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Old 06-02-2013, 03:57 AM
 
Location: 'Bout a mile off Old Mill Road
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The Inland Empire of Southern California and the Bakersfield area are the most culturally Southern regions of the U.S. farthest removed from the South.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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The Inland Empire of Southern California and the Bakersfield area are the most culturally Southern regions of the U.S. farthest removed from the South.
Is that where the Okies settled?
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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I'd say Indiana hands down. They eat practically the same food, many have southern accents and are very conservative in nature. A fair number of evangelicals as well.
I can see from Seymour and south being culturally southern but anything north I just dont see it. So to say the whole state is just isnt accurate.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:34 PM
 
Location: south central
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New Hampshire. I call it the Alabama of New England. It may be a bit more progressive than some areas of the South, but maybe less than other regions of the South. Super fiscal conservatism/libertarianism. People love dirt-biking, NASCAR, hunting, passing you on the road, calling the cops on you for driving too slow, being loud in the white-trashy way in public (not in the loud Boston Irish/Italian/Puerto Rican/black sort of ways), not being able to pronounce words like gnocchi, and what not. However, they do have the lowest teen pregnancy rate in the nation.

It's also the location that does it. Surrounded by ultraliberal, naturey, Vermont, ultraliberal, east coast bustly Massachusetts, backwoods and coastal Maine, unionville Rhode Island, and NYC suburb Connecticut, New Hampshire feels red-necky to me. I apologize if I'm making offense.

Exception: Massachusetts transplants in the SE part of the state.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Augusta GA
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As a native of New Hampshire, I have to disagree with it's inclusion. New Hampshire is the least religious state in America, the polar opposite of the south. Gay marriage is legal there and though it may be conservative by New England standards, it still trends blue and is more fiscally conservative, not socially like the south. Do not recall NASCAR being big up there or seeing a huge number of pick-up trucks like I've seen in other places. It was quite the culture shock moving to GA! As far as places outside the south, some people include Missouri and the TX/OK panhandle as part of the south, some don't (personally, I do). If not I would say the panhandles since they are overwhelmingly southern baptist, socially conservative, tend to call all softdrinks Coke, and have sweet tea. Otherwise, I would say southern IL, IN, and OH would fit the bill as well as the Bakersfield CA area.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Philadelphian-transplant from Miami
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Yes, the area / region in between Philadelphia metro and Pittsburgh metro. (Also known by some as Pennsyltucky!)
People with RVs, proudly discussing and touting their guns / rifles, hats with John Deere logo or camouflage pattern, blue collar boots suitable for every occasions! Some of them are the most genuine and friendly people ever, and some are just plain racists and bigots!
And yes, I went to college in Atlanta and occasionally ventured out to neighboring states! (Tennessee, Alabama, etc)
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:46 PM
 
Location: 'Bout a mile off Old Mill Road
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Is that where the Okies settled?
Yes, I believe so, along with the Arkies and the Texans.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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I'd say large parts of Indiana are pretty Southern feeling. Especially south of Indianapolis.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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I'd say large parts of Indiana are pretty Southern feeling. Especially south of Indianapolis.
IMO, referring to parts of southern Illinois, southern Indiana, southern Missouri, southern Ohio, southeastern Kansas, etc. as "Southern" is cheating because those regions border the South!

Usually, at the convergence of two cultural regions, there's some cultural overlap. For example, Upstate New York is a cultural transition zone because it lies at the convergence of three major cultural regions. It shares many characteristics with the New England states to the east, the Mid-Atlantic region to the south, and the Great Lakes region to the west.
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