The Midwest is a general term for the population and cultural center of the United States, in between the Northeast, the South and the West. The Midwest consists roughly of ten states bordering the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and Lake Michigan. Midwestern states include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska. Many farmers from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Scandinavia settled in rural areas of the Midwest, thus Germanic influence is strong within those states mentioned.
The Midwest started and continues to lead the conservative movement, featuring a unique mixture of intellectual force and faith. The South tends to rely more on faith and the northeast more on intellect.