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)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-25-2012, 10:57 PM
 
1,015 posts, read 1,541,509 times
Reputation: 746

Advertisements

There were also shared Scandinavian ethnic groups in these two areas, especially Swedes and Norwegians. Historically in the US there was a lot of this east-west movement roughly along different parallels.

I went to Minneapolis for the first time this summer and thought the city life felt a lot like Portland. Both seemed to be aiming for quality of urban life amid the greenery.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-25-2012, 10:59 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
14,800 posts, read 17,708,360 times
Reputation: 9029
Yes we are connected by Amtrak's Empire Builder line and Interstate 94/90.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-26-2012, 10:59 PM
 
Location: District of Columbia
737 posts, read 1,411,747 times
Reputation: 466
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drewcifer View Post
It is a pretty common thing for people from the Twin Cities to move to the northwest for a while when they are young. They usually end up moving back though, be careful dating them if you don't want to live in Minneapolis someday.
I've run into that alot with the natives I've meet. Except they all seem to move to California, or Colorado in their 20s and then move back to Minneapolis.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2012, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
1,168 posts, read 2,533,990 times
Reputation: 1354
Not sure about the history of the regions, but scenery/weather aside, cities like Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and Madison all feel like they're cut from the same cloth.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-29-2012, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
2,226 posts, read 3,142,569 times
Reputation: 809
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drewcifer View Post
Originally St Paul and Seattle were the terminuses of the Great Northern Railroad so I think in the broader culture that established the northwest as the main destination if you were looking to leave the Twin Cities.
There was the railroads. Overall, there was a lot of population movement from the upper midwest to the northwest. But that was 19th century, so I'm not sure that matters today (do people from Cleveland feel their New England connection, because I doubt it).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-29-2012, 01:37 AM
 
810 posts, read 1,129,802 times
Reputation: 476
I've always found it interesting how Minneapolis is so much more like a PNW city than midwestern city, although it's in the upper midwest.

Minneapolis has absolutely nothing in common with other midwestern cities. It actually feels liberal without trying. Also, Chicago always tops 'fattest cities' lists, but Minneapolis is always among the fittest. This paradox is interesting to say the least. They are only 5 hours away, yet have completely different cultures. Minneapolis also seems to accept LGBT as part of society (it's not seen as this radically different thing - it's normally accepted), where most large midwestern cities use having a visible gay population as something to prove major city status.

It also seems like hipsters might even be the majority in Minneapolis for those under 30, not the exception how they are in other large midwestern cities where you have to goto a specific neighborhood to find them.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-29-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
7,131 posts, read 9,901,913 times
Reputation: 6423
The historical connection that some people mentioned of the Upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest being tied by the old railroads is interesting. The Northern Pacific, The Great Northern, The Union Pacific all used to tie the Northwest with the Midwest (UP still does) and the Milwaukee Road used to go all the way to Chicago.

Then there is the population movement. I did not see any figures so I am just guessing that more of the people who now live in the Northwest, have roots in the Midwest rather than say the South Central or the Southeast.
Reply With Quote 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.


Reply
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.
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