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What states border the Atlantic Ocean?

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The states in the U.S. that border the Atlantic Ocean include Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland and Massachusetts. In addition, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia also border the Atlantic Ocean. Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama border a part of the Atlantic Ocean known as the Gulf of Mexico.

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What states border the Atlantic Ocean?
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The states that directly border the Atlantic Ocean have a combined coastline of 2,069 miles. The states that border the Gulf of Mexico have a total coastline length of 1,631 miles.

States bordering the Atlantic Ocean are typically known as East Coast states. The northernmost of these states is Maine, and the southernmost state is Florida. Important cities that lie along the Atlantic Ocean coastline include Boston, New York City, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Virginia Beach, Kitty Hawk, Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah, Daytona Beack, West Palm Beach, Miami and Key West.

Geographical features along the coastline include Cape Hatteras, Cape May, Myrtle Beach, Roanoke Island, the barrier islands and the Chesapeake Bay. The I-95 corridor runs down the Atlantic coastline from New York to Florida. The earliest U.S. colony, Jamestown, Virginia, was located along the Atlantic Ocean coastline, which was settled by colonists who crossed the Atlantic from Europe.

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