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View Poll Results: Why do some people view the south as rural and the northeast as urban
Ignorance-They haven't traveled or studied enough to know otherwise. Plus, the media feeds them this belief. 35 71.43%
They've traveled enough, but they allow their prejudices to cloud reality. The media reinforces their prejudice. 14 28.57%
Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 08-02-2015, 11:24 PM
 
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The northeastern states have high population densities because they are small. The population of the Carolina Raliegh Durham region alone is bigger than the population of rhode island. 😂😂😂
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:46 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York State (OUTSIDE OF NYC), PA (OUTSIDE OF Philadelphia and Pittsburgh), doesn't seem that dense to me.....
Outside of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has six other metropolitan areas with populations of 400,000 or higher: Allentown/Bethlehem (~800,000), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (~600,000), Harrisburg (~600,000), Lancaster (~500,000), York (~400,000) and Reading (~400,000). In fact, the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York area has ~1,600,000 people in an area smaller than the state of Connecticut. Go take a look at a Rand McNally road atlas and see all the orange blobs of urbanization in eastern Pennsylvania. The only extensively rural areas in Pennsylvania are north of I-80 between I-79 and I-81, and along the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Even in the middle of the Commonwealth has a chain of small metropolitan areas in Johnstown, Altoona, State College and Williamsport, and the two that are farthest apart (Johnstown and Williamsport) are only two hours by car.
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Old 08-03-2015, 02:43 AM
 
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The northeast does have the most densely populated places in the US. However it also has some very rural woodsy areas as well. Parts of Maine are more rural than anywhere I can I think of in the South. Because NYC and New Jersey are so well know for being dense and ultra urban they set the tone and that is what people think of.

The South is only the most populated region because of the size of it. If you said the "north" instead of just the Northeast and had to add the industrial Midwest (Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit etc) area to its numbers it would be the largest. Much of the South is quite rural, but yes it has big cities like Atlanta or Dallas. Even in a large Southern city however you don't find the density of the urban Northeast.
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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I think traditional land use patterns play a role in address the OP's question. For example, particularly in Maine and Vermont, and to a lesser extent New Hampshire, land dedicated to farming use is rare. Conversely down south, land dedicated to farming is common and has been associated in our pop culture with "blue collar southern pride." In addition, despite VT being classified as 70% rural compared to a state like Alabama which might be closer to 40%, the differences in population would make Alabama appear to have a much larger, significant rural population than say Vermont.

I also think the traffic volume on Interstate 95 also contributes to this false stereotype, as even traffic on I-95 in New Hampshire and Maine is usually considerably heavier than traffic along I-95 say in North or South Carolina.

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Parts of Maine are more rural than anywhere I can I think of in the South
You are right about Maine, especially when it comes to Maine's "empty corner." In fact that little section of Maine might be the most rural area in the lower 48.
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