The East Coast is comprised of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, as well as the District of Columbia. In general, East Coast states are classified as those that border the Atlantic Ocean, but Vermont in New England and a very small portion of Pennsylvania do not.
The closest ocean beach to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for example, is a six-hour journey away. The same may be said about upstate New York. More than one-third of the United States’ population resides in one of the East Coast states. Additionally, the East Coast is the richest region in the United States. Seven of the ten wealthiest states, including the wealthiest state, Maryland, are located on the East Coast. Other prosperous East Coast states include Virginia, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia. The fundamental reason for the East Coast’s wealth is that many inhabitants’ annual household earnings have increased since the year 2000, when most family incomes in the rest of the United States began to decline.