There are many different accents used by Americans who only speak one language, which is typically American English.  The various accents can be heard regionally throughout the South, North, East, West, Northeast, Midwest, and upper Midwest across the United States. All of the various accents are considered forms of American speech. A speaker utilizing a Midwestern American accent would be considered to have an accent if he encountered a person who speaks with a Southern American English accent.  Although Americans utilize a variety of different accents when speaking English, an upper Midwestern accent is considered to be standard American English and is widely regarded as the preferred accent utilized by scholars, news broadcasters, and other educated professionals across the entire United States.  Upper Midwestern American English is commonly spoken in northern Illinois, northern Indiana, northern Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.