The most commonly used modern definition of Appalachia is the one initially defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission in 1965 and expanded over subsequent decades. The region defined by the Commission currently includes 420 counties and eight independent cities in 13 states, including all of West Virginia, 14 counties in New York, 52 in Pennsylvania, 32 in Ohio, 3 in Maryland, 54 in Kentucky, 25 counties and 8 cities in Virginia, 29 in North Carolina, 52 in Tennessee, 6 in South Carolina, 37 in Georgia, 37 in Alabama, and 24 in Mississippi. When the Commission was established, counties were added based on economic need, however, rather than any cultural parameters
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Richard Quintano wrote:Thanks but that seems like a really huge geographic area. Was hoping to focus on on a drivable area of maybe 2-3 hours.
Appalachia does include a ton of different regions in several states. (NY to GA and AL, so says Wikipedia.) And tons and TONS more people are moving into Appalachia every year, which makes regional distinctions even more important, I think.
I think that it would be useful to call your area something like the "Cumberland Watershed" area or something.
(One idea for my area is that it could usefully be "South Central Appalachia" as it is here: Subregions in Appalachia according to the ARC. Useful--however, I think that Permies probably should classify regional areas more with respect to watersheds, etc. that nearly always cross state boundaries, so I should come up with something more region-specific than that.)
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