Is West Capitalized?

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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