Tri-State Areas in the United States.

Tri-State Areas.

Fascinating Intersections: Tri-State Areas, where three states converge, foster unique cultural, economic, and social dynamics due to their proximity to multiple states. This exploration delves into their significance across the US, highlighting notable examples.

What are Tri-State Areas?

These regions, with 62 recognized instances across the US, mark the meeting point of three states. Each area boasts distinct cultural, economic, and social characteristics.


  • New York Metropolitan Area: Encompassing New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, with iconic cities like New York City.
  • Cincinnati Tri-State Area: Anchored by Cincinnati and spanning Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Area: Highlighted by Kansas City and Overland Park, spanning Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas.


  • Economic Hubs: These areas drive economic activity for the surrounding states.
  • Cultural Centers: They foster a blend of different cultures, creating a unique identity.
  • Administrative Nodes: They serve as regional centers for various administrative functions.

New York’s Tri-State Status:

New York City’s location at the convergence of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut earned it this nickname, signifying its importance as a major metropolitan area.

Notable Tri-Cities:

  • Within Tri-State Areas:
    • Detroit: Detroit (Michigan), Windsor (Ontario, Canada), and Toledo (Ohio)
    • New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens
  • Texas Examples:
    • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
    • San Antonio-New Braunfels
Tri-State Areas.
Here are all 62 Tri-State area in United States
No.Tri-State AreaStates IncludedMajor Cities
1New York Metropolitan AreaNew York, New Jersey, ConnecticutNew York City, Newark, Jersey City, Bridgeport, Stamford
2Philadelphia Tri-State AreaPennsylvania, New Jersey, DelawarePhiladelphia, Camden, Wilmington
3Cincinnati Tri-State AreaOhio, Kentucky, IndianaCincinnati, Covington, Newport
4Huntington-Ashland Tri-State AreaWest Virginia, Kentucky, OhioHuntington, Ashland, Ironton
5Memphis Tri-State AreaTennessee, Arkansas, MississippiMemphis, Southaven, West Memphis
6Bristol Tri-Cities (TN/VA)Tennessee, VirginiaBristol, Kingsport, Johnson City
7Kansas City Metropolitan AreaMissouri, Kansas, KansasKansas City, Overland Park, Kansas City
8Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk Tri-State AreaIllinois, Missouri, IowaQuincy, Hannibal, Keokuk
9Pittsburgh Tri-State AreaPennsylvania, West Virginia, OhioPittsburgh, Wheeling, Steubenville
10Dubuque Tri-State AreaIowa, Illinois, WisconsinDubuque, Galena, Platteville
11Cumberland Tri-State AreaMaryland, West Virginia, PennsylvaniaCumberland, Morgantown, Uniontown
12Matamoras-Middletown Tri-State AreaPennsylvania, New Jersey, New YorkMatamoras, Middletown, Port Jervis
13Port Arthur Tri-City AreaTexas, Louisiana, MississippiPort Arthur, Beaumont, Orange
14Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Tri-CitiesIowa, Illinois, MissouriDavenport, Moline, Rock Island
15Sioux City Tri-State AreaIowa, Nebraska, South DakotaSioux City, South Sioux City, North Sioux City
16Lake Charles Tri-CitiesLouisiana, TexasLake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake
17Weirton-Steubenville Tri-State AreaWest Virginia, Ohio, PennsylvaniaWeirton, Steubenville, East Liverpool
18Joplin Tri-State AreaMissouri, Kansas, OklahomaJoplin, Pittsburg, Miami
19Texarkana Tri-State AreaTexas, Arkansas, LouisianaTexarkana, AR/TX; Texarkana, TX/LA
20Clarksville Tri-State AreaTennessee, Kentucky, AlabamaClarksville, Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell
21Cumberland Gap Tri-State AreaKentucky, Tennessee, VirginiaMiddlesboro, Harrogate, Cumberland Gap
22Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan AreaNorth Dakota, Minnesota, South DakotaFargo, Moorhead, West Fargo
23La Crosse Tri-State AreaWisconsin, Minnesota, IowaLa Crosse, Onalaska, La Crescent
24Dubois County Tri-State AreaIndiana, Kentucky, IllinoisJasper, Huntingburg, Ferdinand
25Medford-Ashland AreaOregon, CaliforniaMedford, Ashland, Grants Pass
26Albuquerque Metropolitan AreaNew Mexico, Texas, ColoradoAlbuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe
27Ames-Boone-Newton Combined Statistical AreaIowa, Minnesota, IllinoisAmes, Boone, Newton
28Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan AreaTexas, Louisiana, MississippiBeaumont, Port Arthur, Orange
29Bellingham Metropolitan AreaWashington, British Columbia, British ColumbiaBellingham, Ferndale, Mount Vernon
