Differences between Coastal and Inland United States

The New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.
United States’ northeast coast. The city of Boston is marked with a pin.
Storefronts and a clock tower on the main street of a classic, or old-fashioned, small town in inland United States.

The United States has two main geographical hubs; the northeast coast and the southwest coast. The northeast coast, dating all the way back to the United States’ inception, is the main center for government, big business and higher education. In line with this, iconic institutions like the White House, Wall Street and Harvard are located here. The southwest coast, in turn, is the leading center for cinema production and the innovative tech industry. Its hallmarks are Hollywood movies out of Los Angeles and tech giants from the San Francisco area.

More fast-paced

Due to them being busy hubs, the previously mentioned coastal regions have more foreign influences, are more fast-paced and get disproportionately more media exposure than inland United States. This means that coastal dwellers often change their lifestyle before other Americans do, and also get important media coverage to spread their new values and ideas to the rest of the country. People in the inland regions, as a result, often become aware of and influenced by coastal trends via TV, social media and early adopters of the new trends whom they see around town.

The classic United States

Nevertheless, for better or for worse, not every trend that is being promoted on the two coasts is adopted by a majority of the people between the coasts — at least not right away. This means that inland United States, in some respects, still looks the way America used to look in the past. In a sense, therefore, heartland America represents the classic United States that most Americans, including people on the coast, recognize and to some extent identify with.