immigrants, including Dutch, Italian, German and Swedish settlers. Some of the largest cities on the East Coast are in this region: New York City in New York, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and Baltimore in Maryland. Politically, as of 2014, this region has been primarily Democratic for the past six presidential elections, with Virginia and West Virginia being more Republican.
The Mid-Atlantic region contains several geographic features, such as the Chesapeake Bay and Appalachian Mountains. The influences on the climate here include the Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes. Summers tend to be hot and humid with average temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The western portions of the region experience lake-effect snow during the winter.