Southern United States refers to the area bounded by the Gulf of Mexico
to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Ohio River to the
north. Florida, plus the "Deep South" states of Georgia, Alabama,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, are included
in the South. Adjacent states up to the Maxon-Dixon line, including
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Kentucky are often
considered part of the South, as are nearby states to the west of the
Mississippi River, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Southern real estate ranges from retirement communities and Gulf Coast
vacation homes to urban and suburban homes, farmland, and golf resorts.
The heritage of the South is ever-present in its Civil War memorials, and
today the "New South" features a vibrant industrial economy and a healthy
agricultural sector. With its relaxed, unhurried lifestyle, it entices
tourists to visit its antebellum plantations and stroll along its ocean
beaches. The Appalachian range runs from northeast to southwest through
the South, giving way to Atlantic and Gulf coast piedmonts and plains.
Southern winters are relatively mild while springs arrive gradually with
the budding of camellias, magnolias, and azaleas. Summers are hot
and humid, giving way to pleasant autumn days.
Atlanta is the commercial capital of the Southeast; Nashville is a magnet
for country music fans; New Orleans is known for its jazz and Memphis for
its blues music; Orlando is the site of entertainment venues like Disney
World; Myrtle Beach is a popular oceanfront destination and tourists flock
to the Florida Gulf Coast during the winter months. To the west, in
Texas, Dallas is a commercial center and Houston is an important petroleum
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