30Bloomington-Normal Metropolitan AreaIllinois, Indiana, MissouriBloomington, Normal, Pontiac
31Blytheville Metropolitan AreaArkansas, Missouri, TennesseeBlytheville, Kennett, Osceola
32Bowling Green Metropolitan AreaKentucky, Tennessee, West VirginiaBowling Green, Glasgow, Franklin
33Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan AreaVermont, New York, New HampshireBurlington, South Burlington, Essex
34Charleston Metropolitan AreaWest Virginia, Ohio, KentuckyCharleston, Huntington, Ashland
35Chattanooga Metropolitan AreaTennessee, Georgia, AlabamaChattanooga, Cleveland, Dalton
36Chico Metropolitan AreaCalifornia, Oregon, NevadaChico, Paradise, Oroville
37Columbus Metropolitan AreaOhio, Indiana, KentuckyColumbus, Dublin, Westerville
38Corvallis Metropolitan AreaOregon, Washington, IdahoCorvallis, Albany, Lebanon
39Dover Metropolitan AreaDelaware, Maryland, New JerseyDover, Smyrna, Milford
40Eau Claire Metropolitan AreaWisconsin, Minnesota, IowaEau Claire, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls
41Elizabethtown Metropolitan AreaKentucky, Indiana, OhioElizabethtown, Bardstown, Campbellsville
42Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan AreaIndiana, Michigan, OhioElkhart, Goshen, Nappanee
43Evansville Metropolitan AreaIndiana, Kentucky, IllinoisEvansville, Henderson, Owensboro
44Farmington Metropolitan AreaNew Mexico, Colorado, UtahFarmington, Aztec, Bloomfield
45Fayetteville Metropolitan AreaArkansas, Oklahoma, MissouriFayetteville, Springdale, Rogers
46Fond du Lac Metropolitan AreaWisconsin, Michigan, MinnesotaFond du Lac, Oshkosh, Waupun
47Fort Collins Metropolitan AreaColorado, Wyoming, NebraskaFort Collins, Loveland, Greeley
48Fort Wayne Metropolitan AreaIndiana, Ohio, MichiganFort Wayne, Huntington, Auburn
49Frederick-Gaithersburg-Rockville Metropolitan AreaMaryland, Virginia, West VirginiaFrederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville
50Galesburg Metropolitan AreaIllinois, Iowa, MissouriGalesburg, Monmouth, Kewanee
51Goldsboro Metropolitan AreaNorth Carolina, Virginia, South CarolinaGoldsboro, Mount Olive, Smithfield
52Greenville Metropolitan AreaSouth Carolina, North Carolina, GeorgiaGreenville, Spartanburg, Anderson
53Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metropolitan AreaMaryland, West Virginia, PennsylvaniaHagerstown, Martinsburg, Chambersburg
54Harrisonburg Metropolitan AreaVirginia, West Virginia, MarylandHarrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro
55Hattiesburg Metropolitan AreaMississippi, Alabama, LouisianaHattiesburg, Laurel, Petal
56Hinesville-Fort Stewart Metropolitan AreaGeorgia, South Carolina, FloridaHinesville, Fort Stewart, Jesup
57Holland-Grand Haven Metropolitan AreaMichigan, Wisconsin, IndianaHolland, Grand Haven, Grandville
58Hot Springs Metropolitan AreaArkansas, Oklahoma, LouisianaHot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia
59Idaho Falls Metropolitan AreaIdaho, Wyoming, MontanaIdaho Falls, Rexburg, Blackfoot
60Janesville-Beloit Metropolitan AreaWisconsin, Illinois, IowaJanesville, Beloit, Whitewater
61Jonesboro Metropolitan AreaArkansas, Tennessee, MissouriJonesboro, Paragould, Trumann
62Kingston Metropolitan AreaNew York, Pennsylvania, New JerseyKingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Is Tri-State Area capitalized?

    • Yes, when referring to a specific area where three state borders converge, “Tri-State Area” is often capitalized.
  2. Is Connecticut part of New York metropolitan area?

    • Yes, Connecticut is part of the New York metropolitan area, which includes 31 counties spanning New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Many people commute within this region for work.
  3. Is Memphis a Tri-State Area?

    • Yes, the Memphis metropolitan area covers eleven counties in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas, making it a Tri-State Area.
  4. Is New York a Tri-State Area?

    • Yes, the greater New York (City) area, commonly known as the Tri-State Region, includes three states: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  5. Is DC a tri-state?

    • No, Washington D.C. is not a state, but it is often included in the D.M.V. region, which stands for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
  6. Is Chicago a tri-state?

    • Yes, the Chicago tri-state area, also known as “Chicagoland,” includes northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin.


  1. United States Census Bureau:
  2. National Geographic Society:
  3. Urban Land Institute:
  4. Tri-State Transportation Campaign:
  5. New York Department of State:
  6. New Jersey Department of Transportation:
  7. Google Scholar:
  8. JSTOR:
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