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Old 02-08-2017, 08:29 AM
 
Location: New York
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It's funny that you picked New York-Maryland pair, because I never would have thought of that. I have only been to Maryland once, and live in New York, but I can kinda see some of the similarities. I'm curious, what were your reasons for choosing those two?
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Old 02-08-2017, 08:47 AM
 
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Maryland's is surely New Jersey. Two major cities, "Mid-Atlantic", geography influenced by the fall line, climate more similar. Why would someone choose Massachusetts?
Massachusetts was probably chosen because both are highly affluent, relatively small states. I think that's pretty much the only major point of comparison though.

I agree with MD/NJ. You have the affluent suburbs of a neighboring major city located in both, and Baltimore and Newark share obvious similarities as essentially East Coast Rust Belt cities. The eastern shore has similarities with south Jersey and both even have popular beach towns named Ocean City.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:00 AM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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MD = MA ??????? But then again I'm just a hick on the eastern shore so the only non neighboring state from my perspective that comes close is NC. Perhaps if I lived in the suburbs of DC i"d think NJ.... But Mass???
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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It's funny that you picked New York-Maryland pair, because I never would have thought of that. I have only been to Maryland once, and live in New York, but I can kinda see some of the similarities. I'm curious, what were your reasons for choosing those two?
I'd pair New York with Michigan. Both have its largest city by far in the southeastern portions of their states, both are clearly northern and border Ontario, are fairly similarly sized, have several mid-sized industrial cities, has a similar humid continental climate, have multiple Great Lakes, and Michigan was highly settled by New Yorkers. Of course, over the past few decades, their differences have grown, with New York having its coastal location as its main advantage, although Michigan is making some strides to improving its economy.

Despite a few similarities with Baltimore, Maryland is quite distinct from New York itself, and I'd even go as far saying that it has a much in common with North Carolina than with New York. Its predominant form of government is the county, has generally newer suburban development, is considerably smaller, is noticeably milder with only a few days in the winter with snow cover outside of the far western part of the state, and its Eastern Shore is nothing like Long Island, with lots of rural backwoods areas and just one beach resort that is more like Virginia Beach or even Myrtle Beach.

BTW, New Jersey's best companion is Connecticut, and that's easier to explain (both share portions with the NYC area, are among the densest populated, have a noticeable shoreline, contain some mountains in the northwestern portions, are very wealthy overall)
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Montana is like a bigger Colorado with fewer people.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:20 AM
 
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MD = MA ??????? But then again I'm just a hick on the eastern shore so the only non neighboring state from my perspective that comes close is NC. Perhaps if I lived in the suburbs of DC i"d think NJ.... But Mass???
If you were familiar with south Jersey, you could see the similarities.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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For NC I would pair it with PA instead of MD.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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MD = MA ??????? But then again I'm just a hick on the eastern shore so the only non neighboring state from my perspective that comes close is NC. Perhaps if I lived in the suburbs of DC i"d think NJ.... But Mass???
Why NC over New Jersey?
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Old 02-08-2017, 02:47 PM
 
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Maryland is not really similar to New Jersey. Maryland has many parallels with Missouri. Both are regional border states that share many similarities with two U.S regions, and their largest cities (Baltimore and St Louis) share a lot of similarities.
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Old 02-08-2017, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Comparing mountain states with flat ones is a stretch to me, specially mountain west to Northeast states
Washington and Maine both have rocky coastlines, and pine forests. Aren't both Montana and Utah mountain states?
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