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Old 06-18-2012, 05:38 AM
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Originally Posted by callmemaybe View Post
Do you think cities like Fort Collins, Boulder, etc have similarities to places like Lincoln or Cedar Rapids, as much as they do with say, Carson City or Twin Falls?
No, it's a totally different culture.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:02 PM
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Default Oh jeez not another one : )

The Reason people consider eastern Colorado to be the midwest is because of the topography of the eastern plains region of the state. I agree this is a very narrow minded reason but this is why. There's no doubt that cities like Sterling, or Burlington are just like any other small city in the states of Kansas or Nebraska etc. However as many people have said simply classifying the midwest as the great plains is not really an accurate asumption. However the term midwest is just a term referring to the states around and south of the great lakes, so there is no definition for it other than a map. Denver and the front range cities have some similarities to the midwest but I personally think they have more in common with cities like Phoenix AZ and Billings MT than say Chicago IL or Columbus OH. People who are unfimiliar with the midwest and the surrounding areas tend to think that the flat cornfields and prarie are what defines the midwest and that it contains nothing but this. This is why topography is the chief factor in people classifying the midwest as the "midwest". People are just narrow minded and cocky. There are areas in Illinois that are very hilly and tree covered, and southern Ohio looks very different from the rest of the state, as it is very hilly. Missouri is considered the Midwest of course, but the Ozarks of the southern portion of the state have more in common with the "west" by far.

There are areas in the west that also look like the majority of the midwest. Eastern Washington State looks alot like the plains of the Midwest in many areas. Same goes for eastern Oregon, the California Central Valley, Southern Idaho, and areas of Utah. For some reason people think all of the west is lush and mountainous, but there are huge areas of the West that are flat and dry just like the great plains of the midwest.

The point is the term midwest has many meanings to different people. When someone calls Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, or New Mexico the midwest it is simply because the mostly flat topography of the eastern regions of these states look alot like the midwest. Simple as that!
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