West Coast of the United States

The West Coast of the United States, also known as the Pacific Coast, Pacific states, and the western seaboard, is the coastline along which the Western United States meets the North Pacific Ocean. The term typically refers to the contiguous U.S. states of California, Oregon, and Washington, but sometimes includes Alaska and Hawaii, especially by the United States Census Bureau as a U.S. geographic division.

West Coast of the United States
Location of the West Coast (red)

in the United States (tan)

as defined by the Census Bureau.
Country United States
Principal citiesLos Angeles
San Diego
San Jose
San Francisco
Sacramento
Portland
Seattle
Anchorage
Honolulu
Largest cityLos Angeles
Largest metropolitan areaGreater Los Angeles
Area
  Total1,009,688 sq mi (2,615,080 km2)
  Land895,287 sq mi (2,318,780 km2)
  Water21,433 sq mi (55,510 km2)
  Coastal28,913 sq mi (74,880 km2)
Highest elevation20,310 ft (6,190.5 m)
Lowest elevation−282 ft (−86 m)
Population
 (2020)
  Total53,669,422[lower-alpha 1]
Time zone
MountainUTC−7:00
  Summer (DST)UTC−6:00
PacificUTC−8:00
  Summer (DST)UTC−7:00
AlaskaUTC−9:00
  Summer (DST)UTC−8:00
HawaiiUTC−10:00

With the exception of Alaska, the Democratic Party has dominated West Coast politics in contemporary history, with the states consistently voting for Democrats in elections at various levels. Four out of five West Coast states have voted for Democrats in presidential elections since 1992, three of which have done so since 1988.


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