Is West Capitalized?

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

Some common examples of when you should capitalize west include:

  • down West
  • the Deep West

and when you should lowercase it:

  • in the west of France
  • go west on I-90 and then south

What about capitalizing western or Westerner?

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

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

To know what other words you should capitalize, try our free title capitalization tool.

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