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Old 10-12-2013, 12:24 PM
 
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We all know one state cannot embody a whole nation, however, what state would come closest to being the All-American state.

I was born in Olympia, WA, however, my parents moved to the UK when I was VERY young. I wouldn't say my home state is All-American (however, I have only lived there for 2 years as a baby, so not great recollection).

I'd rule out:

Washington (State, obvs)
Idaho
Montana
Wyoming
New Mexico
Arizona
Hawaii
Alaska
Arizona
Oregon
North Dakota
South Dakota
Maine
Florida
Louisiana
Mississippi
Delaware
Vermont
Minnesota
Nevada
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Connecticut

Curious to know what states out of the remaining states would sum up the USA.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, and Maryland.

In that same order.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa leap to mind.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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Interstingly enough, I think Illinois might be the state that demographically most resembles the US as a whole(in terms of ethnic breakdown).


Illinois -
71.5% White American (63.7% non-Hispanic white, 7.8% White Hispanic)
14.5% Black or African American
0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native
4.6% Asian American
2.3% Multiracial American
6.8% some other race
15.8% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin

United States
72.4% White American (63.7% non-Hispanic white, 8.7% White Hispanic)
12.6% Black or African American
0.9% American Indian and Alaska Native
4.8% Asian American
2.9% Multiracial American
6.2% some other race
16.4% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin

Illinois has the same percentage of non-Hispanic whites as the US as a whole, almost the exact same percentage of Asians and Hispanics and so on. Not sure if that's what the OP was going for, but it's an interesting fact. And the state has both the cosmopolitan diversity of Chicago and the more conservative and rural rest of the state--touching on both the rural Midwest and the South.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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By definition of the term All-American and visualization most have of it (Baseball, Apple Pie, Hot Dogs and Chevrolet, etc) I would say states like Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa hit the mark best.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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Every state is too small but Pennslyvania, New York, California and Texas come close.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:18 PM
 
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Every state is too small but Pennslyvania, New York, California and Texas come close.
Yes, I agree that the larger states reflect America the most becuase they have the demographic, economic, political, and geographic diversity that encompasses America, as opposed to the more rural and smaller states. Add Illinois to the above four and I think you could take your pick from these five states as the all-American one. And not all-American in the cornball, baseball, apple pie, chevrolet, small town, way -- though you can certainly find that in any of these these five states. Its just that you can find almost all of the rest of America in them too.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:22 PM
 
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Indiana
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:52 PM
 
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Ohio. A lot of tv shows or movies that want to portray that All American vibe are set in Ohio.
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