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Old 11-25-2014, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Maryland and New Jersey- Solidly Democratic, yet surprisingly moderate. Predominantly suburban, with some rough urban areas. Shipping is a major industry in both states. Both are well known for their beaches in the east but also have beautiful often-forgotten-about highlands in the northwest.
Great comparison--too very similar states
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:22 PM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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Florida and California are like bizarro versions of each other.
I agree , it's weird.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I'd argue Connecticut and New Jersey are probably the most similar states which don't border each other. The wealthiest states in the country, but with numerous small cities with predominantly black/latino low income populations. Solidly Democratic on the federal level, but still open to electing Republicans on the local level. A landscape which is mostly wall-to-wall suburbia. Highly educated locals. And both tend to be overshadowed by a pair of larger states on their border, so much so that people tend to think they lack distinct character.

Of course, there aren't many cultural or accent similarities between say South Jersey on one side, or Eastern Connecticut on the other, although Fairfield/New Haven Counties and Northern New Jersey are pretty culturally similar. And New Jersey has a lot more dense towns than Connecticut. But overall the two do seem to mirror each other in many ways.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I'd argue Connecticut and New Jersey are probably the most similar states which don't border each other. The wealthiest states in the country, but with numerous small cities with predominantly black/latino low income populations. Solidly Democratic on the federal level, but still open to electing Republicans on the local level. A landscape which is mostly wall-to-wall suburbia. Highly educated locals. And both tend to be overshadowed by a pair of larger states on their border, so much so that people tend to think they lack distinct character.

Of course, there aren't many cultural or accent similarities between say South Jersey on one side, or Eastern Connecticut on the other, although Fairfield/New Haven Counties and Northern New Jersey are pretty culturally similar. And New Jersey has a lot more dense towns than Connecticut. But overall the two do seem to mirror each other in many ways.
Both states make the mistake of using Times New Roman on their license plates.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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New York and Virginia
One Major City Metro (DC and NYC)
Pockets of hipness (Charlottesville, Hudson River Valley)
Mountains and Beaches
Many medium and smaller cities
In Virginia the further south you go it becomes more redneck,
In NY it becomes redneck the more north you go.

Similar Tourism Phrases
Virginia is for Lovers (which was the original)
and I Love NY
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Florida and California are like bizarro versions of each other.
Not really.

Those two states are exact opposite.

Florida doesn't have mountains, its full of old people, its conservative in most parts, its flat, its humid, its semi-tropical, its surrounded on 3 side by water, what else...

I'd say the most similar state to California would be Texas, though superficially.
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:56 AM
 
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Minnesota and Michigan. Ohio and Illinois.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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Minnesota and Michigan. Ohio and Illinois.
I was literally getting ready to post the exact same thing!

You could also do:
Illinois & Pennsylvania
Wisconsin & Ohio
Michigan & Illinois (Detroit and Chicago)
Pennslvania & Michigan

New Jersey and Rhode Island is a good entirely Northeastern one.

West Virginia & Tennessee, Wikipedia once even compared Chattanooga to Charleston.

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Old 11-26-2014, 10:45 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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New York and Virginia
One Major City Metro (DC and NYC)
Pockets of hipness (Charlottesville, Hudson River Valley)
Mountains and Beaches
Many medium and smaller cities
In Virginia the further south you go it becomes more redneck,
In NY it becomes redneck the more north you go.

Similar Tourism Phrases
Virginia is for Lovers (which was the original)
and I Love NY
I didn't think of this one, but I think this is a very astute comparison.

I would add in an imperfect comparison since it involves only a part of one of the states, but for all that people like to throw Connecticut in with New York, I find that Rhode Island has a lot of similarities to Long Island and Westchester County (especially the more southern European ethnic parts of the county) in New York.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:27 AM
 
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Alabama and South Carolina
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