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View Poll Results: What major city in America would you say embody what people would view or describe as "American
New York City 35 16.20%
Miami 1 0.46%
Chicago 108 50.00%
Los Angeles 6 2.78%
Dallas 16 7.41%
Washington D.C. 12 5.56%
Atlanta 8 3.70%
Phoenix 6 2.78%
Seattle 1 0.46%
Philadelphia 23 10.65%
Voters: 216. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-28-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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Columbus, Ohio because not only is it located in the middle of the country, for decades it's been an ideal testing ground for marketing companies due to its lack of distinctiveness. The city can represent either most everyone or no one in particular.
Interesting.
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Utica? Are you kidding?
I grew up in the Utica area, I knew many people who were essentially the catholic version of Michelle Bachmann.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:06 PM
 
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Also I will say that on a national scale many people don't actually know what a Boston accent sounds like because they always confuse it with New York. This is why you get many people saying "Baaaahston" and this is not accurate.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Also I will say that on a national scale many people don't actually know what a Boston accent sounds like because they always confuse it with New York. This is why you get many people saying "Baaaahston" and this is not accurate.
I don't think anyone confuses a Boston accent with a NYC accent.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:31 PM
 
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I don't think anyone confuses a Boston accent with a NYC accent.
Perhaps not exactly New York but relatively off. Just because you pahk ya cah don't mean ya live in Baaaahston.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Drawing from their family's roots in Abruzzi, Italy,

That's Abruzzo. A-broot-so.
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I don't think anyone confuses a Boston accent with a NYC accent.
Some do-my Mom is from Boston and people usually get it right but often she gets asked if she is from New York. Could be because she has been in Philly for 30+ years so maybe has a bit of a Philly influence too these days lol.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:27 PM
 
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Some do-my Mom is from Boston and people usually get it right but often she gets asked if she is from New York. Could be because she has been in Philly for 30+ years so maybe has a bit of a Philly influence too these days lol.
Well there are a lot of people on this forum and even outside in the world that think a New York accent is just the way anyone from Bos-Wash speaks
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:14 PM
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Location: Saint Paul, MN
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What's funny is everybody has a different definition of what American is and what it stands for. American to some may be typical white example : Brady Bunch. America to others is a place where there is opportunity and to see a different side of life that most weren't brought up example : Scarface. America has a different meaning to everybody to some it's freedom and opportunity and to other people who are traditional it's Apple Pie and baseball.

I think at some point you have to be objective. Places like Indiana or Illinois are more representative of the majority of this country than Miami. I grew up in Miami, and no, it is in no way quintessentially American. The demographics of a city like Chicago is more in tune with the majority of this country, than Miami's, as is the vegetation, the architecture, the accent, the climate, the food, etc. etc.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:32 PM
 
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I think at some point you have to be objective. Places like Indiana or Illinois are more representative of the majority of this country than Miami. I grew up in Miami, and no, it is in no way quintessentially American. The demographics of a city like Chicago is more in tune with the majority of this country, than Miami's, as is the vegetation, the architecture, the accent, the climate, the food, etc. etc.
The climate maybe but Chicago is a bit colder than average. I would say as far as climate wars are concerned, the country would best represented in places that get about 25 inches of snow yearly, below freezing but not super common sub zero temps, and a bit of a longer summer. The area from above the Mason-Dixon line to the Ohio and similar latitudes would he a good marker.

Cities like Philly, New York, Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City are more representative of a more average American climate.

As far as the accent, don't most English only speaking Miamians have no traceable accent? At least in Chicago people have a variety of a distinct Northern accent whereas south of Orlando people tend to have no accent.
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