::Gulf Coast of the United States


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States that border the Gulf of Mexico are shown in red.
Night time astronaut image of the northern Gulf coast.

The Gulf Coast of the United States includes the coasts of the Southern U.S. states that share a border with the Gulf of Mexico. This includes the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, which are known as the Gulf States.

The economy of the Gulf Coast area is dominated by industries related to fishing, aerospace, agriculture, and tourism. The large cities of the region are (from west to east) Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Galveston, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and increasingly, Sarasota; all are the centers of their respective metropolitan areas and contain large ports. (Baton Rouge is relatively far from the Gulf of Mexico; its port is on the Mississippi River, as is the port of New Orleans.)

Gulf Coast of the United States sections
Intro  Geography  Economic activities  History  Metropolitan areas  Transportation  See also  Notes  Further reading  External links  

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