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View Poll Results: The average Midwesterner fits better in
The Northeast 56 40.58%
The South 82 59.42%
Voters: 138. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 05-19-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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This is as far as people are concerned. I don't want to go into topography or climate or anything physical about the regions. This is strictly about people.

Now would most people in the Midwest fit in better in the Northeast or the South? I want you to explain why.

I go with the Northeast. While the Midwest is slower paced than the NE I don't believe this is enough of a qualifier to make Midwestern people more at home in the South. I think that if we go by culture, your average Midwestern person would go unnoticed as a transplant more often in the Northeast than in the South. I think a Midwestern person would just culturally fit in better there.

While I agree some Midwesterners could pass as Southerners (many Southern Indiana people and many from Missouri), these are not average Midwestern people and have a unique culture that doesn't dominate the region. Essentially since Midwesterners started out as Northeastern, and in fact this includes Ohio that started as a Connecticut extension, I would say your average Midwestern person would go unnoticed in the Northeast whereas the South would probably be more of a culture shock to them.

What say you?

Edit: Also, if you say "lol I am from NYC and I know some country ass people from Chicago/St. Louis/ insert other city" this isn't answering the question as this thread is about AVERAGE Midwestern people and not subcultures that don't represent even their respective city sometimes.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:17 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Considering you can't even get people to agree what 'midwestern' means this ought ot be interesting, lol.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I hate to generalize. I've lived full-time in Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa and spent some time (less than 3 months) in Tampa, Raleigh, and Atlanta.

I made myself fit in to some extent because I was on my best behavior in terms of manners, patience, and not saying, "Back in ___, we did it that way." I took everything in stride, especially the S-L-O-W pace.

At the back of my mind, I knew that I was an outsider, so I tried my best to be a really good guest. In turn, people were nice to me, and I got a lot of dinner invitations.

On the other hand, they thought I was too slow and friendly in New York. I stuck out, country-bumpkin style: my dress-up clothes were their "at home" wear. I was "too nice" when I used normal manners.

All and all, I was glad to get home. I whine about the winters here, but each time I spend time out of the area, I'm always glad to get back.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:25 AM
 
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Considering you can't even get people to agree what 'midwestern' means this ought ot be interesting, lol.
For this thread, Midwest is everything in the Northwest territory and also every state East of the Rockies.

Not the Northeast and not the West.

States like KY and WV or their respective cities (looking at you Louisville) will not be considered. I think even if these "Midwestern" people are considered such the South is undoubtedly a good home for them and I doubt they would disagree.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:17 PM
 
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Chicago and Milwaukee and Metro Detroit aren't really different from Baltimore or Philadelphia.


Rural meth-farmer country in Indiana isn't really different from the same thing in Alabama.


It's not a regional thing, it's an urban/suburban vis-a-vis rural nowhere thing
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:51 PM
 
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I hate to generalize. I've lived full-time in Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa and spent some time (less than 3 months) in Tampa, Raleigh, and Atlanta.

I made myself fit in to some extent because I was on my best behavior in terms of manners, patience, and not saying, "Back in ___, we did it that way." I took everything in stride, especially the S-L-O-W pace.

At the back of my mind, I knew that I was an outsider, so I tried my best to be a really good guest. In turn, people were nice to me, and I got a lot of dinner invitations.

On the other hand, they thought I was too slow and friendly in New York. I stuck out, country-bumpkin style: my dress-up clothes were their "at home" wear. I was "too nice" when I used normal manners.

All and all, I was glad to get home. I whine about the winters here, but each time I spend time out of the area, I'm always glad to get back.
When you say NY, are you referring to the City or the State as a whole?
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:56 PM
 
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This may shock some people, but I have a couple friends who moved to the Midwest from NYC. They made the choice, based on where they thought they would rather live their lives. So far, both are happy. Imagine that.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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and in fact this includes Ohio that started as a Connecticut extension
Wait, what?

Ohio used to be part of Connecticut?
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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And I'm going with the South, because Red States.

I'm not considering people from Chicago to be the average Midwesterner.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I hate to generalize. I've lived full-time in Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa and spent some time (less than 3 months) in Tampa, Raleigh, and Atlanta.

I made myself fit in to some extent because I was on my best behavior in terms of manners, patience, and not saying, "Back in ___, we did it that way." I took everything in stride, especially the S-L-O-W pace.

At the back of my mind, I knew that I was an outsider, so I tried my best to be a really good guest. In turn, people were nice to me, and I got a lot of dinner invitations.

On the other hand, they thought I was too slow and friendly in New York. I stuck out, country-bumpkin style: my dress-up clothes were their "at home" wear. I was "too nice" when I used normal manners.

All and all, I was glad to get home. I whine about the winters here, but each time I spend time out of the area, I'm always glad to get back.
After living in most of the country Ohio residents have been the nicest I have met so far. I don't blame you for going back. If I lived in the midwest, I would never leave. Maybe move to another midwestern town but never leave the midwest.
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