U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 02-06-2011, 12:13 AM
 
285 posts, read 556,236 times
Reputation: 199

Advertisements

Anyone know exactly what states people are talking about when they refer to "Middle America"? Is it just another way of saying the Midwest or is it the Great Plains? Or is it everywhere but the large cities on the East Coast and West Coast? Just curious because I am from Ohio and have heard it referred to as "Middle America," but it is geographically no where near the middle of the country. I would not include the Great Lakes states in this definition because there are many large and diverse urban centers in this part of the country.
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-06-2011, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Tennessee
711 posts, read 978,528 times
Reputation: 376
*The West Indies.
*Mexico.
*The nations of Central America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_America_(Americas)
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-06-2011, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Jersey
2,299 posts, read 3,399,461 times
Reputation: 2037
Everything in between the Northeast, the West Coast, and South Florida
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-06-2011, 03:15 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
13,856 posts, read 22,976,124 times
Reputation: 6687
I think it could mean more than one thing.

It can mean "Middle-class Americans not on the coasts" or "The parts of the Central Time Zone that aren't coastal." Maybe more than those two as well.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-06-2011, 04:19 AM
 
2,227 posts, read 4,436,426 times
Reputation: 1020
Middle America is just your average Joe living away from cosmopolitan areas such as East Coast, West Coast and Southern Florida.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-06-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: IN
20,853 posts, read 35,970,544 times
Reputation: 13304
I generally think of Middle America as rural areas and out of the mainstream. These areas typically feature a less diverse economy, less in-migration, more fiscal conservatism, and a general resistance to change. Larger cities in Middle America generally feature a much more globalised economy, having adopted a neoliberal economic strategy. These places are more economically diverse, more racially diverse, more culturally diverse, less neurotic, higher income, and more accepting of change.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2011, 04:24 PM
 
105 posts, read 248,257 times
Reputation: 57
When I refer to middle America I generally mean away from the Southwest, metro East Coast and South Florida. For instance, to me someone living in Wyoming could be considered middle America even though it's not actually the middle geographically speaking. Same could go for someone SC and NC even though they are located on the coast. I would still consider Louisville to be Middle America even though it is a city. I've also met a few people that refer to middle America when literally talking about the Midwest/plains.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2011, 08:23 PM
 
2,402 posts, read 3,581,022 times
Reputation: 1266
Middle America

North Dakota
South Dakota
Nebraska
Kansas
Oklahoma
Texas
Minnesota
Iowa
Missouri
Arkansas
Louisiana
Wisconsin
Illinois
Western U.P. of Michigan

Indiana (maybe)
Mississippi (maybe)
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
5,991 posts, read 8,321,280 times
Reputation: 4270
Indiana (yes)
Mississippi (hell no)
Arkansas (no)
Louisiana (no)
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2011, 08:26 PM
 
2,402 posts, read 3,581,022 times
Reputation: 1266
Quote:
Originally Posted by Min-Chi-Cbus View Post
Indiana (yes)
Mississippi (hell no)
Arkansas (no)
Louisiana (no)
Divide the nation in thirds:

Arkansas fits middle America
Indiana is somewhat out, that's why I gave it a maybe, as it's in the eastern-third.
Louisiana is in the central third, and much of Mississippi is too, hence a "maybe".
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:
Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top