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Old 12-06-2016, 05:37 PM
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Originally Posted by C24L View Post
I think Midland,Odessa,Abilene,San Angelo are very stereotypical Texan due to high school football,oil/gas,Christianity, and red politics..People like to shoot guns,hunt,fish,camp and do outdoors things there.
I dont know what the least stereotypical would be....maybe El Paso.El Paso meets the stereotype of being desert but the culture there does not seem very Texan.I think San Antonio is very Texan.I think Austin has become less Texan and more Californian.I think Fort Worth is more stereotypically Texan than the Big D.I dont think Houston is very Texan at all anymore other than being the center of the state's most important industry.I think the Valley has less Texas culture.I dont know how stereotypical Corpus is.I think the Hill Country is very Texan.
Yeah El Paso seems to be more culturally tied with New Mexico and Arizona than it is the rest of Texas. It's actually geographically closer to San Diego than it is Houston. It is pretty semi-arid around Odessa so you have the terrain and culture that is most commonly associated with Texas. Fort Worth is probably the closest large city to the Texas stereotype and it really is what a lot of people envision Dallas to be. Dallas to me has more of a New South feel, much like Atlanta or Charlotte and is not what comes to mind when you think "Texas".

I'm torn on Houston because you have the "everything is bigger" mentality there, the prominence of the oil & gas industry (something Texas is known for), it's very slightly more "country" than Dallas, but on the other hand it's such a diverse, cosmopolitan city and the terrain and landscape is more "Deep South" than it is "Texas."

I think Austin has changed so much over the past 20 years, being a boomtown and liberal Millennial hotspot, that it's hard to really consider it "the real Texas" these days.
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:03 AM
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Arizona: Phoenix is the most like a state stereotype, since Arizona stereotypes are actually based off Phoenix rather than the other way around.
Arizona: Flagstaff is the least like a state stereotype, 80+ inches of snowfall a year, 7k elevation, small liberal college town with awesome ski resort, that ain't no hot conservative desert lol.... Flagstaff might as well be annexed into Colorado. I love Flagstaff though.
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:20 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Most like - any ski town in the mountains.

Least like - Denver and all points east. Denver isn't in the mountains and everything east of there is more like Kansas.
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:35 AM
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Originally Posted by Jowel View Post
West Virginia

Upstate South Carolina in the mountains north of Greenville (people typically don't associate South Carolina with mountain scenery or culture)
i would also say Greenville and western SC (the Upstate) because of hilly topograhy, blue Ridge mountains in distance, and don't hear much about civil war / slavery history like you do in Charleston. less pine trees and no palm trees. i think Mryble Beach, Charleston and less extent Hilton Head kind of the basis for most non-SC residents when they think of the state.
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Old 12-07-2016, 11:18 AM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Originally Posted by bawac34618 View Post
Most: Sedona
Least: Lake Havasu City
My vote would be

Most: Phoenix
Least: Flagstaff
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Old 12-07-2016, 11:53 AM
Location: Baltimore MD/Durham NC
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North Carolina:

Most: I lean towards Greensboro. I feel like the triad region probably represents what North Carolina is as a state.

Least: Asheville I'd say. A great hippie mountain town, but not really representative of North Carolina as a whole.
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Old 12-07-2016, 08:13 PM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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New Mexico

Most: Santa Fe - Outside of the state in many people's minds they visualize the adobe architecture around Santa Fe Plaza. It's a city that could only exist in New Mexico. Santa Fe is also populated by wealthy transplants and it's an eclectic, artistic, weird'sh, liberal bubble that has little in common with the rest of the states population. So Santa Fe is a dichotomy in that sense.

Least: Roswell, it's a conservative rancher's city that wouldn't be out of place in West Texas.

New Mexico True, I'd say Las Cruces and Old Mesilla

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Old 12-07-2016, 08:17 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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Originally Posted by bawac34618 View Post
Every state has a nationwide stereotype. Many times these stereotypes have an element of truth but are exaggerated and/or do not apply to the entire state. What are places in states that you can think of that most closely match the image most people associate with that state? Also, what places within that same state is least like the stereotype? Here are some I can think of.

Most: The corridor from Amarillo down to Midland-Odessa
Least: Austin

Most: Central Oklahoma south and west of Oklahoma City
Least: Southeast Oklahoma

Most: The area in northern Arkansas running from Harrison through about Mountain Home
Least: Little Rock

Most: Sedona
Least: Lake Havasu City

New Mexico
Most: Santa Fe
Least: Far northeastern New Mexico

Most: Dodge City
Least: Lawrence

Most: The Bay Area
Least: Bakersfield

Most: The Jackson metropolitan area
Least: Biloxi/Gulfport

Most: Tuscaloosa
Least: Gulf Shores/Mobile
Least likely in CA would really be where I live now, at the far north end of CA near the OR border. We're so different from anywhere else in the state.
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Old 12-07-2016, 08:48 PM
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Most: Abilene, Weatherford, Amarillo

Least: Either the Beaumont area, as its very tied with Louisiana or far far South Texas which is practically Mexico.


Most: Tampa, Orlando, the Miami metro region, Naples. (Miami is unique in that its so different from mainstream Florida yet such an integral part of Florida's identity)

Least: inland north Florida. Not on the coast and not by the theme parks.
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Old 12-07-2016, 09:58 PM
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Bloomington is the most un-Indiana city in Indiana.
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