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10 Things to Do on the West Coast of USA
10 Things to Do on the West Coast of USA
Published: 2012/01/11
Channel: KILROY
USA - West Coast Road Trip: LA, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Vegas, Yosemite & San Francisco
USA - West Coast Road Trip: LA, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Vegas, Yosemite & San Francisco
Published: 2016/02/04
Channel: Paulo Picca
Amazing Roadtrip West Coast USA
Amazing Roadtrip West Coast USA
Published: 2016/08/03
Channel: Dalique89
U.S.A. - The West (USA) Vacation Travel Video Guide
U.S.A. - The West (USA) Vacation Travel Video Guide
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: Expoza Travel
USA West Coast Road Trip 2016 - GoPro 4 HD
USA West Coast Road Trip 2016 - GoPro 4 HD
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: Maarten Warson
US West Coast Landscapes in HD
US West Coast Landscapes in HD
Published: 2013/01/05
Channel: Sergey Shurygin
Roadtrip West Coast USA 2015
Roadtrip West Coast USA 2015
Published: 2016/03/19
Channel: Roberto Piroddi
89 - What ocean is on the west coast of the United States? - U.S. Citizenship Test
89 - What ocean is on the west coast of the United States? - U.S. Citizenship Test
Published: 2011/12/02
Channel: ESLbasics
Officials Admit Fukushima Radioactive Fish Off United States West Coast !
Officials Admit Fukushima Radioactive Fish Off United States West Coast !
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: Comex Joe
11/15/2017 -- Earthquake Unrest across West Coast USA, Europe + West Pacific = Be Prepared
11/15/2017 -- Earthquake Unrest across West Coast USA, Europe + West Pacific = Be Prepared
Published: 2017/11/15
Channel: dutchsinse
49 Day USA Road Trip 2014 - East and West Coast - GoPro Hero 3 Black [1080p]
49 Day USA Road Trip 2014 - East and West Coast - GoPro Hero 3 Black [1080p]
Published: 2015/08/26
Channel: To Ni
Crazy! Millions of Creatures Wash Ashore On West Coast of United States
Crazy! Millions of Creatures Wash Ashore On West Coast of United States
Published: 2015/05/04
Channel: DAHBOO77
7/29/2017 -- United States, West Coast, Midwest Earthquake update -- New unrest brewing = Keep watch
7/29/2017 -- United States, West Coast, Midwest Earthquake update -- New unrest brewing = Keep watch
Published: 2017/07/29
Channel: dutchsinse
California - The Golden State: West Coast of the USA
California - The Golden State: West Coast of the USA
Published: 2014/03/01
Channel: Bad Wolf Editing
West Coast America - 15 Day Western Discovery Tour - ATI Tours
West Coast America - 15 Day Western Discovery Tour - ATI Tours
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: Christopher Smith
11/15/2017 -- Earthquakes Progressing VISIBLY across Pacific -- Midwest USA hit, West coast on watch
11/15/2017 -- Earthquakes Progressing VISIBLY across Pacific -- Midwest USA hit, West coast on watch
Published: 2017/11/15
Channel: dutchsinse
USA Roadtrip 2014 – From the East Coast to the West Coast (GoPro Hero)
USA Roadtrip 2014 – From the East Coast to the West Coast (GoPro Hero)
Published: 2014/10/08
Channel: Dennis Schmelz
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2013 Pasadena Rose Parade
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2013 Pasadena Rose Parade
Published: 2013/01/02
Channel: Music213
USA Road Trip - West Coast To East Coast 2015
USA Road Trip - West Coast To East Coast 2015
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: Eric Stowers
11/12/2017 -- West Coast USA / California , Oregon , Washington -- Whole Plate in "Slow Slip Event"
11/12/2017 -- West Coast USA / California , Oregon , Washington -- Whole Plate in "Slow Slip Event"
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: dutchsinse
West vs. East Coast Stereotypes? | NYC - LA
West vs. East Coast Stereotypes? | NYC - LA
Published: 2014/08/28
Channel: TheYafaShow
FlRES EVERYWHERE On WESTCOAST: 3000-Year-Old GIANT SEQUOIA GROVE BURNS
FlRES EVERYWHERE On WESTCOAST: 3000-Year-Old GIANT SEQUOIA GROVE BURNS
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: James Munder
BREAKING NEWS  Fukushima causing major impact on united states west coast
BREAKING NEWS Fukushima causing major impact on united states west coast
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: macentertainment
Weird Weather Watch: Medicane + West Coast getting Pounded & East Coast Storm
Weird Weather Watch: Medicane + West Coast getting Pounded & East Coast Storm
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: thornews
Roadtrip USA West Coast | GoPro
Roadtrip USA West Coast | GoPro
Published: 2014/11/03
Channel: CLAP Productions
