A very loose term or figure-of-speech referring to the north-central or central United States that is actually a collection of several geographic regions stretching from Ohio to the Dakotas and often include the Rustbelt (Ohio, Michigan, far northern Indiana and sometimes western Pennsylvania which isn’t really in the Midwest at all), the Great Lakes (Ohio, there’s Pennsylvania again, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and usually Minnesota) and the Great Plains (Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and northern Texas). Sometimes, and for some reason, even Oklahoma and northern Texas are included. Other terms to refer to the Midwest are the Corn Belt, the world’s biggest cornfield, America’s Breadbasket, tornado alley and “fly-over territory.” Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis are its largest single cities (when considering the Midwest as it is usually identified) while Illinois, Ohio and Michigan are its most populated states (unless you consider Texas as part of the Midwest). Other important cities include Columbus, OH, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita, Omaha and sometimes Louisville, KY, Dallas, Oklahoma City or Tulsa may be included for some reason.

Chicago: very cosmopolitan. The Midwestern version of New York. It has a huge lakefront, tons of culture, diversity, museums, tons of shopping especially along Michigan Avenue, awesome architecture and the country’s second largest skyline after Midtown Manahttan, one of the worlds busiest airports, eclectic housing options including highrise condos along Lincoln Park. It has anything and everything you want.
Detroit: grime and grit, ghetto as hell and among America’s poorest and crime-ridden cities, no jobs because they’ve all left, tons of crime and violence, poor black people, poor white people, white dudes who think they can rap, a number of large and wealthy suburbs however, good casinos though.
Indianapolis: 12th largest US city, 3rd largest Midwest city and largest in land area, Indiana’s capital, the fastest-growing large metro area in the Midwest, now in the midst of changing its reputation from a decaying industrial center to a much more vibrant one, has the largest single-day sporting event (the Indy 500), is basketball crazy, home to the NCAA, a downtown renneisance to include Circle Center and White River State Park, better shopping than decades past, plenty of soccer moms, Indianapolis is definately making a comeback, it is often a very under-rated city.
St. Louis: the gateway arch., tons of crime and violence
Minneapolis: near lots of water, tons of shopping including the Mall of America
Cleveland: Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Shame…err, I mean Fame
Columbus, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Milwaukee really don’t have much to see but have potential.
Louisville: doesn't know wheather it's Midwestern or Southern and has an identity crisis

The Midwest is a very diverse region and is America’s manufacturing and agricultural center, despite being so dam flat. You will find industrial towns, college towns, farming communities, Amish settlements, suburban yuppies, ghettos, inner-city niggas and gangstas and plenty of soccer moms. Its two leading industries are the production of transportation equipment and steel. Detroit is the home of the “Big three” of the auto industry and the steel industry is found mostly in Gary, Indiana and Pittsburgh. However, Chicago is the Midwest’s largest manufacturing center. The Midwest is also called the Rust Belt because many of its auto or steel plants have either closed or laid off numerous workers over the past several decades. Detroit and the rest of Michigan have lost the most jobs of anywhere else in the United States and the state of Michigan has the country’s highest unemployment rate. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not fair much better. Despite some of the Midwest’s shortcomings, it is among the most agriculturally productive regions of the world. The Midwest’s extremely fertile soil makes it the nation’s leader in the production of corn and soybeans, its two largest cash crops. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska lead the U.S. in the production of corn and soybeans. Wisconsin has the nation’s highest production of dairy products per-capita. Nebraska and Texas (which again, sometimes has a Midwestern label) produce huge amounts of beef. Kansas is the largest producer in the U.S. for wheat.

