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View Poll Results: Which states are most likely to merge into one
North Dakota and South Dakota 17 48.57%
North Carolina and South Carolina 8 22.86%
Virginia and West Virginia 3 8.57%
Other (please explain) 7 20.00%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-18-2014, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I voted "other". Explanation: because the likelihood of any two states merging as one is about as likely to happen as a shark attack in Colorado.

It's not going to happen.
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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BTW, SC has a lot of "yankee" transplants also. Been to Charleston or Greenville lately?
Greenville doesn't really have an especially high number of Northern transplants, at least not like Charleston, Myrtle Beach , Hilton Head, and the Charlotte 'burbs. Its numbers are more in line with Columbia's, which people seem to not think is growing at all for some strange reason.
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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VA looks down on WV as redneck & stupid, WV looks down on VA as liberal. NC & SC both look down upon each other for the same reasons. I have heard that ND & SD both hate each other but am not sure why. So realistically none of them
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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Greenville doesn't really have an especially high number of Northern transplants, at least not like Charleston, Myrtle Beach , Hilton Head, and the Charlotte 'burbs. Its numbers are more in line with Columbia's, which people seem to not think is growing at all for some strange reason.
Is Columbia growing? I rarely go down there or have a reason, but it does remind me of Raleigh if RTP never existed. Both are obviously state capitals, with USC in Columbia and NC State in Raleigh. Possibly similar layouts, only Raleigh is much more suburban with a ton of sprawl.

I keep hearing how the Charleston area is becoming so New South-ish but I always thought it was the Upstate going in that direction, at least faster than Charleston. Am I wrong? Or is the Upstate kind of like the NC Triad?
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:32 PM
 
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Is Columbia growing? I rarely go down there or have a reason, but it does remind me of Raleigh if RTP never existed. Both are obviously state capitals, with USC in Columbia and NC State in Raleigh. Possibly similar layouts, only Raleigh is much more suburban with a ton of sprawl.
Columbia posts an above average growth rate; not as high as Raleigh, Charlotte, and Charleston, but higher than Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Greenville, and about the same as Durham. From 2000-2010, Columbia's metro grew 18.61% (120,440). In that same time period, here's how similarly-sized Carolinas MSAs grew:

Charleston: 21.05% (115,574)
Durham: 18.26% (77,846)
Greensboro: 12.49% (80,371)
Greenville: 13.76% (77,046)*
Winston-Salem: 13.21% (55,756)*

* = according to previous MSA delineations before neighboring counties were added last year

From 2010-2013, Columbia's MSA grew 3.41% (26,181). Here are the numbers for peer MSAs in the Carolinas in that span:

Charleston: 7.16% (47,613)
Durham: 5.99% (30,221)
Greensboro: 2.39% (17,264)
Greenville: 3.26% (26,853)
Winston-Salem: 1.60% (10,225)

Columbia tends to fly under the radar, but it's experiencing very healthy growth and there are a lot of good things happening there. It's also a relatively progressive city politically; it scored the highest in the Carolinas of the cities that were included on HRC's recent Municipal Equality Index.

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I keep hearing how the Charleston area is becoming so New South-ish but I always thought it was the Upstate going in that direction, at least faster than Charleston. Am I wrong? Or is the Upstate kind of like the NC Triad?
If by "New South-ish" you mean a bunch of suburban growth, then that's the case for all of SC's three largest metros. But as you can see by the growth rates, Charleston leads the pack in that department. The Upstate is similar to the Triad, but is experiencing faster growth. Manufacturing is mostly responsible for the growth in Charleston (Boeing) and Greenville (BMW), whereas Columbia is more dependent on a mix of industries (state government, manufacturing, insurance, military, etc.).
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (South Central Region)
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VA looks down on WV as redneck & stupid, WV looks down on VA as liberal.
Truth.

Just can't see those two states merging together. I can see the counties right along Interstate 81 in VA (Shenandoah Valley & Southwest VA) regions merged into WV. If that happen someday, it wouldn't be no panhandle.
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (South Central Region)
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Maryland and Delaware
I think a few years ago the eastern shore counties of Maryland wanted to secede from the rest of the state to form their own state called "Delmarva". Del = Delaware, Mar = Maryland, & VA.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:27 PM
 
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I think a few years ago the eastern shore counties of Maryland wanted to secede from the rest of the state to form their own state called "Delmarva". Del = Delaware, Mar = Maryland, & VA.
Named after the peninsula.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:26 PM
 
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The Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan...other than there, I don't see any other places merging.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:20 PM
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To answer the OP question, none of them are likely to merge. All three of these combos are fairly large, geographically, especially ND and SD. There's no need for merger.
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