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Old 02-25-2008, 06:45 PM
 
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how about kansas city, missouri? it kind of seems SMACK DOWN in the middle of the country and pretty much AVERAGE in every other way.

there's middle america, KANSAS CITY, MO.
I've read that Kansas City is the most popular place in America for testing new products because it really is Middle America. (On a side note, I have always enjoyed my visits to Kansas City, even if they do have the strange notion that their BBQ is better than Memphis's BBQ. )

A professor of marketing once told me that Salt Lake City and Nashville are also very popular places for testing new products. I know that many fast food joints test new products in Nashville that never made it to the national scene (pizza and fried chicken at McDonald's, for example).
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:02 PM
 
Location: ITP
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I've heard Tulsa labeled as the most ordinary city in America.
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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Omaha is pretty darn average. We've been used as a test base along with Tucson, AZ for a Wal-Mart (shudder) ad campaign, just to name an example.

(btw: Average doesn't mean boring!)
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:44 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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hmmm, my town of san diego was a test market for mcdonald's angus burger... hmmm
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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One's I've visited would be Dallas and its suburbs. For a big city like that its pretty boring. Al least Forth Worth has a well known and well flaunted western history but Dallas is just bland
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Western87--you keep reviving all these old threads, lol. It's no big deal, just something I noticed.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Jacksonville, Florida is median in size according to Wikipedia. Akron, Ohio or Springfield, Massachusetts have populations that seem to be near the average for the 363 metropolitan areas.

In ethnic demographics Oklahoma City looks fairly similar to the US as a whole except more American Indian and less Asian. In political terms Ames, Iowa is in a district with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of 0 and state that's a bit of a swing-state. I'm not sure if Ames is big enough to count as a city though.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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Western87--you keep reviving all these old threads, lol. It's no big deal, just something I noticed.
I know, just surf the site looking for interesting threads, no matter how old they are
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:23 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Wichita,kansas
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:24 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I've read that Kansas City is the most popular place in America for testing new products because it really is Middle America. (On a side note, I have always enjoyed my visits to Kansas City, even if they do have the strange notion that their BBQ is better than Memphis's BBQ. )

A professor of marketing once told me that Salt Lake City and Nashville are also very popular places for testing new products. I know that many fast food joints test new products in Nashville that never made it to the national scene (pizza and fried chicken at McDonald's, for example).

The new Angus burgers at McDonalds were tested here in ABQ first, now they will spread across the country, I heard it on the radio a couple weeks back
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