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Old 06-26-2015, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Americans always use "back east." Country was settled from east to west. As a native third-generation Californian, I understood it to also mean, or imply, the past.
this country was settled Northwest to Southeast, it was in all the papers
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:21 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I noticed that many people who migrated from the east coast, particularly the Northeast, to the southwest often use the phrase "back east" to refer to their previous home region.
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Since I am moving to Ohio next week, do you think it would be appropriate if I use the term "back east" to refer to New England? Or is that pushing it?
No, Ohio is back east.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:54 PM
 
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No, Ohio is back east.
No, Ohio is out west
Oh wait, Actually it's all relative
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Old 06-26-2015, 03:52 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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No, Ohio is out west
Oh wait, Actually it's all relative
ehhh... even relative to Boston, Ohio isn't really "Out west" per se. Directionally it's west, but you really got to at least get beyond the Mississippi River to use the terminology of "Out West".
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:00 PM
 
Location: IN
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I always say "out West" and "out East."
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Denver
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ehhh... even relative to Boston, Ohio isn't really "Out west" per se. Directionally it's west, but you really got to at least get beyond the Mississippi River to use the terminology of "Out West".
Personally, I'd refer to anywhere Mountain Standard Time or further as "Out West". I've got some connections in Denver, and I use "Out West" when referring to the area, but I'm not sure I'd include places like Omaha or Kansas City in that category.

However, I think I'd definitely use "back East" if I were in Ohio or points further.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:09 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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ehhh... even relative to Boston, Ohio isn't really "Out west" per se. Directionally it's west, but you really got to at least get beyond the Mississippi River to use the terminology of "Out West".
It was in 1790 (Northwest Territory).
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Maybe it's because of our geographical location, but I've always heard:

Back East: Northeast/Mid Atlantic So, Maine, NH, Vermont, MA, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, PA, NJ.

Down South: The traditional Southern states Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas

Up North: Upper Midwest Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, N. Dakota?, S. Dakota?, Iowa?

Out West: California/West Coast Washington, Oregon, California

If you're referring to a state within a 500 mile radius, it becomes "Going down to New Mexico for the weekend" or "Going back to Missouri for Fourth of July".
Seems to leave out a few states, e.g. Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, maybe Iowa (upper midwest?), Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma. Did I miss any?
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:11 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Seems to leave out a few states, e.g. Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, maybe Iowa (upper midwest?), Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma. Did I miss any?

Maryland and West Virginia.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Maryland and West Virginia.
Thanks. Also Delaware and Kentucky.
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