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Old 12-21-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Two different kinds of Southern. Arkansas is more rural-Southern, but North Carolina, outside of it's major cities, is much more old South, IMO.

To me, the Western-South states (Arkansas, Louisiana, and parts of Texas and Oklahoma) have a different vibe than Eastern-South states.

As to the question of which "feels" more Southern, I'd say neither. They're just different flavors of Southern. Historically, Arkansas was the "frontier" part of the South, and NC was the more established colonial South. There's still an echo of these differences between the two states today. NC has recently become more urbanized, with many more transplants than AR has, but that old Southern culture is still alive and well in NC.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
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Arkansas hands down and in a good way.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:45 AM
 
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2019 here ... Confederate state dosent make ya southern lmao ya gotta be down south . Oh Playing football in the south is more relevant now days Sec sec .... Arkansas passes with flying colors .. I get on here to play games it seems not debatable west of Alabama
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:45 AM
 
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I'd go with North Carolina, as I think of the southeast as the "south". Arkansas is definitely southern, but once you cross the Mississippi it's a different kind. Arkansas is not that far away from me, and the south feels more foreign than a place that close should. That's not any kind of empirical response, just the way I see it.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I'd go with North Carolina, as I think of the southeast as the "south". Arkansas is definitely southern, but once you cross the Mississippi it's a different kind. Arkansas is not that far away from me, and the south feels more foreign than a place that close should. That's not any kind of empirical response, just the way I see it.
Western Arkansas mirrors the Appalachian south with the exception of some of the towns on the Arkansas River. Almost exclusively poor whites in the mountains excluding Washington/Benton Cos which are about as prosperous as 500K non resort population in the country.

But, eastern Arkansas in the delta is as southern as it gets if you consider Delta culture to be the most southern "brand" of southern culture. But that is certainly up for dispute.
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Old 02-25-2019, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Arkansas doesnít feel very Southern to me at all. Itís hard to explain but the vibe is just different after you leave Tennessee on I-40.

North Carolina, even with all its growth and urbanization, still feels very much Southern to me. From Asheville to Wilmington, there is no doubt NC is Southern.

Arkansas is where the West, Midwest, and South blend. Plus the University of Arkansas was not always an SEC team. 😃
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:39 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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If you look at the native culture, Arkansas is more like the Deep South (though certain parts resemble Appalachia) while North Carolina is definitely Upper South.

Arkansas has more native culture while NC's culture is more shaped by transplants and immigrants especially in the larger cities. For this reason I'd say Arkansas is more Southern.
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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The answer is it depends on the city/region of each state. Because Arkansas has far fewer transplants (outside of NW Arkansas) it is the most Southern.

For all you people who think west of the Mississippi makes Ark less Southern. That's what I used to think. Then I spent a few days in Little Rock and that completely changed my mind...it was totally Southern! I loved it btw.

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Old 02-26-2019, 05:25 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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The answer is it depends on the city. All of Arkansas feels very Southern except for NW Ark. In NC any place with tons of yankee transplants such as the Research Triangle feels less Southern while rural NC is very Southern. Overall, mostly due to transplants in NC, Arkansas is the more southern of the two.
Yeah, it's gotten to the point that in certain parts of NC (particularly around Raleigh- Cary just outside Raleigh especially, Durham, and Charlotte), if a native North Carolinian with a southern accent speaks, someone looks at them like "You aren't from around here are you?"

But you can go 50 miles from that point and it's like you've been immersed in a Dukes of Hazard show.
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:07 AM
 
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they are both 100% southern
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