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Old 04-26-2016, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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I also live in TN, this post is correct. We consider Tennessee to be part of the upper south, just like North Carolina and Arkansas. Deep south states touch the ocean.
FYI....North Carolina definitely touches the ocean.

There are parts of NC; especially Eastern NC, that could easily be mistaken for being in Alabama or Mississippi.

I think the real cultural distinction in the south (and I know it's by far the strongest distinction in the state of NC) is "Appalachia" vs "Piedmont" vs "Coastal Plain". Some southern states have all three represented pretty well (VA, NC, SC, GA), some are dominated by Appalachia/Piedmont (WV, KY, TN, AK), some are dominated by Coastal Plain ( MS, AL, FL, LA, East TX). Culturally the distinctions lie more with those geographic distinctions more-so than state boundaries.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:30 AM
 
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FYI....North Carolina definitely touches the ocean.

There are parts of NC; especially Eastern NC, that could easily be mistaken for being in Alabama or Mississippi.

I think the real cultural distinction in the south (and I know it's by far the strongest distinction in the state of NC) is "Appalachia" vs "Piedmont" vs "Coastal Plain". Some southern states have all three represented pretty well (VA, NC, SC, GA), some are dominated by Appalachia/Piedmont (WV, KY, TN, AK), some are dominated by Coastal Plain ( MS, AL, FL, LA, East TX). Culturally the distinctions lie more with those geographic distinctions more-so than state boundaries.
I agree with this, but AL isn't dominated by coastal plain; it's almost the mirror image of Georgia topographically. Birmingham on up is quite hilly.

Using this map as a guide, I'd consider the Deep South to be the dark green portion of the South from the lower half of NC or so all the way to east Texas, excluding peninsular Florida.

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Old 04-27-2016, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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Birmingham or NOLA if we are talking about the core deep south (AL, LA, MS, GA).
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:04 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Charlotte nc is bigger than atlanta within its city limits already

Memphis and (Nashville-Consolidated) are bigger than Atlanta within their City limits as well, Atlanta metro is just larger. If I had to go with Core deep south out side Atlanta, New Orleans all the way. Out side of that Nashville, Charlotte, Memphis and Jacksonville. In the Entire South out side of ATL, Nashville would be my winner Mid South/Deep South.
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Old 04-27-2016, 01:55 PM
 
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Charlotte nc is bigger than atlanta within its city limits already
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Huntsville, AL has been shining bright for a while. good economy and pleasant COL
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I also live in TN, this post is correct. We consider Tennessee to be part of the upper south, just like North Carolina and Arkansas. Deep south states touch the ocean.
I am pretty much in agreement here. In the same way West TN is culturally the deep south, so is all of Eastern Arkansas. Little Rock has much in common with other deep southern cities although it seems to be a cross between deep south and upper south. Here is a good barometer to determine deep southern states, Any state that voted for George Wallace in the 1968 presidential election is the deep south, those include Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Huntsville, AL has been shining bright for a while. good economy and pleasant COL
Huntsville has a lot of promise. It's sort of like a small version of NC's Research Triangle area. I don't know that it would ever grow to the size of the Triangle though because it lacks the state's educational center and it's also not the seat of government.
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Here is map of the 1968 election by county. Anything in deep red is the deep south. Granted the south has come a long way since those days but this is really good data for this discussion.

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Old 04-30-2016, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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looks like NC and VA were more deep south than SC
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