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View Poll Results: Which Midwestern states feels the most Western?
Minnesota 1 2.08%
North Dakota 2 4.17%
South Dakota 34 70.83%
Nebraska 8 16.67%
Kansas 3 6.25%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-19-2015, 08:44 AM
 
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Isn't the divisor between the humid midwest/east and the arid west the 100th meridian, just a little more than halfway (west) across Nebraska? Of course, there's no actual dividing line like that, it's more gradual.
The dividing line is about two states wide, starting from eastern iowa/Illinois and going all the way to wrstern nebraska. The 100th meridian is a marker of convenience, understandably. Precipitation decreases from east to west in that zone. From about 40 in se iowa to 28-30 in lincoln-omaha to 16 inches a year in scottsbluff.

Just some specifics for ya!
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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^^Minnesota is very midwestern. Lots of churchgoers, while Portland and Seattle are among the most unchurched cities in the country. Just one example.

As Philadelphia is not the midwest, and Cleveland is marginal, I don't know why they are part of the discussion.
Cleveland is as midwest as Detroit and Chicago, nothing marginal about its place in the Midwest!
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:54 AM
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Cleveland is as midwest as Detroit and Chicago, nothing marginal about its place in the Midwest!
It sure gets argued about a lot! Some think all of Ohio is "the east". There's a thread about it right now.

Some people think even Pittsburgh is a midwestern city.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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It sure gets argued about a lot! Some think all of Ohio is "the east". There's a thread about it right now.

Some people think even Pittsburgh is a midwestern city.
Yeah, there's been a lot of debate lately, but really, Ohio is Midwest with influences from the upland south in the southern portion, and inland east in the northeast section of the state.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:00 AM
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About 60% of the population of MN lives in the Minneapolis MSA. Minneapolis drives Minnesota.
I'm aware of that, but we're mostly comparing states (or rather portions of states) here. Most of Minnesota, geographically and culturally outside of MSP, doesn't feel like the Pac NW at all. For that matter it doesn't feel quite "Western" either - the state itself, including the Twin Cities metro IMO, is quintessentially Midwestern.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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Very awesome pictures, proving that western Nebraska definitely looks like it could be a part of the West.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:09 AM
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Great pictures, though I still think Western SD is more "Western" because it has mountains and desert-like/badland features.

Driving on I-80 through NE is really boring, but I always loved driving through the Sandhills region or north of Grand Island. There are some really remote but beautiful areas there. Nebraska gets a bad rap for being a boring/ugly state, but I think it has some of the more uniquely beautiful spots in the country. The Sandhills feel like a different world.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:15 AM
 
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Voting going the way it should (1 vote for ND is a bit puzzling, though I'd throw it 3rd/4th). SD is most Western by a good bit, but NE is a strong second.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:27 AM
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^^Minnesota is very midwestern. Lots of churchgoers, while Portland and Seattle are among the most unchurched cities in the country. Just one example.
From what I remember, Minnesota appeared more open in landscape, more "big sky" than further east. Wisconsin had rolling hills and some woods [yes I know Illinois is almost all flat farmland outside urban areas], Western Minnesota appeared drier. Precipitation map shows it's getting drier:




Not to the levels of the "arid west" but it's starting to transition. Clearly, hardwoods are doing just fine here when uncultivated:

https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6154...STH2TJ3mJQ!2e0
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