West Coast USA Roadtrip : 39 Days Exploring the Western United States
West Coast USA Roadtrip : 39 Days Exploring the Western United States
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Mike Gurskiy
Homeless crisis hits US West Coast
Homeless crisis hits US West Coast
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: PressTV News Videos
TRAVEL VLOG | WEST COAST 2016
TRAVEL VLOG | WEST COAST 2016
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: Julie Morton
Road Trip West Coast USA 2017
Road Trip West Coast USA 2017
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Rochelle Moes
West Coast Road Trip, Part 1
West Coast Road Trip, Part 1
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: Simon and Martina
8/21/2015 -- United States Earthquake Forecast -- Major Midwest Movement + West Coast buildup
8/21/2015 -- United States Earthquake Forecast -- Major Midwest Movement + West Coast buildup
Published: 2015/08/21
Channel: dutchsinse
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GoPro'n United States Road Trip 2016 - West Coast to East Coast and Back (1080p)
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: Justin Zabinski
West Coast Road Trip (United States)
West Coast Road Trip (United States)
Published: 2014/06/20
Channel: Christine Lavarda
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2017 Pasadena Rose Parade
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2017 Pasadena Rose Parade
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Music213
USA ROAD TRIP 2017 | Best of the West
USA ROAD TRIP 2017 | Best of the West
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Tobias Hallmayer
WEST COAST ROADTRIP
WEST COAST ROADTRIP
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Annie Tarasova
7/27/2017 -- West Coast USA Earthquake Update -- California, Oregon, Washington -- BE AWARE
7/27/2017 -- West Coast USA Earthquake Update -- California, Oregon, Washington -- BE AWARE
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: dutchsinse
WEST COAST NATS - CRUISE THE TRACK - PART 1
WEST COAST NATS - CRUISE THE TRACK - PART 1
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: Flinty460
WHICH WEST COAST CITY HAS THE BEST TRANSIT RAIL?
WHICH WEST COAST CITY HAS THE BEST TRANSIT RAIL?
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: Chris DePretis
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2013 Pasadena Bandfest
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2013 Pasadena Bandfest
Published: 2013/01/01
Channel: Music213
9/06/2017 -- West Coast USA Earthquake Unrest -- Pacific pressure spreading -- Be prepared
9/06/2017 -- West Coast USA Earthquake Unrest -- Pacific pressure spreading -- Be prepared
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: dutchsinse
598 CUBE HX PANEL VAN POWERSKID AT WEST COAST NATS
598 CUBE HX PANEL VAN POWERSKID AT WEST COAST NATS
Published: 2017/11/18
Channel: Flinty460
USA - West Coast Roadtrip (by Lekee)
USA - West Coast Roadtrip (by Lekee)
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: Matej Lešťan
Breaking: "West Coast America An Inferno Of Fire"
Breaking: "West Coast America An Inferno Of Fire"
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: Paul Begley
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2015 Pasadena Rose Parade
USMC West Coast Composite Band - 2015 Pasadena Rose Parade
Published: 2015/01/02
Channel: Music213
Road trip - West Coast, USA 2017
Road trip - West Coast, USA 2017
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: Martin V
2 Suns Over The West Coast Of The United States California
2 Suns Over The West Coast Of The United States California
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: Ufo Sightings Footage
Drive - USA West Coast Road Trip 2015 | GoPro Hero 4 1080p
Drive - USA West Coast Road Trip 2015 | GoPro Hero 4 1080p
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: Bernhard König
USA roadtrip, west coast 2016
USA roadtrip, west coast 2016
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Eliise
Major Earthquake Warning for the West Coast of the United States!
Major Earthquake Warning for the West Coast of the United States!
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Dawn's Heartfelt Corner
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West Coast of the United States
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The states shown in dark red are included in the term West Coast or Pacific Coast.
Population (2016)
 • Total 50,631,000
Time zone Pacific Standard Time (PST) (UTC−8:00)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) (UTC−7:00)
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the ISS on a pass down the American West Coast.

