West Region

Facts about the West Region

Social data of the West

There are 13 states in the West region. There is an estimated population of 71,995,553. The literacy rates are 99% for male and 99% for female, ages 15 and over can read and write. As of 2010 only 15.1% are living below the poverty line. The top ranking colleges in the West include California Polytechnic State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Western Washington University, California State University, and Evergreen State College.

Demographics of the West:

24.3% Hispanic/Latino

12.1% of some other race

7.9% Asian

4.9% Black or African American

4.3% two or more races

1.8% American Indian and Alaskan Native

0.5% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander

Economic data of the West

The average earnings of the West region is $74,000. The unemployment rate is 11.3%. Most of the jobs around the West are agriculture and working in factories. Some agriculture the West is known for in California's oranges, Washington's onions, Idaho's potatoes, and Oregon's logging.

West Coast Rappers

Significant event in the 1990's

East Coast vs. West Coast Rappers

Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1996, 6 months before Biggie Smalls was shot and killed in Brooklyn, New York.

Most of their songs are about east coast - west coast rivalry.

The fights between Biggie and Tupac changed hip hop forever.