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View Poll Results: Do people in northern virginia have an southern accent?
Yes of course every place has it's own accents 31 56.36%
kind of 8 14.55%
No they sound like any other northerner 16 29.09%
Voters: 55. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-16-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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Having lived in Baltimore, MD for 5 years before moving to DC and now Richmond, VA there is a very big difference.

Looking at Generation Y there is still a southern accent in Richmond, VA. People in RVA still say fuss, mess, fix, they say scrape instead of plow, teeny instead of tiny, and when it snows more than a few inches - the world is ending. There are a ton of transplants (myself included) here in RVA though and that is quickly changing the demographic.

Baltimore is much more northeastern. It's a lot more similar to Philly than it would be to DC. There is a noticeable accent evolving in NoVa that's basically a version of articulate valley girl. It's quite odd.

I have a Maryland accent, I say "awn" for "on" I also say many words with the extended "o" like phone.

I say you guys and soda and iced tea.

Richmond is quickly becoming like a small DC with people flooding out of the capital for more affordable housing... The long history of Richmond being the capital of the confederacy is very much a dying breed. That is not really a valid assessment of Richmond City in 2015. It's very much a Mid-Atlantic city that's part of the Megalopolis, which you can read further about on wiki.

Long story short, Baltimore, DC and RVA may be south of the mason dixon line, but if you want to see the real south, just go to NC... Now that is the bonafide SOUTH.
Although I feel like VA is the most similar state to NC, the biggest difference (IMO) between the two is that NC noticeably feels more southern. More humid, less historic major metros (like many other southern states), more longleaf pines, red soil (like SC and GA), etc. Hell, seems like folks in Richmond even drive faster than Raleigh folks! Compare The Waltons to The Andy Griffith Show, and that's the difference between VA and NC
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:34 PM
 
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I'm curious to hear, anyone notice a far more southern vibe in Raleigh compared to Richmond? IMO, Richmond feels like it's on the far verge of the South, basically the last southern city heading north along the East Coast. DC and Baltimore are a little too northern, Baltimore is only 2 hours from Philly and 3 hours from NYC! Only my opinion, though. On the contrary, the whole Raleigh/Durham area has a very "transplant saturated" image which is a reason some folks believe Richmond is more southern. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:45 PM
 
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The Richmond area has a much less Southern feel to me than Raleigh. I live in Richmond but I'm from Boston, and Richmond has it's southern roots but the Metro area doesn't feel Southern. The Mid Atlantic title fits much better than Southern. Most current generation Richmond'ers barely have any real accent, other than the occasional y'all they could blend in almost anywhere.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:49 PM
 
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I'm curious to hear, anyone notice a far more southern vibe in Raleigh compared to Richmond? IMO, Richmond feels like it's on the far verge of the South, basically the last southern city heading north along the East Coast. DC and Baltimore are a little too northern, Baltimore is only 2 hours from Philly and 3 hours from NYC! Only my opinion, though. On the contrary, the whole Raleigh/Durham area has a very "transplant saturated" image which is a reason some folks believe Richmond is more southern. Any thoughts?
Even a lot of the Raleigh transplants have adopted a lot of southern culture though
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