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Old 12-12-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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Illinois is a microcosm of the U.S. I believe the demographics of IL are most similar to the demographics of the U.S. as a whole. If we're talking from a demographic perspective, I'd say Illinois. Otherwise you could make cases for California and NYS. I think Texas is too polarizing and caught up in being Texas to represent the U.S. as a whole.
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:35 PM
 
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Illinois, Ohio, Virginia.
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Old 12-13-2016, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Climate aside, I think that Ohio represents the BEST of the U.S and California represents the WORST. I have lived in both.
I'm not a fan of the California mentality myself (by that I mean, pretentious stuck up liberals, which aren't unique to California but grow like weeds there) but really... have you been to Mississippi?
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Old 12-13-2016, 02:02 PM
 
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I would say Missouri, Ohio is a good choice also.
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Old 12-13-2016, 02:12 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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You could go various different directions, because no single state is really reflective of the country as a whole. Certain states do exemplify various aspects though. California and Florida are probably the most known states as far as the outside world is concerned due to their theme parks, beaches, and cities like LA and Miami. New York is home to our best known city, and upstate NY's Rust Belt cities would be reflective of the issues plaguing many American cities today. Illinois, from a demographic standpoint, most matches the US' current demographics as a whole. The list goes on.
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Old 12-13-2016, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I think Florida and Texas might be best. All Americans are well represented in those states. Texas is considerably more religious than America as a whole though, so I'll nod to Florida.
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Ohio/North Carolina- Both seem to fit the mix of old and the new. Neither are too red or too blue. Growing Some old economies and new economies.

Pennslvania fit's here as well.
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:43 PM
 
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The incarceration capital of the World = U.S.
The incarceration capital of the U.S. = Louisiana

State that shouldn't represent the U.S. globally = Louisiana
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:58 PM
 
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gun rights and country music and sweet and fried foods are popular throughout the country. i'm not sure why you associate that with exclusvie to the south. i'm really getting tired of people trying to make out obesity out as something linked to being a southerner.
Those things aren't exclusive to the south but they are definitely more common inside of the south than outside of it, which is why they get associated with that region. It's like your post on page one. Hispanics, Asians and liberals are not exclusive to California, yet you attributed all of those things to that state. Why? Because you likely recognize them to be more prevalent there than maybe anywhere else. This is no different, stop being so sensitive
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Those things aren't exclusive to the south but they are definitely more common inside of the south than outside of it, which is why they get associated with that region. It's like your post on page one. Hispanics, Asians and liberals are not exclusive to California, yet you attributed all of those things to that state. Why? Because you likely recognize them to be more prevalent there than maybe anywhere else. This is no different, stop being so sensitive
you h aven't provided any evidence of your claim. For example, support for gun rights in Wyoming and other mountain west states is less than in the south? GIve me one source for that claim. You are speculating but then sneeering at me as being sensitive. Why do you have to be contentious about it?

the obesity stats are per capita stats, and they are based on limited telephone surveys, not medical records for every resident in the state. Huge populated states like NY and Cal have a higher number of obesity people because they have more people total. If a state has a larger number of obese people, it has a greater obesity problem.
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It is easy to factcheck my claim about California. So it is different.
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