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Old 02-07-2011, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I get it....I just don't consider those areas as "Middle America", and I'd be surprised if they did.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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If you need to ask, you wouldn't understand.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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I get it....I just don't consider those areas as "Middle America", and I'd be surprised if they did.
Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi are all in the south, but the first two are definitely in the middle third, while the latter straddles the middle and eastern thirds.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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i dont buy the notion that the midwest has a monopoly on "middle america".

i definitely consider rural arkansas, kentucky, tennessee, idaho, montana, etc... middle america.

middle america is a mindset. its those who reject the urban city lifestyle and live outside of the coasts. its what some call "flyover country", and its anything from indiana, oklahoma to even the central valley of california.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Middle America would be Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska etc. I would exclude upper midwest states like Wisconsin Michigan and Minnesota as they are too far north to be middle america. Basically middle America in my opinion is the lower midwest.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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People who eat at Applebees, name their kids Maddyson Brooklynne Haley Caley Kayla Logan Kylie and such - people who generally are unaware of other countries and content themselves with WalMart sale items --people who think Egypt and Saudi Arabia are possibly the same country, an amorphous monocultural entity simply called "Arabia" --- Middle America is more of a lifestyle and philosophy than a geographic destination......Middle America tends to vote Republican, think the Rapture is a true coming event, and believe that no matter what that the America envisioned by Norman Rockwell will one day come to fruition....baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, block parties...things that could be charachterised as "good ole ____ (insert thing of choice)" -- people that think UFC and NASCAR are good pasttimes....

They are basically the types who keep the service economy afloat through consumer purchasing but who also in many ways prevent progress in the US as they are slow to accept ideological change.

Not trying to be inflammatory - this is my understanding of Middle America from my 31 years as an American (who now resides in Canada - we have lots of Middle America in Canada too)
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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If you need to ask, you wouldn't understand.
You win the prize! Best answer yet! Gave me a good laugh.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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People who eat at Applebees, name their kids Maddyson Brooklynne Haley Caley Kayla Logan Kylie and such - people who generally are unaware of other countries and content themselves with WalMart sale items --people who think Egypt and Saudi Arabia are possibly the same country, an amorphous monocultural entity simply called "Arabia" --- Middle America is more of a lifestyle and philosophy than a geographic destination......Middle America tends to vote Republican, think the Rapture is a true coming event, and believe that no matter what that the America envisioned by Norman Rockwell will one day come to fruition....baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, block parties...things that could be charachterised as "good ole ____ (insert thing of choice)" -- people that think UFC and NASCAR are good pasttimes....

They are basically the types who keep the service economy afloat through consumer purchasing but who also in many ways prevent progress in the US as they are slow to accept ideological change.

Not trying to be inflammatory - this is my understanding of Middle America from my 31 years as an American (who now resides in Canada - we have lots of Middle America in Canada too)
Some people just prefer simplicity in life -- and who can blame them, really? I'm not one of those people but maybe I should be. There is something to be said for people who love the little things in life, IMO.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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I'd never really heard the term: " Middle America" until I moved to the East Coast from the South. Its more of a negative term meant to indicate that unless you live in a few very choice coastal cities that you're living in " Middle America" or- "Flyoverland". Its the same attitude out here in California. Most people who live here are either from California or New York. No real inbetween. They wouldn't dare to live anywhere else- that is until they realize they can't afford it so in that case they move to either TX or NC.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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People who eat at Applebees, name their kids Maddyson Brooklynne Haley Caley Kayla Logan Kylie and such - people who generally are unaware of other countries and content themselves with WalMart sale items --people who think Egypt and Saudi Arabia are possibly the same country, an amorphous monocultural entity simply called "Arabia" --- Middle America is more of a lifestyle and philosophy than a geographic destination......Middle America tends to vote Republican, think the Rapture is a true coming event, and believe that no matter what that the America envisioned by Norman Rockwell will one day come to fruition....baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, block parties...things that could be charachterised as "good ole ____ (insert thing of choice)" -- people that think UFC and NASCAR are good pasttimes....

They are basically the types who keep the service economy afloat through consumer purchasing but who also in many ways prevent progress in the US as they are slow to accept ideological change.

Not trying to be inflammatory - this is my understanding of Middle America from my 31 years as an American (who now resides in Canada - we have lots of Middle America in Canada too)
Wow. That's some impressive stereotyping.

I am none of those things, yet I live where most people think of when they hear "middle America."
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