Like the fuzzy definition of "West Knoxville," nobody really seems to know what makes up the Midwest. The site MidwestSportsFans.com explains. Due to Josh Tinley‘s rant on intellectual property rights, I’m hesitant to quote anything from his article other thing suggesting you read it on MidwestSportsFans.com; however, I believe this sentence is highly notable and relates to Knoxville’s bizarre definition of "West Knoxville":
The term "Midwest" comes from a bygone era when the population of the United States was so concentrated on the eastern seaboard that anything on the far side of the Alleghenies was considered western.
Go to MidwestSportsFans.com to see some maps helping to explain "Midwest."