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View Poll Results: Of the Upper South states outside of the mountains, are they part of the Sun Belt?
Yes 12 35.29%
No 16 47.06%
Only parts of the non-Appalachian Upper South 6 17.65%
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:01 PM
 
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I think it should be measured moving West to East: Southern Cal, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma/Texas/Arkansas (Western South or South Central), and Louisiana and the rest of the Deep South states. Tennessee and North Carolina would be marginal. Kentucky and Virginia would be too far North and would be too cold I would think.
Even then, I feel like North Carolina would fit in better as opposed to Tennessee. Cities like Nashville and Knoxville are kinda Appalachia which would set them apart in some respects. Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham would be more similar to Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, Columbia, etc.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Sunbelt......every state in the southern U.S. from CA to NC.

Not states like CO, MO, TN, KY, You get it.
You do realize that TN is a southern state, right? I would also definitely would call TN a sunbelt state. Maybe Memphis isn't. But Nashville certainly is.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:13 PM
 
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I also consider NoVA to be Sunbelt-ish although it may be north of the geographical Sunbelt boundary. That's not so far-fetched when you consider the fact that San Francisco is technically included in the northernmost fringes of the Sunbelt.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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I think it should be measured moving West to East: Southern Cal, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma/Texas/Arkansas (Western South or South Central), and Louisiana and the rest of the Deep South states. Tennessee and North Carolina would be marginal. Kentucky and Virginia would be too far North and would be too cold I would think.
Mostly agree but I would say NC is, categorically, a sun belt state.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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To me, sunbelt is a word that means "the literal south" of the US. Meaning, not just the Southeast, but also the southwestern states north of Mexico. San Diego down to Miami. Can also include parts of Kansas, Colorado, Utah, obviously southern Nevada as well.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:42 PM
 
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I think sunbelt and rust belt also are not always accurate like one part of the country is thriving and the other isnt. There are plenty of places in the sunbelt that are very poor and there are places in the rust belt ( south-central New York and Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, ending in northern Illinois and eastern Wisconsin) that are doing very weel. I believe the sunbelt was a political term created by philips, I am not so sure it truly exists though.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Places like Louisville and DC? Nah, I never thought of those places as Sun Belt. A line from Wilmington NC westward through Charlotte, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and over to Monterrey, CA is what I always thought of as the Sunbelt.

Is Denver considered Sunbelt? I know it is sunny out there but it is also very cold. Not upper midwest cold but definitely cold.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:38 AM
 
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Raleigh has to be Sun Belt, most definitely.
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