Regional Designations

Capitalize regions within the United States as nouns, e.g., East Coast and the Midwest. Generally lowercase adjectives, e.g. the northern U.S., western Pennsylvania. (An exception is Southern California.) Lowercase when referring to central Maine or the state of Maine. Belgrade Lakes is capitalized.

Right: Colby and the Belgrade Lakes are located in central Maine.
Right: The sun sets in the west.
Right: America’s water crisis is worst in the West.
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