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View Poll Results: What are the true Southwestern states?
California 8 14.81%
Nevada 19 35.19%
Utah 8 14.81%
Colorado 8 14.81%
Arizona 49 90.74%
New Mexico 45 83.33%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 54. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-22-2015, 09:48 PM
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I grew up in New Mexico, I feel the Southwest is AZ parts of Colorado and New Mexico and that's it. I grew up in Eastern NM and it dosent give off a southwestern vibe, neither does Lubbock or Amarillo. I guess just plains, I wouldn't know what to categorize it as. Maybe as a mexican influenced Kansas feel idk.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:54 PM
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Southwest to me = NM, AZ, parts of CA & TX
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:07 PM
Location: Florida
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Arizona and New Mexico are the only states that are 100% southwestern. I felt like Amarillo, Tx was a more southern / Great Plains mix. New Mexico just a few hours west felt much different.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:09 PM
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Texas and Oklahoma need to be on the list too although I'll acknowledge it's more SOUTHWest or South-Central than the states you listed.

As an Okie, I hear people refer to Oklahoma as the Southwest often. That is not to say that the cultures of OK /TX, which are very similar (quite Southern in parts), are similar to the other states listed just that there is definitely a connection that OK/TX share with Old Southwest via the ranching/cowboy culture.
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:02 PM
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For the most part, I'd say that map is pretty accurate.
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:31 PM
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IMO, the only "true Southwestern" states are AZ and NM, with the latter being the epitome of the American Southwest.
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:57 PM
Location: Columbia, MD
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I guess its how one defines what the "southwest" moniker is that influences their decision. I mean ABQ has very little in common with say Palm Springs or even Vegas. I think the heart of the SW is New Mexico with outliers spreading east towards El Paso, west towards Tucson, and perhaps a 75 mile radius around the four corners marker. In fact one could argue, that the Native influence of Eastern Arizona is more aligned with ABQ and New Mexico in terms of market influence and visibility.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:00 PM
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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I'm of the camp that the TRUE Southwestern states are Arizona and New Mexico. Beyond that state lines becomes arbitrary with topographical features such as the Colorado Plateau, Movave/Sonoran/Chihuahuan Deserts, the arid High Plains, and the southern reaches of the Rockies all extending into Arizona, New Mexico and beyond. No doubt southern Utah looks and feels Southwestern, but that feeling starts to fade fast further north towards the Salt Lake/Wasatch area corridor.

I think culturally it becomes difficult to discern where the line is drawn as to where in California the West Coast's influences end and the Southwestern ones begin. Pockets of Southwestern culture and landscapes extend well into West Texas past El Paso towards Big Bend. In Colorado, the only part I'd call Southwesten is in the San Luis Valley which looks and feels a lot like New Mexico with similar demographics.

Arizona is in the thick of the Southwest and holds every cultural trapping one could find in the old Southwest from Mission San Xavier to the primitive Hopi dwellings. But it also draws a tremendous influence from Southern California, where many of the suburbs in the Valley of the Sun could be mistaken for the Inland Empire or even parts of Orange County in terms of development. New Mexico feels more old school Southwest throughout the state.
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:45 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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I consider New Mexico and Arizona Southwestern states. Those are the only two.
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Old 09-28-2015, 10:42 PM
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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OK, TX, NM and AZ.
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