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View Poll Results: Who VA has MORE in common with?
Northern neighbors (Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania) 25 52.08%
Southern neighbors (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia) 23 47.92%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-29-2017, 06:43 AM
 
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Virginia is a mid-atlantic state and tends to have aspects of both northeast and southern states. But who does Virginia have MORE in common with ???


Personally, I think VA has more in common with the northeast (especially Maryland) in urban population areas, many of its major cities resemble smaller versions of Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, they often rear towards DC when its comes to shopping, pro sports and even jobs. Many of the suburbs feel the same as DC suburbs, especially Northern Va which by now is dully northeast in every sense of the word.

But I think Virginia's rural & exurban areas can resemble that of North Carolina's. And historically, VA was a confederate/slave state, where Richmond was one of the capitals at one point. During the 1700s and early 1800s VA had one of the largest black populations, being about 40-50% black, then the Mississippi delta region got introduced and replaced it as the prime spot for slaves, then further down the line Va blacks left to northern industrial cities during Great migration. The state's culture is mid-atlantic/eastcoast but more southern leaning.

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Old 06-29-2017, 07:08 AM
 
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Virginia shares qualities from both but the more populated areas (Richmond, Hampton Roads, NOVA) are a little more similar to Maryland and Delaware
 
Old 06-29-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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VA shares characteristics with it's Northern, Southern and Western neighbors but the region where the vast majority of Virginians live is more reminiscent of it's Northern neighbors so I voted DE, MD and PA. Also, Nova which the most populated and economically important area of the state is heavily tied to DC and MD.
 
Old 06-29-2017, 07:53 AM
 
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Using the most generous definition, only about a third of Virginians live in NOVA. That leaves two-thirds of the state in areas that are decidedly not Northern, usually unambiguously so, so I feel Virginia has far more in common with its Southern neighbors than Northern ones (which is really just Maryland and DC; Delaware nor Pennsylvania border Virginia).
 
Old 06-29-2017, 08:25 AM
 
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Using the most generous definition, only about a third of Virginians live in NOVA. That leaves two-thirds of the state in areas that are decidedly not Northern, usually unambiguously so, so I feel Virginia has far more in common with its Southern neighbors than Northern ones (which is really just Maryland and DC; Delaware nor Pennsylvania border Virginia).
States don't have to directly border each other to be neighbors.
 
Old 06-29-2017, 08:27 AM
 
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Using the most generous definition, only about a third of Virginians live in NOVA. That leaves two-thirds of the state in areas that are decidedly not Northern, usually unambiguously so, so I feel Virginia has far more in common with its Southern neighbors than Northern ones (which is really just Maryland and DC; Delaware nor Pennsylvania border Virginia).
but neither does SC and GA?
 
Old 06-29-2017, 08:43 AM
 
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States don't have to directly border each other to be neighbors.
How so? Would you consider New York and Ohio neighbors? Washington and California?

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but neither does SC and GA?
Good point.
 
Old 06-29-2017, 08:50 AM
 
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How so? Would you consider New York and Ohio neighbors? Washington and California?
Actually, yes. I tend to consider states that share some sort of regional affiliation and are close enough to each other to be neighbors, so to me DE/VA, SC/TN, NH/CT, VT/RI, etc. are neighbors. It's really not much different than calling the person who lives two or three houses down the street your neighbor.
 
Old 06-29-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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The Southern states that the lower parts of Virginia resemble are more or less North Carolina and Tennessee. I would not compare any parts of Virginia to South Carolina and Georgia.

NOVA is a firm part of the Mid-Atlantic and almost completely connected to places north of it, yet it still carries a south-liteness about it in certain pockets.
 
Old 06-29-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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How so? Would you consider New York and Ohio neighbors? Washington and California?



Good point.
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New York's neighbors are pretty much all of New England and the Mid Atlantic. From NYC, you can get to Maryland or Virginia faster than you can get to Buffalo, Rochester, or Plattsburgh.
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