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View Poll Results: Are the Western states more "transplant-friendly" than the Southern states?
Yes 95 61.69%
No 59 38.31%
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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I chose to move out West, I personally feel a more live and let live mentality out here and I'd rather not be in the "damn yankee" classification, that would get uber annoying. I enjoy visiting the south but there is a certain regionally exclusive identity in many parts that I just could not adapt well to and would feel a bit alienated. I'm sure if I moved to a small town in NM I'd be singing a different tune. But here in ABQ I'd say 40% the people I work with are from somewhere else and it's an easy place to live.
That is how I always felt about transplanting to southern states, other than Florida. Westerners and Floridians generally have more of a live and let live attitude about transplants which would make me feel more comfortable, where as native southerners seem to be more provincial.
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:06 AM
 
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That is how I always felt about transplanting to southern states, other than Florida. Westerners and Floridians generally have more of a live and let live attitude about transplants which would make me feel more comfortable, where as native southerners seem to be more provincial.
I couldn't agree more. Very well-said.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:26 PM
 
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That is how I always felt about transplanting to southern states, other than Florida. Westerners and Floridians generally have more of a live and let live attitude about transplants which would make me feel more comfortable, where as native southerners seem to be more provincial.
Fundamentally, I do think you're right about this--Westerners aren't above such provincialism, far from it, but in lacking a history of inter-regional military conflict and nationalism, provincial hostilities, while they are still observable, aren't as deeply ingrained into the culture.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:36 PM
 
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That is how I always felt about transplanting to southern states, other than Florida. Westerners and Floridians generally have more of a live and let live attitude about transplants which would make me feel more comfortable, where as native southerners seem to be more provincial.
It greatly depends on what part of the South you are moving to. Here in Atlanta this is like a transplant capital. You are very likely to be in your everyday dealings in contact with crowds of people that moved here from other regions. It's very likely your neighbors may be from Ohio or D.C. or New Jersey. So many of the people who do live here are growth boosters who will welcome you to death making sure you are comfortable here and letting you know they are glad you came. You see fewer and fewer people that were born and raised here. (especially who's parents were born here) and there are more and more people here that don't even speak english as a first language.

Now other parts of the South depending on where you go can be a totally, totally different story.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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I wish I knew. I'm originally from CT so I fit in just about anywhere else outside of NY state. I have relatives here and in places like Albuquerque, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis who are just fine there as well.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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Fundamentally, I do think you're right about this--Westerners aren't above such provincialism, far from it, but in lacking a history of inter-regional military conflict and nationalism, provincial hostilities, while they are still observable, aren't as deeply ingrained into the culture.
Little off topic but if you look at the history, the provincialism makes sense. Western states were populated by immigrants and Midwestern/Northern transplants looking for new opportunities (started with the gold rush). The Midwest was populated starting in the mid-1800s by many German and Scandinavian immigrants. The Northeast is built on mostly immigrants, with the largest influx from the early 1900s. In the Southeast, many people and families trace their roots back pre-Revolutionary war. Until recent years, very few immigrants came to the south with the exception of South Florida which was settled by Northerners and Cuban immigrants. Also, Tampa had a larger number of immigrants (particularly Cuban and Italian) than the other Southern cities, which is another reason why Florida is more "transplant friendly."

Receiving much less immigrants until recent years, along with the Civil War and political conflicts is the reason why the Southeast seems to be more provincial and less welcoming to transplants than other regions in the US.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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It greatly depends on what part of the South you are moving to. Here in Atlanta this is like a transplant capital. You are very likely to be in your everyday dealings in contact with crowds of people that moved here from other regions. It's very likely your neighbors may be from Ohio or D.C. or New Jersey. So many of the people who do live here are growth boosters who will welcome you to death making sure you are comfortable here and letting you know they are glad you came. You see fewer and fewer people that were born and raised here. (especially who's parents were born here) and there are more and more people here that don't even speak english as a first language.

Now other parts of the South depending on where you go can be a totally, totally different story.
I was talking more in general terms. But yes you are right. There are places like Atlanta, Raleigh, and Nashville to an extent that have become mostly transplants and its the norm.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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It greatly depends on what part of the South you are moving to. Here in Atlanta this is like a transplant capital. You are very likely to be in your everyday dealings in contact with crowds of people that moved here from other regions. It's very likely your neighbors may be from Ohio or D.C. or New Jersey. So many of the people who do live here are growth boosters who will welcome you to death making sure you are comfortable here and letting you know they are glad you came. You see fewer and fewer people that were born and raised here. (especially who's parents were born here) and there are more and more people here that don't even speak english as a first language.

Now other parts of the South depending on where you go can be a totally, totally different story.
Thank you for your response, Galounger. Great post!

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I'm originally from CT so I fit in just about anywhere else outside of NY state.
What do you mean by this, superk?
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:46 PM
 
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I don't know what it is, but Californians are absolutely the worst when it comes to stereotyping the South and southerners.

I've heard more prejudicial attitudes about southerners coming from California than about any place in the nation. Perhaps it has to do with their more isolated location and being more liberal relative to the South. I think that a lot of the negative stereotypes from northerners have wained a lot over the past twenty years, yet they still seem to be somewhat strong out in California.
It's probably due to the fact that they have Southern "okie" roots somewhere down the line.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:57 PM
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Western states are transplant friendly for sure. I think certain areas in the South are, too, but it depends on the area more so than the West.
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