The West Coast or Pacific Coast is the coastline along which the contiguous Western United States meets the North Pacific Ocean. As a region, this term most often refers to the coastal states of California, Oregon and Washington. More specifically, it refers to an area defined on the east by the Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Census groups the five states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii together as the Pacific States division.[1]

Population[edit]

As of the 2010 Census, the estimated population of the Census Bureau's Pacific Region was approximately 47.8 million (56.9 million if Nevada and Arizona are included) – about 15.3% (18.2% with Nevada and Arizona) of US population.[2] The largest city on the west coast of the United States is Los Angeles.

Major cities[edit]

Major cities and metropolitan areas on the West Coast include (from north to south):

However, of these aforementioned cities and metropolitan areas, only Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego are directly on the open Pacific Ocean.

History[edit]

The history of the West Coast begins with the arrival of the earliest known humans of the Americas, Paleo-Indians, crossing the Bering Strait from Eurasia into North America over a land bridge, Beringia, that existed between 45,000 BCE and 12,000 BCE (47,000–14,000 years ago). Small isolated groups of hunter-gatherers migrated alongside herds of large herbivores far into Alaska. Between 16,500 BCE and 13,500 BCE (18,500–15,500 years ago), ice-free corridors developed along the Pacific coast and valleys of North America and possibly by sea.[3]

Alaska Natives, indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, and California indigenous peoples eventually descended from the Paleo-Indians. They developed various languages and established trade routes.[citation needed]

Later, Spanish, British, French, Russian, and American explorers and settlers began colonizing the area.[citation needed]

Climate[edit]

Köppen climate types of the US West Coast

The West Coast of the United States has an oceanic climate in its Northern edge towards the Canada–US border, but from the California border towards the Mexico–US border the climate is mediterranean. The coastline sees significantly mild temperatures when compared to the inland areas during summer. In far Northern California there is a difference of 17 °C (30 °F) between Eureka and Willow Creek in spite of only 25 miles (40 km) separating the locations and Willow Creek being located at a 500 metres (1,600 ft) elevation. Slightly narrower fluctuations can be seen all through the coastline, and could partially be explained by the cold currents in the Pacific Ocean moderating coastal temperatures and the mountain ranges blocking the maritime air from moving farther inland than its foothills during summer. Coastal fog is also prevalent in keeping shoreline temperatures cool. This does not only occur in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it also affects Santa Monica in Los Angeles, Southern California, with very little yearly temperature differences but with cool summers similar to those expected in Northern Europe. A short journey inland and summer temperatures are compatible with the rest of the United States on the same latitudes, sometimes warmer due to prevailing winds from the Nevada and Arizona hot desert climate.

Culture[edit]

Since the West Coast has been populated by immigrants more recently than the East Coast, its culture is considerably younger. Additionally, its demographic composition underlies its cultural difference from the rest of the United States. California's history first as a major Spanish colony, and later Mexican territory, has given the lower West Coast a distinctive Hispanic tone, which it also shares with the rest of the Southwest. Similarly, two of the three cities in which Asian Americans have concentrated, San Francisco and Los Angeles,[4][5][6] are located on the West Coast, with significant populations in other West Coast cities. San Francisco's Chinatown, the oldest in North America, is a vibrant cultural center[citation needed].

The West Coast also has a proportionally large share of green cities within the United States, which manifests itself in different cultural practices such as bicycling and organic gardening.[7]

On the other hand, the French writer Guillaume Faye, comparing California to Europe, wrote that "as super-America, California stands out as the absolute antithesis of authentic Europe[...] California has set itself up as the world centre of the simulacrum and the inauthentic, as the absolute synthesis of "cool" Stalinism. An hysterical land; focus and meeting-place for the rootless, California is the land of non-history, of the non-event, but at the same time the site of the constant swirl, the uninterrupted rhythm of fashion, that is to say, the site of tremors going nowhere, those tremors which so obsess it, constantly threatened as it is by earthquakes."[8] Other writers, like Jean Baudrillard, Mike Davis, and Umberto Eco, have made related statements on Californian culture.[9][10][11]

In the Northwest, Portland and Seattle are both considered among the coffee capitals of the world.[12] While Starbucks originated in Seattle, both towns are known for small-scale coffee roasters and independent coffeeshops. In the Pacific Northwest at large, which includes the Canadian west coast, the culture has been significantly shaped by the environment, especially by its forests, mountains, and rain. This may account for the fact that the Northwest has many high-quality libraries and bookshops (most notably Powell's Books and the Seattle Central Library) and a "bibliophile soul".[13] The region also has a marginal, but growing independence movement based on bioregionalism and a Cascadian identity.[14] The Cascadian flag has become a popular image at Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers games.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U. S. Census Regions and Divisions". U.S. Energy Information Administration. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "United States Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey. Summed estimates for CA, OR, WA, AK, and HI". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "First Americans Endured 20,000-Year Layover – Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News". Retrieved 2009-11-18. Archaeological evidence, in fact, recognizes that people started to leave Beringia for the New World around 40,000 years ago, but rapid expansion into North America did not occur until about 15,000 years ago, when the ice had literally broken. 
  4. ^ "Selected Population Profile in the United States". United States Census Bureau. United States Department of Commerce. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Lee, Sharon M. (1998). "Asian Americans: Diverse and Growing" (PDF). Population Bulletin. Population Reference Bureau. 53 (2). Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ng, Franklin (1998). The History and Immigration of Asian Americans. Taylor & Francis. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-8153-2690-8. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top ten green U.S. cities". Mother Nature Network. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Utopia Achieved: How Can Anyone Be European?". International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ Baudrillard, Jean (1989). America. Verso. 
  10. ^ Davis, Mike (1990). City of Quartz. Verso. 
  11. ^ Eco, Umberto (1990). Travels in Hyperreality. Mariner Books. 
  12. ^ "World's 10 best cities for coffee". USA Today. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Pacific Northwest: bicycles, bookshops, weirdness and coffee". The Guardian. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  14. ^ "The People Who Wouldn't Mind if the Pacific Northwest Were Its Own Country". Vice. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 

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