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View Poll Results: Southernmost northeastern state
New Jersey 29 23.58%
Pennsylvania 14 11.38%
Delaware 7 5.69%
Maryland 45 36.59%
West Virginia 11 8.94%
Virginia 17 13.82%
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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One thing I will say, looking at city data's page on Baltimore ethnic groups, it's definitely a very diverse Southern town even if it is over 60% Black.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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The METRO region of Chicago has lost considerable amounts of Italians and Irish as well. But that has more to do with them being fed up of living in Illinois.
The same thing has also happened here. Ever hear of "Flawrida"? Or Arizona? It's just that there were so many more here that the influence is more strongly felt today. And as the article noted, there was some Post War immigration that helped keep communities intact.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:39 AM
 
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One thing I will say, looking at city data's page on Baltimore ethnic groups, it's definitely a very diverse Southern town even if it is over 60% Black.
White flight is the culprit for the high black population. Baltimore's suburbs are very diverse as well. In my neighborhood alone there is a large Middle Eastern and Korean presence. Most of the restaurants, that aren't chains, are Halal or East Asian. No chicken boxes here. Lol.
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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Not entirely. Baltimore's metro area is 29% Black, a significantly higher percentage than NYC and Philadelphia.
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Only a few deep south states have a higher black % than Maryland.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:08 PM
 
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Felicia Pearson (Purrson as she calls herself) definitely has some Southern in her accent.

The way she says carry "curry", character "curricter", thing "thang", man "mayn" show similarities with the way other Southerners speak. To say that her accent doesn't have Southern in it is preposterous.

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Old 09-11-2014, 01:26 PM
 
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Felicia Pearson (Purrson as she calls herself) definitely has some Southern in her accent.

The way she says carry "curry", character "curricter", thing "thang", man "mayn" show similarities with the way other Southerners speak. To say that her accent doesn't sound Southern is preposterous.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:31 PM
 
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The same thing has also happened here. Ever hear of "Flawrida"? Or Arizona? It's just that there were so many more here that the influence is more strongly felt today. And as the article noted, there was some Post War immigration that helped keep communities intact.
Chicago's Italian population is much smaller than that of NY/NJ both in raw numbers and as a percentage of the population. However in some ways it fared better than just about anywhere else. For instance while Philadelphia has a higher percentage of Italian Americans than Chicago and has more Italian enclaves, there seem to be more Italian speaking Italians in Chicago. How much weight should be given to the presence of immigrants and language speakers vs. "identity" and residential concentration is open to question.

remaining Italian enclaves

Chicago as Eddie points out is also the Polish capital of America, and has attracted more recent immigration - the numbers born in Poland surged after 1980 and there are still 140,000 Polish speakers in Cook County. In contrast, other Polish centers like Detroit and Buffalo saw their immigration dry up decades ago and Polish-born and Polish speakers make up a very small percentage of the Polish American populations there at this point. Though of course Poles are more associated with Midwest/Great Lakes...

So Chicago is no slouch as an "ethnic" city. But nobody's disputing its status or saying it's "really Northeastern."
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:39 PM
 
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I was watching Friday Night Fights on ESPN featuring a Native Chicagoan and a fighter from Warsaw. The fight was at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. There was WAY more support for the Polish fighter than for the American fighter. In fact, I just found the link.

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The crowd was full of people waving Polish flags. It looked more like a soccer game than a fight. Or perhaps a Ricky Hatton fight.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:31 PM
 
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I was watching Friday Night Fights on ESPN featuring a Native Chicagoan and a fighter from Warsaw. The fight was at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. There was WAY more support for the Polish fighter than for the American fighter. In fact, I just found the link.

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Delivers Action Packed Night of Bouts From Chicago | BoxingInsider.com

The crowd was full of people waving Polish flags. It looked more like a soccer game than a fight. Or perhaps a Ricky Hatton fight.
House music is big here. It originated here. When I went to a house music concert in Bucktown/Wicker Park, there were TONS of Polish people there. Polish Americans and Polish natives who moved to Chicago. The House scene is very popular with our Polish people. There were also many Romanians there, and though they don't make up a large percentage of our metro pop., they do love hanging out with our Polish people and find kinship with them. Anyway, while there I saw people waving Polish flags to the music. It was really indicative of how much Polish culture is respected and loved in this city, even among non-Poles.

If you hear Polish people in Chicago talk, they definitely don't sound NE and their accent is just like mine and everyone else.

As far as Italians go, they aren't very common in the city proper. I hear they used to be. These days, though, if you are Italian everyone just thinks you are Mexican since Italians aren't seen that often here. Some suburbs, though, like Melrose/Elmwood Park and Chicago Heights maintain an Italian spirit, with many old school Italian speaking communities and their Italian Catholic Churches where the old folk are very religious, into their relics. The young Italians meanwhile have assimilated, and you don't really see them making a huge deal about Italian culture the way NE Italians do.
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