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Old 08-30-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I'm not seeking validation. I simply want to know if some regions are more presitigious than others. And if so, why?
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!

How many different times and ways do people have to tell you NO?'
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Least prestigious: Detroit.

Within city limits, that is, not the ring of affluent suburbs that surround it.
Oddly enough, while people have very negative perceptions of Detroit itself, I haven't noticed that many negative perceptions about people from Detroit (outside of racists.) For example, Detroit has a lot of crime, but a non-criminal, "normal" person from Detroit is viewed relatively reasonably in comparison to somebody from many other parts of the country.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Based totally on stereotypes:

Alabama: In an Old South way - yes, otherwise - no
Alaska: No
Arizona: No
Arkansas: No
California: Near Hollywood, the beach areas of southern California, and in/near San Francisco - yes, the rest of the state - no
Colorado: In rich mountain towns - yes, otherwise - no
Connecticut: Yes, but not everywhere
Delaware: Maybe (most people don't know that Delaware exists)
District of Columbia: Yes
Florida: In a few areas near Miami - yes, otherwise - no
Georgia: In an old South way, and around parts of Atlanta - yes, otherwise - no
Hawaii: No
Idaho: No
Illinois: More so than the rest of the Midwest in/near Chicago, but generally - no
Indiana: No
Iowa: No
Kansas: No
Kentucky: No
Louisiana: No
Maine: No
Maryland: Near D.C. - yes, otherwise - no
Massachusetts: Yes, but not everywhere
Michigan: No
Minnesota: No
Mississippi: In an Old South way - yes, otherwise - no
Missouri: No
Montana: No
Nebraska: No
Nevada: No
New Hampshire: No, outside of a few areas
New Jersey: Some areas yes, some areas no
New Mexico: No
New York: Near New York City and Long Island - yes, the rest of the state - no
North Carolina: No
North Dakota: No
Ohio: No
Oklahoma: No
Oregon: In/near Portland - maybe, otherwise - no
Pennsylvania: Not really
Rhode Island: Maybe, but probably not
South Carolina: In an Old South way - maybe, otherwise - no
South Dakota: No
Tennessee: No
Texas: In a brash, Texan way - yes, otherwise - no
Utah: In a Mormon way - yes, otherwise - no
Vermont: Maybe
Virginia: Near D.C. - yes, otherwise - no
Washington: In/near Seattle - maybe, otherwise - no
West Virginia: No
Wisconsin: No
Wyoming: No

So, in conclusion - most places don't make themselves feel prestigious. It's limited to certain urban areas on the East and West coasts, possibly Chicago, and a few defiant ways in the South.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:11 PM
 
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Least prestigious

Camden, Detroit, Flint, Gary, Baltimore, East St. Louis, New Orleans, Atlanta, Oakland, Newark, North Las Vegas, South LA
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:12 PM
 
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Originally Posted by BajanYankee View Post
Just to make it easy, let's use the Census regions: Northeast, South, Midwest and West.
I wish this thread came with a poll. I'd be willing to bet a hefty amount the ranking from most prestigious to least would be: 1) Northeast, 2) West, 3) Midwest, 4) South.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Based totally on stereotypes:

Alabama: In an Old South way - yes, otherwise - no
Alaska: No
Arizona: No
Arkansas: No
California: Near Hollywood, the beach areas of southern California, and in/near San Francisco - yes, the rest of the state - no
Colorado: In rich mountain towns - yes, otherwise - no
Connecticut: Yes, but not everywhere
Delaware: Maybe (most people don't know that Delaware exists)
District of Columbia: Yes
Florida: In a few areas near Miami - yes, otherwise - no
Georgia: In an old South way, and around parts of Atlanta - yes, otherwise - no
Hawaii: No
Idaho: No
Illinois: More so than the rest of the Midwest in/near Chicago, but generally - no
Indiana: No
Iowa: No
Kansas: No
Kentucky: No
Louisiana: No
Maine: No
Maryland: Near D.C. - yes, otherwise - no
Massachusetts: Yes, but not everywhere
Michigan: No
Minnesota: No
Mississippi: In an Old South way - yes, otherwise - no
Missouri: No
Montana: No
Nebraska: No
Nevada: No
New Hampshire: No, outside of a few areas
New Jersey: Some areas yes, some areas no
New Mexico: No
New York: Near New York City and Long Island - yes, the rest of the state - no
North Carolina: No
North Dakota: No
Ohio: No
Oklahoma: No
Oregon: In/near Portland - maybe, otherwise - no
Pennsylvania: Not really
Rhode Island: Maybe, but probably not
South Carolina: In an Old South way - maybe, otherwise - no
South Dakota: No
Tennessee: No
Texas: In a brash, Texan way - yes, otherwise - no
Utah: In a Mormon way - yes, otherwise - no
Vermont: Maybe
Virginia: Near D.C. - yes, otherwise - no
Washington: In/near Seattle - maybe, otherwise - no
West Virginia: No
Wisconsin: No
Wyoming: No

So, in conclusion - most places don't make themselves feel prestigious. It's limited to certain urban areas on the East and West coasts, possibly Chicago, and a few defiant ways in the South.
Brilliant! This about sums it up. Seriously, most people on here pretty much think along these lines.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:17 PM
 
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Terrible thread...I wish people hadn't started answering this like it was legitimate. Always some who take the bait.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:21 PM
 
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Terrible thread...I wish people hadn't started answering this like it was legitimate. Always some who take the bait.
It is kind of a dumb thread, but I think it's absolutely true that the Northeast carries more prestigious than the South. The South is my favorite region, and I will tell anyone who will listen to go down there and see it for themselves. Still, there's no denying it's the least prestigious region.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I still think that sometimes there's not much difference between "prestigious" and "pretentious."
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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I still think that sometimes there's not much difference between "prestigious" and "pretentious."
Agreed. I'd take the down home feel of the South over the Northeast any day. I grew up in California believing all of the ignorant, know-nothing stereotypes about the South that many Californians who have never been east of Las Vegas have. I also grew up thinking NYC is a magic mecca of all things good. Once I started traveling and experiencing the country for myself I found -- yeah, NYC is pretty cool, but I'd much rather live in Virginia, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, etc. The South just feels right to me. It's pretty and has plenty of culture without making a fuss.

That said, I stand by my ranking in prestige: Northeast, West, Midwest, South.
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