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View Poll Results: Is Missouri or West Virginia more southern?
Missouri 29 39.73%
West Virginia 44 60.27%
Voters: 73. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-01-2015, 03:37 PM
 
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Both are roughly the same, to be completely honest. I've heard both described as "Mountain South" although that's only true for southern Missouri (Ozarks). Also, Kansas City and St. Louis are solidly Midwestern cities. However, the WV cities close to the Pittsburgh metro like Morgantown and Wheeling aren't really "southern" IMO. It's really a draw, maybe WV has a slight edge. Both states along with Oklahoma are more southern than Maryland and Delaware, though.
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:52 PM
 
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Both are roughly the same, to be completely honest. I've heard both described as "Mountain South" although that's only true for southern Missouri (Ozarks). Also, Kansas City and St. Louis are solidly Midwestern cities. However, the WV cities close to the Pittsburgh metro like Morgantown and Wheeling aren't really "southern" IMO. It's really a draw, maybe WV has a slight edge. Both states along with Oklahoma are more southern than Maryland and Delaware, though.
Both Kansas City and St. Louis are at the far edge of the Midwest. The rural counties south of both cities have a significant amount of southern influences and do not feel very similar to the vast majority of the Midwest at all. Also, in terms of landscape and climate WV does feel more northern as it does have some high elevated parts that get a substantial amount of snow each Winter. (Snowshoe, Canaan Valley, etc).
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Old 01-01-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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This is a really good question, tough to answer. I'm going to say Missouri though...it's closer to the traditional south and I think southern Missouri definitely is southern. WV as others have said is more Appalachia and hillbilly like, and it borders Ohio and Pennsylvania neither of which are any kind of southern.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:17 PM
 
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I haven't ever been to West Virginia, but I was born and raised in Southeast Missouri. I always considered myself southern, but I also feel like that wasn't something that is very common statewide. West Virginia doesn't have anything like the bootheel, but West Virginia also doesn't have anything like St. Louis either. Interesting discussion though.
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:31 AM
 
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Here's my map...once again...

Davy-040, without sounding rude: You're from the Netherlands, have you been to either Missouri or West Virginia? I'd say West Virginia is "mostly" southern appalachian but Missouri is mostly midwestern. However, a good portion of Missouri, just south and west of St Louis is VERY much southern, alebit the upland south but isn't much different from Kentucky or middle Tennessee. Even so they both are a different kind of southern


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Old 01-02-2015, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Here's my map...once again...

Davy-040, without sounding rude: You're from the Netherlands, have you been to either Missouri or West Virginia?
No i haven't, so what? It says you are located in Argentina
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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This is a really good question, tough to answer. I'm going to say Missouri though...it's closer to the traditional south and I think southern Missouri definitely is southern. WV as others have said is more Appalachia and hillbilly like, and it borders Ohio and Pennsylvania neither of which are any kind of southern.
Many people consider extreme southeastern Ohio to be part of the upper south.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:22 AM
 
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No i haven't, so what? It says you are located in Argentina
I've been to both, several times. My family is all from Kentucky, but I spent the last several years or so before coming to Argentina in Florida..

Southern Appalachian culture is similar to southern Ozark culture but there's alot of differences as well. Even the "twang" is different between the two. Western Kentucky would be more like southern Missouri, while eastern Kentucky would be more like southern and central West Virginia.
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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Many people consider extreme southeastern Ohio to be part of the upper south.
Marietta is a pretty southern town in an otherwise northern state.
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: IN
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Here's my map...once again...

Davy-040, without sounding rude: You're from the Netherlands, have you been to either Missouri or West Virginia? I'd say West Virginia is "mostly" southern appalachian but Missouri is mostly midwestern. However, a good portion of Missouri, just south and west of St Louis is VERY much southern, alebit the upland south but isn't much different from Kentucky or middle Tennessee. Even so they both are a different kind of southern

The upper South line extends northward closer to KC. Go and drive through towns in Vernon County, St. Clair County, Benton County, etc and tell me those places are NOT southern in some way.

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