What is Wrong With This Map of the Continental United States?

I was reading an article online earlier today which included sponsored advertisements, and one of these advertisements included a map of the continental United States divided into several regions.

What is Wrong With This Map of the Continental United States?

I then noticed immediately that something is wrong with the map shown. Upon glancing at it a few more times, I noticed at least three similar things wrong with it.

Wrong Map

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I counted four things that are wrong on this map, can you find them all? Are there more problems that I did not catch? I cannot wait to read your guesses and responses in the comments section.

All photographs ©2019 by Matthew Cohen.

14 thoughts on “What is Wrong With This Map of the Continental United States?”

  1. Aaron Lynn says:

    Holy missing states, Batman!

  2. Robert says:


    1. Robert says:

      Virginia, Maryland

  3. lenin1991 says:

    Colorado and West Virginia are missing. But maybe that’s on purpose, no one ever knows what region to group them in.

    1. Matthew Cohen says:

      That is true, Colorado and West Virginia are in a category where there is much debate as to which region they are a part of. This is also the first map I found that placed Ohio in the northeast United States instead of the Midwest.

  4. William Modlin says:

    Virginia is NOT missing. At a minimum Maryland, West Virginia and Colorado are missing. Can’t tell if they also missed either Alaska or Hawaii.

  5. Dave H says:

    West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and Colorado all seem to be missing!

    1. Matthew Cohen says:

      It seems that you are well aware of Delaware! You were the first one to find all four missing states.

  6. Christian says:

    I’m kind of partial to Maryland so I wish they’d bring it back. Rhode Island too for tradition’s sake. I know the fact that American knowledge of geography is a worldwide joke, but sheesh.

  7. derek says:

    Missing Colorado, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Alaska, Hawaii. Florida is chopped off partly.

    The divisions also don’t respect regions. For example, Louisiana is part of the South (or Southeast). Ohio should be part of the Midwest, not Northeast (although some claim that the Midwest is really Iowa and Nebraska and the like, not Ohio)

  8. kerrigjl says:

    Michigan is gone, too.

    1. Russ says:

      Michigan is there.

  9. Mike says:

    I think its all about the quiz the states are grouped by regions we know them to be, they are grouped by common area habits. There are a series of personality questions that help determine which region you grew up in. Type of food you like, # of syllables in certain words, etc., but I’m still not sure why states are missing, maybe they are melting pot states they could not define common personality traits from?

  10. Russ says:

    Wow, this is one of the few times I’ve seen the upper peninsula of Michigan in its proper place…as a part of Michigan and not Wisconsin.

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