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Old 12-15-2016, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Point Loma, San Diego, CA
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Wow, this is a really hard one.


Oh wait, it's not. California.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:08 PM
 
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Wow, this is a really hard one.


Oh wait, it's not. California.
How is California representative of the US? It's demographics are out of line with that of the US as a whole and its politics are notably to the left.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:55 PM
 
Location: 352
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Texas.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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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.
Well, it is.

Going around California it's really amazing how quickly it changes. I was born in the San Joaquin Valley which has about the same obesity rates the South does. In contrast, San Francisco's obesity rate is literally a third of what it is in most of the Central Valley or the South. In other words, I can go less than 100 miles and go from being one of the fatter people in the area to one of the skinnier people. The contrast between moving between areas such as San Francisco where most people are a healthy weight to the Central Valley or the South where being healthy weight is less common than being obese is quite extreme. The trimmer third of the Central Valley (Sacramento Valley) is about half way in between, excluding Sacramento County itself which because it's gotten significantly poorer as the middle class has fled to Placer and El Dorado is nearly as fat as the San Joaquin Valley is.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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How is California representative of the US? It's demographics are out of line with that of the US as a whole and its politics are notably to the left.
California globally has a much stronger cultural presence globally than anything except perhaps New York. So, depends what you mean. If you mean what does the world think America is like, it's some combination of California Hollywood and the Deep South Appalachian hill billies. They're both stereotypes that don't even really represent what it's like in the Deep South or in California. As far as accurately representing it, probably more someplace like Ohio or Missoura.
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I know California is by far the most populous, but I don't think it represents the country the best. California has way more Asians and Hispanics, far fewer African Americans and non-Hispanic white people than the country as a whole. It's also way more left leaning.
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Old 12-19-2016, 01:07 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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You could go various different directions, because no single state is really reflective of the country as a whole. 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.

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It amazes me anyone's saying Florida or California.
Yes they're known globally, but they're both full of nut jobs and don't represent the country has a whole whatsoever.
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Old 12-19-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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how do you know how Europeans view Americans? because i don't think intelligent Europeans have this view of America as you described: "but the rest of America is just one big hoe down with bullets flying and fat people with untreated diabetes shooting each other in line at WalMart while race riots between the KKK and BLM are going on in the background".
The Europeans that I've met (which, admittedly, is a small sample) do have a perception of America as being populated by gun-totin' cowboys. And yes, they picture the country as being very car-centric and filled with big-box stores. They tend to think that they are a bit smarter and more cultured than we are, but they are uniformly impressed with our friendliness and hospitality.

But hey, stereotypes work in both directions. As my German friend told me, after she had gotten to know this country better, "I won't think that all Americans are cowboys if you won't think that all Germans are Nazis." (For the record, she doesn't think that way, and neither do I.)

I've known quite a few Asians, including many who are newcomers to the U.S., and it's kind of fun watching them come to terms with America. Everything here is bigger than what they're used to: the people, the houses, the cars, the highways, the stores, the distances between cities, the landscape, the portion sizes in restaurants . . . everything. The ones I've known have also been impressed with Americans' hospitality, and with our propensity to engage in volunteerism.

Now, to the OP's question. To me, the state that is most representative of how the country really is, is Ohio. But the state that is most representative of how foreigners perceive the country to be is California. And the state whose residents most closely match the stereotype of what Americans as a whole are like, is surely Texas.
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Old 12-19-2016, 01:40 PM
 
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I'll nominate Virginia.
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Old 12-19-2016, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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This looks good.


It amazes me anyone's saying Florida or California.
Yes they're known globally, but they're both full of nut jobs and don't represent the country has a whole whatsoever.
Every state has nutjobs and every state has mostly sane people who work and do normal things. What an ignorant comment.
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