Population Figures for the American Nations, 2020 Census Edition

The American Nations Today / Credit: Colin Woodard and Tufts Magazine

For those with an interest in the regional model set forth in American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, here are population figures for the U.S. portions of each of the nations as per the 2020 census and the rate of growth or loss for each since the 2010 census: [UPDATE 8/25/23: We applied a range of small corrections to this data set after discovering a handful of small coding errors, most relating to small county units that split or were renamed resulting in FIPS code changes.]

Regional Culture2020 PopulationGrowth since 2010
Greater Appalachia       61,533,0607.90%
Yankeedom       55,039,2562.80%
Deep South       45,601,3109.30%
Midlands       38,376,0523.45%
El Norte       34,345,2236.20%
Far West       30,514,17210.30%
Left Coast       20,899,0976.00%
New Netherland       18,804,2459.80%
Tidewater       13,199,5549.00%
Spanish Caribbean         8,222,78610.60%
New France         2,866,8603.90%
Greater Polynesia         1,455,2716.50%
First Nation              67,5806.80%

(Thanks to Tova Perlman and her colleagues at the cultural geospatial consultancy Motivf for the calculations.) 

More demographic and economic information to come, but observe that Yankeedom has the slowest growth of all the U.S. portions of these regional cultures (probably true of Canadian Yankeedom as well, I’d speculate) while the Far West is the fastest growing of the major U.S. cultures and the Spanish Caribbean’s South Florida enclave the fastest of all. 

Motivf and I last posted American Nations data on vaccination rates by nation, which is now posted here at Nationhood Lab. Working with other partners I’ve also posted data on rural vs urban voting patterns and the 2016 presidential and 2020 presidential elections.