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View Poll Results: What do you think is the Divide Line between North and South?
Interstate 70 4 5.33%
U.S. Route 50 8 10.67%
Mason-Dixie Line & Ohio River 39 52.00%
U.S. Route 60 13 17.33%
Other 15 20.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Mandeville, LA; Twin Cities Bound
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What is the best possible Divide Line between the North and the South?

I disagree that the Mason-Dixie Line and the Ohio River is a good indication of the boundary between the North and the South. The U.S. Government only used it to plan out the statehood while trying to admit both free and slave states equally.

My Reasons:

Maryland and Delaware are just below the Mason-Dixie Line making them part of the South while they are absolutely not southern culturally with the exception of rural areas.

There are southern parts of several northern states, such as Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio that feel more southern culturally.

In my own definition, the best Divide Line between the North and the South is U.S. Route 50.

U.S. Route 50 runs several miles south along I-70. Therefore, it runs south of most cities, such as Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, south around Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Missouri cities of St. Louis and Kansas City (cities that are not southern at all or in a transitional zone like Cincinnati).

What do you think of mine? If you beg to differ, what is your Divide Line?

The purpose of this is to be a fun thread for all of us geography buffs.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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There is no true dividing line anymore. There is too much blur
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: The City
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Originally Posted by NewOrleanianLA1 View Post
What is the best possible Divide Line between the North and the South?

I disagree that the Mason-Dixie Line and the Ohio River is a good indication of the boundary between the North and the South. The U.S. Government only used it to plan out the statehood while trying to admit both free and slave states equally.

My Reasons:

Maryland and Delaware are just below the Mason-Dixie Line making them part of the South while they are absolutely not southern culturally with the exception of rural areas.

There are southern parts of several northern states, such as Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio that feel more southern culturally.

In my own definition, the best Divide Line between the North and the South is U.S. Route 50.

U.S. Route 50 runs several miles south along I-70. Therefore, it runs south of most cities, such as Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, south around Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Missouri cities of St. Louis and Kansas City (cities that are not southern at all or in a transitional zone like Cincinnati).

What do you think of mine? If you beg to differ, what is your Divide Line?

The purpose of this is to be a fun thread for all of us geography buffs.

Actually DE is bove the Mason Dixon line; the line follows the PA/MD border to DE then makes a 90 degree turn and heads South along the DE/MD border


Techinicall speaking DE has points north and south of the of the Mason Dixon line. Also NJ has areas south (the southern most point of NJ is rought]ly the exact same latitude as DC) and north of the Mason Dixon line
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: The City
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Route 50 may make more sense; though not sure I consider WV southern which 50 would cut the state in half
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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A combination of US 60, The Ohio River, and a few other localized factors.

A line is a pretty rough estimation anyway. Here in Southeast Missouri, different communities are more southern/northern depending on various factors such as history and immigration patterns. U.S. 60 is a decent approximation around here but I would say it's probably 25-30 miles too far south for a true dividing line. Places 20 miles north of U.S. 60 are still pretty southern culturally.

Maybe somewhere around the line on my attachment for SE Missouri.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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True dividing line between North and South? The line where those on one side don't give a crap, and those on the other side think there needs to be a line.

Really we are still discussing this question? Why does there have to be a dividing line between two areas of the same Country? There is so much blending between States and areas now that the whole North/South discussion is pointless and rather stupid.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I voted US 60, although the line goes north as it goes east to capture most (all) of Kentucky and most of West Virginia and Virginia.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: The South
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I think I-20 is the line.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I think I-20 is the line.
....Little Rock, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Mandeville, LA; Twin Cities Bound
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Originally Posted by GunnerTHB View Post
A combination of US 60, The Ohio River, and a few other localized factors.

A line is a pretty rough estimation anyway. Here in Southeast Missouri, different communities are more southern/northern depending on various factors such as history and immigration patterns. U.S. 60 is a decent approximation around here but I would say it's probably 25-30 miles too far south for a true dividing line. Places 20 miles north of U.S. 60 are still pretty southern culturally.

Maybe somewhere around the line on my attachment for SE Missouri.
Although I still stand by U.S. Route 50 more than U.S. 60, I still agree with you because Cape Girardeau feels more southern despite many people claiming it to be Midwestern.

Even a smaller town of St. Genevieve is more Midwestern than CG.
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