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Old 08-20-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Not really true. The most hated region on this forum is New England, by far. It always loses poll contests and almost no one recommends it to people looking to relocate, because it usually doesn't meet most people's criteria.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Warren, OH
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Sure parts of it are backwards, flat and boring but much of it is green, hilly and surprisingly progressive or at least moderate politically and well educated. I think Iowa is one of the most beautiful states in the country, it resembles the English countryside in my opinion.

Midwestern weather definitely isn't for everybody but personally I prefer a dose of each season over a climate that is hot in January.

People here are politically moderate. Or at least, less likely to be nasty about it. They are accepting and congenial.

The Summers are cool. Fall is long and colorful. Winter isn't the best after January. But you take the good with the bad.

It does resemble the English countryside. We also have a beautiful waterfront.

There are many fine colleges and universities here. Wish I moved earlier in my family's life.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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I spent the last 2 summers in the midwest(Central Illinois), and I was in each of the states other than South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas this summer and I've never been to Nebraska or Kansas. Coming from the east coast, there just isn't a lot going on. There are a lot of nice medium sized cities, but they aren't places you dream about living. It was way to flat out there, not enough trees, not enough diversity. The people are normal, the land is normal, they have the town Normal, nothing other than Chicago or MSP stood out to me, although I did have one of the most fun weekends of my life in St. Louis.

Most of the cities and towns were "cleaner" than east coast cities.

There aren't big cities and it isn't like where I'm from where every few miles is a small town separated from each other by forest(instead of corn). I will call the Great Lakes the beach, but I'd pick a real ocean over them.

The weather isn't great, humid in the summer, freezing in the winter.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:03 PM
 
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The Midwest hides it's secret charms very well. Take interstate 80 for example. If someone from the coasts, fed a lifetime of stereotypes of the region from the navel-gazers in NYC and LA were to take a coast to coast road trip....they'd look out their windows and think there was not much to see in the Midwest. Yet less than half an hour from the Interstate in Ohio is this

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Just north of the Interstate in Indiana is this

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15 minutes south of Interstate 80 is Illinois is this

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http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jense...d/IMG_5776.JPG
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1053/...0a059d26_b.jpg

Iowa has incredibly beautiful countryside, particularly in the northeast, as well as the Loess Hills in the west, and Nebraska's Sand Hills extend parallel to Interstate 80 the length of the state but are hardly visible from the Interstate.

http://www.google.co.kr/search?q=San...w=1024&bih=672



But from simply driving along the I-80, the most travelled E-W highway in the country, you'd come away with the impression that the Midwest has little to no scenery. And don't get me started on Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, or the Ozarks of Missouri, or the Dakota Badlands and Black Hills.

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Old 08-21-2014, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I spent the last 2 summers in the midwest(Central Illinois), and I was in each of the states other than South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas this summer and I've never been to Nebraska or Kansas. Coming from the east coast, there just isn't a lot going on. There are a lot of nice medium sized cities, but they aren't places you dream about living. It was way to flat out there, not enough trees, not enough diversity. The people are normal, the land is normal, they have the town Normal, nothing other than Chicago or MSP stood out to me, although I did have one of the most fun weekends of my life in St. Louis.

Most of the cities and towns were "cleaner" than east coast cities.

There aren't big cities and it isn't like where I'm from where every few miles is a small town separated from each other by forest(instead of corn). I will call the Great Lakes the beach, but I'd pick a real ocean over them.

The weather isn't great, humid in the summer, freezing in the winter.
Well, you just described Central IL, but not not anywhere north of IL. I suspect you were "in" each state's cities that you listed and nowhere else at any point besides the central IL countryside.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I often think the Midwest does get too little credit.

I've lived in both Iowa and Indiana (from rural TN originally) and have been to every Midwestern state listed but ND.

The Midwest generally seems to be more educated and a little less conservative than the South. Most Iowans and Minnesotans especially come from a Germanic/Scandinavian background. Public schools are pretty good in both states (much better than all but the best parts of TN) - where I'm at in Indiana, the schools are good, but often the rural areas are about where like I'm from in TN. Even here in Indiana, most people seem more politically moderate, whereas in TN, if you aren't a Republican, your voice is not valued.

The weather is what it is, with the eastern half of the Midwest being a lot more tolerable than the Plains states. Iowa was blistering hot in the summer with little in the way of trees to provide relief, terribly cold in the winter, and windy all the time. Somewhere like southern IN is going to be a lot more temperate. I would never live in the Dakotas, MN, IA, or NE just on the weather alone.

There is more scenery than you would initially expect, particularly in the northern states (WI, MN, MI). Iowa and Nebraska never had much that was visually appealing.

One reason that people often have negative impressions of the Midwest is that Midwestern interstates often go through the most industrial or ugly areas of the region.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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One reason that people often have negative impressions of the Midwest is that Midwestern interstates often go through the most industrial or ugly areas of the region.
Totally true - even locals dread long flat treeless runs on interstates through OH/IN/IL/IA, and further - these are the least scenic states in the Midwest overall, even if they do have much more beautiful features in regions outside the interstate (especially Iowa).
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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Like others have said, I dont think it is 'hate' for the midwest. For me, it was the generally featureless landscape.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Hamburg, NY
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After growing up in the transition zone between the Midwest and Northeast (Western New York State - more Midwestern culturally than Northeastern) and then living in the real Northeast (Long Island), I will take the Midwest anyday! Normal people, down to earth values, educated but not pretentious people, friendly but not "fake friendly" like the South, affordable cost of living. I'll take the "boring" Midwest over the exhusting Northeast thank you!
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Most people like the Midwest especially the Upper Midwest. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa have some the friendliest and most gorgeous girls on earth. Who exactly hates the Midwest. I guess Ohio and Michigan get the most hate because cities are often crime ridden. I like the Midwest. I am from Ohio but live in Kentucky now.
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