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Where, exactly, is 'The Midwest'?

A new poll from the Middle West Review surveyed respondents from 22 states asking if they consider themselves Midwesterners. It included states not typically listed as part of the region — and found that a lot of people want to lay claim to Midwestern identity.

A research journal called the Middle West Review released the results of what it describes as the “largest-ever study on who considers themselves to be Midwesterners.” Researchers collected about 11,000 responses from 22 states, including the 12 designated as Midwest by the U.S Census bureau, and 10 on the fringes of what might typically be considered the region.

KCUR's Nomin Ujiyediin spoke with Jon Lauck, Editor-in-Chief of the Middle West Review, about the survey and what it tell us about Midwestern identity.

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