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Old 01-16-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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The map probably has the spheres of influence close, but the culture doesn't always follow suit. That line is well south of U.S. 60 in the Missouri Bootheel, which is inaccurate. Sikeston, Charleston, Dexter and Poplar Bluff are not midwestern at all.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Appalachia includes part of the Northeast and South. If you had a Venn Diagram, West Virginia would fall into Appalachia, but not into the South and (IMO) only barely into the Northeast circle.

The 4-region model of the US is probably too simplistic in some ways. Oregon, Hawaii, and New Mexico are all considered Western but I'd say Oregon has more in common with the Midwest than it does with Hawaii and New Mexico.

I'd also say Ohio has more in common with Pennsylvania and New Jersey than it does with South Dakota, and West Virginia more in common with Tennessee than with Maine despite being 'northeastern'.

West Virginia is not "northeastern". It is rarely ever called northeastern. Sometimes southern, often mid-Atlantic or Appalachian, but rarely northeastern. It has very little of the qualities of the northeast.
Appalachian culture traditionally means "southern" Appalachia-WV, KY, TN, NC generally. You can see from this composite map (all public domain). 1. US Census 2000, light counties ancestry "American". 2. Map of Southern dialect per the Telsur project, Univ. of PA. 3. Religion map, red=Baptist green=Methodist. The Pew Religion Survey states that 36% of WV's religious population is Evangelical. That is not the northeast.

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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I've always found West Virginia tricky to categorize. It might be the most enigmatic state when it comes to putting it within a region. It has the strongest ties to western Pennsylvania, it's coal and steel mining people.
It's simple. The northern third of West Virginia is part of the interior Northeast, and the southern third of West Virginia is part of the interior South. (In between is the transition.)

The interior Northeast is defined as the intersection of Northeastern and Appalachian culture. The interior South is defined as the intersection of Southern and Appalachian culture.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:47 PM
 
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A friend of mine visiting a newsstand in a New England resort town asked about how many copies of the New York Times they sold vs. how many copies of the Boston Globe as a gauge of spheres of influence (this was back when newspaper readership was more universal).
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Thought this was a pretty interesting map. It has a lot of similarities with the Connected States of America map and I think is quite useful in delineating the true boundaries of regions.

CommonCensus Map Project - Maps

I made a regional map based off which city each area identifies with.
In the Western US. I'll Split it into three regions.

West Coast
Oregon
Washington
California

Mountain West
Montana
Wyoming
Idaho
Utah
Colorado

Southwest
New Mexico
Arizona
Nevada

All of these states have common with each other.

Washington and Oregon west of the cascades are similar to Coastal California in poliltics and lifestyle(Green, Liberal, Fusion cusines, Hipster etc).

Eastern Washington is more similar to Idaho. But Idaho overlaps more with the other Rocky Mountain states(Wyoming, Montana, Colorado).

Phoenix and Las Vegas have a strong Southern Californian influence, but the rest of those states are solidly Southwestern.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:04 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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West Virginia is not "northeastern". It is rarely ever called northeastern. Sometimes southern, often mid-Atlantic or Appalachian, but rarely northeastern. It has very little of the qualities of the northeast.
Appalachian culture traditionally means "southern" Appalachia-WV, KY, TN, NC generally. You can see from this composite map (all public domain). 1. US Census 2000, light counties ancestry "American". 2. Map of Southern dialect per the Telsur project, Univ. of PA. 3. Religion map, red=Baptist green=Methodist. The Pew Religion Survey states that 36% of WV's religious population is Evangelical. That is not the northeast.
For those who claim their ancestry to be "American", all I can think of is "Tea Party".
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:19 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Based on the Common Census map...


Cities with relatively large spheres of influence

- Atlanta
- Boston
- Chicago
- Denver
- Detroit
- Memphis
- Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Pittsburgh
- St. Louis
- Salt Lake City


Cities with relatively small spheres of influence

- Baltimore
- Charlotte
- Cincinnati
- Hartford
- Jacksonville
- Louisville
- Milwaukee
- Raleigh
- San Diego
- Virginia Beach/Norfolk
I suppose you are basing your spheres on geography regardless of whether or not those large or small areas are populated? It's also safe to assume that parts of the country where major cities are closer together, the geographic spheres will be smaller.
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