Midwest culture is stereotyped by many as nothing but hicks, farmers, bigotted, narrow-minded people. Yes, it has a lot of those but most Midwesterners are no more that way than anywhere else, especially in the redneck South. They work in ALL industries and come from ALL walks of life. They are generally a conservative, friendly folk who see the real value in life and are not often driven by materialism like conceited Californians. They think family and faith are very important. In the far northern states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, many people own a cabin or “second home” away from the city in northern rural areas, to go boating, snow skiing, water skiing, hunting or fishing. The first day of hunting season is practically a holiday in Michigan, where even schools close. Midwesterners are also a diverse folk, reflected in their politics. Liberal Democrats are strong in Michigan (probably due to the labor unions), Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota while Republicans and the “red states” are strong mostly everywhere else. The states of Iowa and Ohio often fluctuate between the two. Ohio is an important political “swing” state in Presidential elections and has decided the winner of the White House in all elections for the past 100 years. This proves, “You can’t win the White House without winning Ohio.”

The Midwest is known for its extreme climate, especially severe winters. Although much of the southern halves of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas aren’t usually too bad and don’t see much snowfall. You wont actually see much snow in Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis or Kansas City. But look out and get some tire chains if you are from Detroit (and frankly all of Michigan), Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis or Omaha.
The Midwest gets a bad rap from outsiders, probably due to its cold weather, flat land and a general lack of culture.
by krock1dk November 17, 2007
Top Definition
1) Region that the U.S. Census Bureau claims is comprised of these twelve states:

Ohio
Indiana
Illinois
Michigan
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa
Nebraska
North Dakota
South Dakota
Kansas
Missouri

2) Region in the United States that is in the central time zone and north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

The climate is extreme but the people are moderate.
The show was a hit in the Midwest before its popularity spread outward.
by AbnormalBoy April 19, 2004
A massed region that is thought to be full of hicks and more conservative people with dull, boring accents. These are bigotted, narrow-minded people from other regions who say this. The Midwest isn't a bad place at all.
I love the Midwest and the people.
by Bush Fan November 30, 2004
A massed region that attaches 13 states together. They include the following: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.
This is a huge area that is seen by many people in several different ways. Some think its boring, and full of hicks. Or, they love it, consider it a vacation area, and would love to raise a family there. It was mostly settled by people from the Northeast, Virginia, West Virginia, and every part of Kentucky. German and Irish immigrants also contributed heavily to settling this large area.
During the Civil War the area produced some of the finest, bravest Union regiments of the conflict. Later on, the Midwest would become a strong industrial/agricultural power in the world. It's cities are now major diverse, major educational centers.
The Midwest, one of the finest and most fun places to be.
by The Kentucky Yankee August 01, 2004
Where it's at.
No plastic west-coasters, and no snobby east-coasters.
In other words, the best kept secret in America.

Home of
deep-dish pizza,
motown music,
cheese,
friendly faces,
a bangin' theatre scene,
corn,
the gateway to the west,
affordable living,
and a hell of a lot of lakes.
life's the best in the the midwest...
M!DW3$+ 4 £YF3
by Lars Honeytoast March 11, 2009
The massed region that I call home. It is composed of the following states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. This is the greatest part of America, if you ask me. The largest cities in the Midwest include: Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, Omaha, Louisville, Cleveland, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, Des Moines, Fargo, Sioux Falls, Madison, Cincinnati, Evansville, Rockford, and Minneapolis.
The Midwest is the only place I'll ever call home.
by Straight from E-ville April 16, 2005
kansas city, st louis, chicago, detroit, indianapolis, minneapolis, milwaukee, omaha, wichita
i'm from the midwest
by damon February 03, 2005
Okay, I was going to be really mean and say how crappy I think the midwest is. But, with the exception of Missouri (which was actually kind of pretty) and Kansas (which was too flat for my taste), I've not really seen the midwest. And I know plenty of people from the midwest who are really nice and cool. Sure, midwesterners get labeled as fat, boring and backward, but hey, you can find people like that all over the country, right? I don't think the midwest has a monopoly.

I admit, I must have the deserts of Arizona, the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of California, the spicy food of the southwest, and the sunshine all over the west, but I'm sure the midwest has it's share of interesting stuff too.

Anyway, we're all Americans, so what difference does it make?
The midwest probably gets slammed by people who have never even been there, or just passed through.
by Desert Dan March 31, 2006
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