Is North Capitalized?

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You should only capitalize directions, such as north, when you are referring to it as the proper noun, such as “in the North.” If you are merely referring to a direction, such as “go north on I-90,” then you should keep north lowercase.

Some common examples of when you should capitalize north include:

  • down North
  • the Deep North

and when you should lowercase it:

  • in the north of the United States
  • go north on I-90 and then south

What about capitalizing northern or Northerner?

The same rules apply to capitalizing northern as capitalizing north. If you are referring to a group of proper nouns such as “the Northern States.” However, if you’re referring to a general location, such as “the northern winds” then northern should be lowercase.

You should always capitalize Northerner since it refers to a group of people who are proper nouns.

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