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View Poll Results: Which Northern State Has The Most Southern Culture?
Kansas 1 0.92%
Missouri 51 46.79%
Illinois 12 11.01%
Indiana 16 14.68%
Ohio 11 10.09%
Pennsylvania 2 1.83%
Maryland 14 12.84%
Delaware 2 1.83%
Voters: 109. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-25-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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1. Maryland
2. Missouri (southern)
3. Indiana (southern)
4. Illinois (southern)
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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Michigan, especially SE michigan, is loaded with southern transplants and their descendents. Many of them carried their culture here with them. I grew up in Ohio and I had never heard of "soup beans" and unsweetened cornbread until I moved to Michigan, but these are apparently staples in many parts of the South. BBQ restaurants, pickup trucks with gun racks, deer hunting, and even Confederate flags are all common sights up here.

I vote Michigan.

Where? I cannot recall seeing a pickup with a gun rack. And BBQ restaurants in SE Michigan are not on every street corner.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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Seconded. Here in my city there's a good ammount of confederate flags, a couple of BBQ restaurants that are heavily southern themed, and alot of the people in the country act so southern you'd expect them to have accents. Lots of bible thumpers

What city is this?
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Maryland or Missouri. IL, IN, and OH have southern influences at their very southern tips. At least in IL, there's barely any sizable towns, let alone cities, to foster much of the southern influence.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Where? I cannot recall seeing a pickup with a gun rack. And BBQ restaurants in SE Michigan are not on every street corner.
Apparently you have never been to Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, or Jackson Counties. I live in rural Monroe County and those things are prolific here. There's a reason why they chose to locate a huge Cabela's store in this region. A vast percentage of the population of the city of Monroe either came from, or are the descendants of people who came from, Kentucky and Tennessee to work in the paper factories back in the mid-20th century.

I used to be a home hospice nurse who covered seven counties in SE Michigan. In my travels and experiences with that job I think I met at least as many elderly people who moved here from the South to work in the manufacturing and/or automotive industry as I did native born people. There's a reason why Lenawee County is nicknamed "Kentucky North of the Border", Taylor, a downriver suburb of Detroit, is nicknamed "Taylor-tucky", and why Hillsdale county is home to one if the biggest state militia groups in the country.
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I absolutely do not get the Cabela's reference - what does that have to do with the south? It's a Nebraska company that's currently building like mad all across the region; if you're pushing the hunting/fishing angle, it would be more appropriate way up north far away from any supposed southern influences in Michigan.
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Here and there
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Missouri, IME. Whenever we have been through there, even in the northern part of the state, it has a very southern style to it. The accent, the food, the pace, the beliefs, etc.
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:48 PM
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Location: West Michigan
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What city is this?
Battle Creek
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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I can't speak to Michigan as a whole, but I did notice this during a month I spent in the Detroit area. It was explained to me that back during Detroit's boomtown glory days, the majority of people who moved there to work in the Auto industry were from the South. Both Black and White alike.

In some of the Detroit suburbs I picked up on more than a few Southern accents, some of them pretty thick even.

Southern Missouri is pretty solidly Southern. There's little to no cultural difference between there and Arkansas, really. I also noticed a very heavy Southern vibe in the Southern parts of both Ohio and Illinois.
The Ozark Mountain region is very Southern like even most like the Deep South. It also the biggest meth producing region of the country. Just saying... sad but the scenery out that way is gorgeous.
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:53 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania
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I absolutely do not get the Cabela's reference - what does that have to do with the south? It's a Nebraska company that's currently building like mad all across the region; if you're pushing the hunting/fishing angle, it would be more appropriate way up north far away from any supposed southern influences in Michigan.
I don't either. Rural does not equal automatically mean Southern.

There is one in nearby Wheeling, WV and it's huge with a large customer base from Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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