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Old 11-03-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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I'm originally from CT, now in Pgh. I'm all for property rights, less government, lower taxes, gun ownership, etc. (but not chain restaurants, lol).

Was in Tulsa once for a business trip. Driving around an area dominated by Oral Roberts University. Heard the political ads for US Senate candidates calling for death sentence for doctors performing abortions.

That was culture shock.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:59 PM
 
Location: 60630
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When I moved from Sweden to southern Oklahoma I had a little culture shock but I adapt fast whatever I go. I enjoy the big city and urban environment much better though.

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Old 11-03-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Ohio. New Englanders (and other Northeasterners) I've met have been quite shocked to come and realise how Northeastern the state truly feels. Of which it is...
Being shocked that there is no culture shock is not culture shock. It's just plain old shock.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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I'd have to say that's not really true. I feel like that distinction would probably belong to Californians or people in the deep south. Most of the east coast (and I mean all of the east coast...from New England to Florida) has citizens that are pretty well traveled at the very least throughout the eastern 1/3rd of the country. I feel like if anything there are fewer southerners who have traveled up north than vice versa. Most northerners have at least traveled to the south and/or know people who live there. Not necessarily the cast for most southerners.

As far as the OP's map/comments....I agree it is pretty misguided and that he/she should get out more. This whole country offers a great variety of cultural aspects yet at the same time has a familiar bond throughout that makes it just a great country to traverse.
Now this is a spot-on post!
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:08 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Given the mostly white demographics of New England I'd say you would probably have a big culture shock in California, Nevada, and New Mexico which you didn't include, plus New York and New Jersey. Additionally aside from Boston, New England is completely rural so New Jersey would be a HUGE culture shock to you. Places like Minnesota and Wisconsin actually MIGHT be more similar to New England than to let's say West Virginia where I am now.

I've met people from rural towns up north that swear their rural areas are somehow classier than WV.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:49 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Given the mostly white demographics of New England I'd say you would probably have a big culture shock in California, Nevada, and New Mexico which you didn't include, plus New York and New Jersey. Additionally aside from Boston, New England is completely rural so New Jersey would be a HUGE culture shock to you. Places like Minnesota and Wisconsin actually MIGHT be more similar to New England than to let's say West Virginia where I am now.
There's a number of small cities outside of Boston. And rural New England also contains lots of old mill towns.

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I've met people from rural towns up north that swear their rural areas are somehow classier than WV.
They're classier than rural upstate NY. Less run down looking, WV would far more extreme than upstate NY. Poverty is much lower than Appalachia.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:15 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Now for the reverse, I've heard some Southerners say the biggest culture shock is going to New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, even more so than the culture shock going to Pennsylvania and Maryland cities. I've heard that women in Massachusetts in particular somehow REALLY hate being called ma'am or having a door held open for them, more so than even New Jersey. I know people who have lived in Boston who say Maryland felt very slow to them and they were surprised how much strangers would talk to each other. I've heard though that even rural New Englanders aren't as open and friendly as rural Southerners or rural Westerners or even people from the western states.

The lack of religion in New England is VERY different than the South. I think even California with its Mexican immigrants is more religious than New England which is the least religious part of the nation. I also think New England is probably one of the very few places in the U.S. where even rural areas are liberal and Democrat. Certain parts of West Virginia was also like that though this has changed dramatically in recent years. If you go to rural Pennsylvania, rural Maryland it is very conservative but that is not the case in rural Vermont and Maine. I'm surprised a state as rural as Maine legalized gay marriage. In Maryland, where that also happened, most of the votes in favor of it came from the large cities while in rural counties up to 70 or 80% still voted against gay marriage.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:43 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Now for the reverse, I've heard some Southerners say the biggest culture shock is going to New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, even more so than the culture shock going to Pennsylvania and Maryland cities. I've heard that women in Massachusetts in particular somehow REALLY hate being called ma'am or having a door held open for them, more so than even New Jersey.
Ma'am might sound condescending here, nowhere I've lived did people use "ma'am". Not sure about the door held open.

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The lack of religion in New England is VERY different than the South. I think even California with its Mexican immigrants is more religious than New England which is the least religious part of the nation. I also think New England is probably one of the very few places in the U.S. where even rural areas are liberal and Democrat.
Rural New England isn't really any more conservative than the average.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I cringe at the thought of Americans having culture shock within their own country.


but Hawaii and maybe Mississippi

Are you serious? I wonder if you travel to other states much, or stick close to the upper Midwest. Loads of culture shock for me when I went south to even North Carolina.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:27 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Are you serious? I wonder if you travel to other states much, or stick close to the upper Midwest. Loads of culture shock for me when I went south to even North Carolina.
I don't even live in the Upper Midwest anymore so yes i get around much
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