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View Poll Results: Upstate NY: More like Pennsylvania or New England?
Pennsylvania 34 65.38%
New England 18 34.62%
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
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Recently drove through Upstate NY and couldn't decide for myself.

Which one is it most similar to and why?
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I'd say Upstate isn't a homogenous region. The Adirondacks/lake George area is very much like New England, particularly Vermont. Buffalo and Rochester are sort Midwestern in many ways. I'm not really sure about Syracuse or Albany.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:53 PM
 
Location: SE PA via North jerz
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Western NY is more like Pennsylvania. Especially Buffalo, Rochester, and Binghamton.
Buffalo/Rochester= Erie
Binghamton= Scranton
The southern portion of WNY is similar to north central PA .
WNY also kinda resembles northeast Ohio.

Northern NY is more like New England.
Albany= Springfield
The northernmost portion of NY resembles Vermont.

The southern Hudson valley, between the Bronx and Albany. Including Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess etc. This area resembles Connecticut, North Jersey , or even northeast Pennsylvania.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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Never been but I always heard it was more Midwestern but it is a big place so I imagine influenced differently depending where you are.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:59 AM
 
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A little bit of both, I guess. The Southern Tier is similar to PA and is the part of Upstate NY next to PA. You have quite a few small towns with that stereotypical New England look as well. It essentially depends on what part of Upstate NY you are in, as some may parts of it has a Canadian feel as well.
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:21 AM
 
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Just because the cities in western New York aren't like New York, Boston or Philly doesn't make the Midwestern. Buffalo and Rochester are a lot like Worcester, Springfield, Bridgeport and New Haven.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:24 AM
 
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Just because the cities in western New York aren't like New York, Boston or Philly doesn't make the Midwestern. Buffalo and Rochester are a lot like Worcester, Springfield, Bridgeport and New Haven.
Yeah, I never understood why people view them as "Midwestern" cities. They are still Northeastern cities, period.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:38 AM
 
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Western NY is more like Pennsylvania. Especially Buffalo, Rochester, and Binghamton.
Buffalo/Rochester= Erie
Binghamton= Scranton
The southern portion of WNY is similar to north central PA .
WNY also kinda resembles northeast Ohio.

Northern NY is more like New England.
Albany= Springfield
The northernmost portion of NY resembles Vermont.

The southern Hudson valley, between the Bronx and Albany. Including Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess etc. This area resembles Connecticut, North Jersey , or even northeast Pennsylvania.
I don't know about all of this.......Albany is one of the oldest cities in the US and has quite a few row house neighborhoods. Same with the other area cities. It is in the Capital Region/District.


Parts of the North Country has a Canadian feel to some people.


Buffalo and Rochester are and have always been much bigger than Erie.


Syracuse if you are in the southern portion of the city/area, may look similar to PA due to the hills and valleys. For instance, this is a neighborhood in a suburb just south of the city: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9823...8i6656!6m1!1e1
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Having lived both in New York State and New England, I would say definitely not New England. It's very noticeable that when you cross the state borders from the New England to New York you see a marked difference in the towns and countryside. Very generally speaking the towns in NY lack the tidiness of New England as well as a "commons". But if Nelson Rockefeller hadn't done such a demolition job of Albany's downtown more of it would look like Beacon Hill in Boston.

Probably they are closer to Pennsylvania but they have their own distinctiveness.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Definitely NOT New England. Overall, it's more like PA. Upstate NY is vastly rural, more conservative and has lots of farms, similar to PA. The structure and relationships of municipalities and their respective metro/micropolitan areas are more similar to PA also. In New England, the concept of a metro area is quite different. Things in New England are very compact and concentrated and traveling just 30 miles away from one point to another can make a huge difference in scenery and culture.
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