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View Poll Results: Which major US city best represents the average America?
New York City 3 5.26%
Los Angeles 3 5.26%
Chicago 23 40.35%
Houston 3 5.26%
Boston 3 5.26%
Philadelphia 12 21.05%
Phoenix 1 1.75%
Miami 0 0%
Dallas 2 3.51%
Other 7 12.28%
Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-21-2011, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Which major American city is the best representation of USA as a whole in terms of culture, the average American lifestyle, or other factors you can clarify in your post?

I tried to pick the most major city of each American region in the poll options.

Sorry for the stupid typo in my title.

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Old 02-21-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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I think major cities are atypically "average American". A list of second-tier cities might have been more appropriate. For instance Columbus, Ohio is utilized for many marketing focus groups as it is often thought to best represent the national average demographic.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Chicago.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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NYC without a doubt
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Philadelphia.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: The City
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Philadelphia.

As a Philadelphian I vote Chicago
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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As a Philadelphian I vote Chicago
Either one works perfectly well I think. Both very high standard American cities by economy, demographics, personality, architecture, history, haha.

Illinois is an all American state (some nickname), but recently I've been having a bit of an infatuation with Pennsylvania and the Northeast in general and am really enjoying the abundance of things in such a tiny area when thinking about it is pretty magnificent how much variety coexists in this region, new curiosity over the Amish County!
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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I think major cities are atypically "average American". A list of second-tier cities might have been more appropriate. For instance Columbus, Ohio is utilized for many marketing focus groups as it is often thought to best represent the national average demographic.
That's what I was thinking! I was going to say Cleveland, myself

But then again....what does it mean to be "typically" American? Aren't we sort of boxing ourselves into a paradigm?

None of the cities on that list are anything like one another, and very few major American cities bear much resemblence to each other. So, how are we measuring "typical" Americana?

I suppose for me, I think of the typical America as the Midwest, but that's as much because I was born in the Midwest as anything else. An East-Coaster might feel differently. And, I don't think that Chicago is really the most "typically" Midwestern city, so it can't be typically American by my own standards. That honor probably goes to Milwaukee....or Cincinnati....Indianapolis....maybe St. Paul, but probably not Minneapolis.....or Des Moines, Omaha, etc.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Wait I seem to be getting this mixed up, how is this term a negative connotation?

Isn't being a All American City a positive thing in many regards? Matching the All American economy, having the All American history, having the All American demographics, being situated in an All American location, having the All American attitude.

Aren't those all positive traits? If not, then I'm taking my pick for Chicago & Philadelphia back and replacing them with Milwaukee & Pittsburgh.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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Politically speaking, I would say Houston. Liberal leaning executive/mayor amidst the backdrop of conservative institutionalized power structure. Energy dependent/Oil influenced area. Resident's are 50/50 liberal/conservative split given any particular election with a slightly left lean. Diverse and financially important area.
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