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View Poll Results: Which do Midwesterners seem more like?
Northeasterners 90 56.60%
Southerners 69 43.40%
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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Would you say Midwesterners are more like those in the Northeast (Mid-Atlantic and New England) or the census-defined South, excluding Maryland, NOVA, Southern Florida, NOLA...etc in terms of their character, overall personality, values, history.etc?

I know of course individuals are individuals but speaking in generalizations.

I think one can break it down into states:

Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana more like the South

Ohio, Wisconsin, urban parts of Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota more like the Northeast


Overall, Midwesterners tend to lean more to the South IMO, even in Chicago, especially with it's black influence. White Chicagoans don't actually strike me as all that similar to those in NY/Philly except maybe Both Midwesterners and Southerners tend to be somewhat conservative: even in the 'blue' states it's largely because of blacks voting Democrats, who are still pretty conservative.the Italians.etc. They live a more relaxed, personal, less business-orientated, small-town pace of life, are bigger on family values, traditions like celebrating Thanksgiving/Halloween, not to say the NE doesn't, but the NE feels more transient. The Midwest is probably the LEAST transient region now, since a lot of people are streaming into the South. In terms of similarities with the NE, I guess Midwesterners are more private about religion, Upper Midwesterners are reserved but polite like New Englanders.



Demographically, the Midwest is probably a bit more like the NE, having more recent immigration.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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Actually, the culture of the Midwest as a whole is more related to the Northeast than the South because Northeasterners settled the area first. Then, there was heavy German immigration after that. I think the Midwest may have been more like the Northeast historically, but then developed its own distinct culture with the arrival of European immigrants.

In the Midwest, folks tend to be more community-oriented than in the South. So, institutions like museums, libraries, etc have more emphasis even in the smaller cities, similar to the Northeast.

Only the extreme southern tier is more Southern in culture.

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: NC/IL/MI
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why don't you come see for yourself

BTW Someone from nebraska or Kansas will more than likely have a totally different aura to themselves than someone from Cleveland or Chicago.

Actually people from the Cleveland and Chicago have more in common with someone from Buffalo NY or Pittsburgh
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I think more like Midwesterners
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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It's a mixture of both.

The upper midwest/great lakes region have that northeastern vibe. The rest of the midwest southernmost areas like southern Illinois, Ozark areas of Missouri, and etc have that southern vibe.
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:40 AM
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Depends on where in the midwest as above poster stated so well. But, maybe overall a midwestern vibe feels like a "subdued" Northerner. Or a "boisterous" Southerner.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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why don't you come see for yourself

BTW Someone from nebraska or Kansas will more than likely have a totally different aura to themselves than someone from Cleveland or Chicago.

Actually people from the Cleveland and Chicago have more in common with someone from Buffalo NY or Pittsburgh
Once one starts referring to urban populations within these areas then the conversation changes to strictly urban attitudes vs rural attitudes (a whole thread in itself).

Also, comparing people from Nebraska or Kansas to those from Cleveland or Chicago is illogical and best left to Californians.

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Old 07-11-2012, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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If forced, I'd have to say those of the Midwest tend to be like those of the Northeast politically, spiritually, and educationally but like those of the South socially.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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I'd say Northeast. I have an easier time relating to someone from New York than I do from Richmond. There are definitely less cultural differences between the Northeast and Midwest than the Midwest and south.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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why don't you come see for yourself

BTW Someone from nebraska or Kansas will more than likely have a totally different aura to themselves than someone from Cleveland or Chicago.

Actually people from the Cleveland and Chicago have more in common with someone from Buffalo NY or Pittsburgh
By technicality, many people consider Buffalo and Pittsburgh the Midwest, and rightfully so. IMO, both of these cities have far more in common with the Midwest than the BosWash corridor.
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