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Old 11-02-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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In the sense that it has the distinctive characteristics of its region most strongly developed? I would say:

West: Nevada - extremely libertarian, irreligious, legal gambling, high mobility/few native borns, very arid, mountainous

South: Mississippi - very conservative, evangelical, strong accents even among young people, highly rural, poor

Midwest: Iowa - traditional, entirely within the Corn Belt/prairie, neutral accent, continental climate

Northeast: Connecticut - a decent mix of Mid-Atlantic and New England socially, lots of Italians, Irish, Blacks, Jews, and Anglos, very urbanized, wealthy

So yeah, I'd consider Nevada, Mississippi, Iowa, and Connecticut the epitomes of their regions, if you're going by the Census-based 4 region model.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Northeast - New York
South - Georgia
Midwest - Indiana
Southwest - Arizona
Interior West - Colorado
West Coast - California
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I didn't know the south was poor.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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I didn't know the south was poor.

Its not, and I disagree with the OP, Mississippi is not the epitome of the south. Georgia does a better job of representing the south as a whole than any other southern state. Georgia is both urban and rural, appalachian and deep south, old and new south. No other southern state can say all those things.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Its not, and I disagree with the OP, Mississippi is not the epitome of the south. Georgia does a better job of representing the south as a whole than any other southern state. Georgia is both urban and rural, appalachian and deep south, old and new south. No other southern state can say all those things.
Agreed. Georgia is a microcosm of the entire Southeast. Mississippi is to the South what Michigan is to the Midwest.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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If by epitome you mean butthole, then yes, Nevada is the epitome of the west.

If you mean which state best represents the region, then it's California.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:13 PM
 
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I didn't know the south was poor.
On average, it tends to have more poor areas than other parts of the country. The only areas poorer would be Native American reservations.

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Its not, and I disagree with the OP, Mississippi is not the epitome of the south. Georgia does a better job of representing the south as a whole than any other southern state. Georgia is both urban and rural, appalachian and deep south, old and new south. No other southern state can say all those things.
I'm definitely in agreement here. Although I'd say NC also has all of those characteristics, those elements and they way they are contrasted are more pronounced and "stereotypical" in Georgia.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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NE is NJ IMHO
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:07 PM
 
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NE is NJ IMHO
as a representation of the Northeast from the Potomac to Maine? Disagree, Connecticut has more of those elements from each corner of the region. The OP was more on target being a microcosm of having both New England and Mid Atlantic characteristics.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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as a representation of the Northeast from the Potomac to Maine? Disagree, Connecticut has more of those elements from each corner of the region. The OP was more on target being a microcosm of having both New England and Mid Atlantic characteristics.

Maybe you are right as the region. I think I was thinking more the NE corrider of which to me it would be (meaning NJ) would also be basically the geographic center and heart of the region IMHO


Also NJ from a topography standpoint may better be the mircrocosm with beaches, cities, and mountains moreso than CT

CT at its north takes on too much New England feel and lack the lower Mid Atlantic feel.

Maybe though in thinking of the region there isnt a perfect match but both NJ and CT would have their flaws To that extent for the whole region NY state (or a PA though lacks beaches) would encomapass more with the rural mountainous regions etc.
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