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The Midwest is a general term for the population and cultural center of the United States, in between the Northeast, the South and the West. The Midwest consists roughly of ten states bordering the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and Lake Michigan. Midwestern states include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. Many farmers from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Scandinavia settled in rural areas of the Midwest, thus Germanic influence is strong within those states mentioned.

The Midwest started and continues to lead the conservative movement, featuring a unique mixture of intellectual force and faith. The South tends to rely more on faith and the northeast more on intellect.

Cultural influence

Many of the greatest writers, painters, architects, and rock stars have come from the Midwest, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Lloyd Wright, Grant Wood ("American Gothic"), and John Cougar Mellencamp.

President Donald Trump's surprise victory in 2016 was due mostly to carrying Midwestern states previously won by Democrats, including Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Future presidential elections are likely to be won or lost in the Midwest.

Famous actors and actresses from the Midwest include Marlon Brando (dubbed the greatest movie actor ever),[1] Clark Gable and Judy Garland.[2]