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Old 12-30-2014, 04:17 AM
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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This is kinda interesting but I live in Iowa and usually when I drive south towards Arkansas, there is almost an imaginary border where the Midwest becomes South.

To me, if I am taking Highway 49 South of Kansas City, it happens usually around Nevada, MO and some of the surrounding communities. Joplin, Missouri to me feels no different than the Oklahoma or the Arkansas side.

When I take 35 South through Kansas towards Oklahoma, most of Kansas feels Midwest to me but I think it changes when you cross into Oklahoma, Ponca City, OK would be a place where to me it starts to feel more like South.

75 South of Cincinnati, it is a bit weird but the near suburbs of Cincy on the KY side feel a lot like Ohio and this last time, I felt like real Kentucky starts when you hit Crittenden or Dry Ridge, but the Florence Y'all water tower is also reminder that you are no longer in the Midwest

Where does the Midwest become South to you?

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Old 12-30-2014, 04:27 AM
Location: Ohio, USA
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Interstate 70
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:37 AM
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Originally Posted by CurlyFries View Post
Interstate 70
Too far north.

Along and north of U.S. 50, you're in the North, period. Along and south of U.S. 60, you're in the South, period. In between is transitory, becoming more Northern closer to U.S. 50, and more Southern closer to U.S. 60.
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:57 AM
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I've recently spent a lot of time in Kentucky and I agree with OP's analysis.

Florence still "feels" like a Cincinnati suburb to me, the real "southern" part begins a little south of there. The water tower is more of a warning than a gateway.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:07 AM
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I grew up in western Kentucky and have lived in Springfield MO and have more recently lived in the northern states. Travels back and forth....lends me to go along with Gnutella idea of north of US 50 is the north and south of US 60 the south, which includes most of Kentucky south of Henderson-Louisville-Ashland as definitely the south.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:37 AM
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I've always felt like the Ohio River is the dividing line most people have in their heads for north and south. The uneducated would claim that Louisville's northern suburbs are in the North While Louisvilles suburbs with KY zipcodes are southern, and that half mile of water that seperates them is all the difference culturally and so on. To me it's a little more ambiguous than that. I'd say the Ohio River give or take 100 miles on each side because you see strong influences of both.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:15 AM
Location: West Tennessee
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+1 for U.S. 60. In Missouri, there are people who are culturally southern that live north of that line, but the blending starts taking place a few miles north of U.S. 60 (At least in the bootheel). It is a bit more complicated as you get up into the Ozarks.

Near the river on the Missouri side, there is about 40 miles from being 100% in the south culturally and 100% in the midwest culturally.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:34 AM
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Here's my map....

The border between the upper and "lower" or deep south..

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Old 12-30-2014, 07:48 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by EricOldTime View Post
Here's my map....

The border between the upper and "lower" or deep south..
I would agree with a lot of that, but I think most of Tennessee is more "Deep" than "Upper". In states like TN, NC, and SC, it's more a rural/urban thing than a nice dividing line.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:20 AM
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Let me find you some information to explain it to you
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