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Old 06-14-2017, 06:15 PM
 
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Everyone knows that rural culture in the USA is closely associated with ( oftentimes cliche ) Southern and " redneck " things . Evangelical Christianity , NASCAR , country music, and all that . Yet it makes me wonder if that's true for the country as a whole .


So is there still a wide variety of rural cultures/cultural groups throughout the USA ? Or has rural culture become much the same all over ?
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:27 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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It is definitely different. While there may be some similarities, I don't believe all of rural America is the same as the "southern rural" a lot of us automatically think of.

Rural in the northeastern states (MA, CT, VT, NH, etc etc) in my experience is extremely different.

There are also differences throughout the rest of the country, but the NE would probably have the most obvious differences.
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:19 PM
 
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Rural areas are where regional differences are most pronounced. The Atlanta suburbs, Denver suburbs, and Minneapolis suburbs can feel very similar. But you take a small town in Georgia, a small town in Colorado vs a small town in Minnesota they will be culturally very different.

In Louisiana the most authentic Cajun culture is found in the very rural areas not in the larger cities of the region. The most authentic Appalachian culture is in southern West Virginia not in Morgantown. The Amish is also a unique rural culture not found in the cities.

The rural South feels very different than the rural plains states or the rural Northeast and is especially different than the rural West. Rural SOutherners are the most open and friendly and welcoming people while many people in the rural West have the "leave me alone" attitude especially in Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. In the West the cities and suburbs were actually friendlier than the rural areas. Major contrast with states like Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina where its the rural areas that still have Southern hospitality, which seems to be greatly diluted in the cities probably due both to transplants and to Hollyweird's influence on the younger generation.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Rural areas of the south have lots of African-Americans. You will not find that anywhere else in the country.

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Old 06-15-2017, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Northern Rockies
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Rural areas are where regional differences are most pronounced. The Atlanta suburbs, Denver suburbs, and Minneapolis suburbs can feel very similar. But you take a small town in Georgia, a small town in Colorado vs a small town in Minnesota they will be culturally very different.

In Louisiana the most authentic Cajun culture is found in the very rural areas not in the larger cities of the region. The most authentic Appalachian culture is in southern West Virginia not in Morgantown. The Amish is also a unique rural culture not found in the cities.

The rural South feels very different than the rural plains states or the rural Northeast and is especially different than the rural West. Rural SOutherners are the most open and friendly and welcoming people while many people in the rural West have the "leave me alone" attitude especially in Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. In the West the cities and suburbs were actually friendlier than the rural areas. Major contrast with states like Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina where its the rural areas that still have Southern hospitality, which seems to be greatly diluted in the cities probably due both to transplants and to Hollyweird's influence on the younger generation.
Great post, especially with respect to the rural west. I think Montanans tend to be more reserved than most other westerners, as well. We've had some Southern transplants in the MT city-data forum mention this, and I've reluctantly come to the conclusion that they're probably correct, to some extent at least. Montanans are relatively friendly to strangers in the larger towns (Billings, Helena, etc) and in the resort towns (Whitefish, Red Lodge, etc). The small towns that dot the state can be icy however, and not just in a meteorological sense...

Rural Southerners tend to live in small towns among neighbors and are more community oriented, especially as far as churches are concerned. Rural Montanans by comparison tend to live outside of town and on larger plots of land, often without neighbors or as much community interaction. Additionally, many of us feel that our state and our way of life are extremely vulnerable to even a small increase in population, and because of this, some newcomers may find it hard to fit in and make friends upon arrival. We have world class fishing and hunting, and a lot of that is because our public lands receive so little fishing/hunting pressure compared to other states due to our super low population density. Mississippi is ten times as heavily populated, by comparison.

Southerners will even call strangers words like 'hun', 'sugar', 'darlin' etc. You have to be extremely careful in a place like Montana with those types of words because they carry much stronger connotations up here and in a lot of situations it's just not appropriate to call a stranger 'hun' here. We have an extremely generous sense of personal space here.

Granted, all of these are very broad brush stereotypes, but I think there is some grain of truth to them and the stereotypes about Montanans can probably be extrapolated to other rural westerners as well.
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:57 AM
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Everyone knows that rural culture in the USA is closely associated with ( oftentimes cliche ) Southern and " redneck " things . Evangelical Christianity , NASCAR , country music, and all that . Yet it makes me wonder if that's true for the country as a whole .


So is there still a wide variety of rural cultures/cultural groups throughout the USA ? Or has rural culture become much the same all over ?
California has the most diverse rural culture.

Many rurual valley towns filled with asians, blacks, arabs, and latinos. Places like Tracy and Manteca.

Lots of granola hippy rural areas.

Lota of rural coastal areas filled with surfers, fishermen, redneckers, and latinos.

Foothill towns filled with hill folk.

California is just so much more amazing than where everywhere else is. No other state has the unique mix of people in rural areas.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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California has the most diverse rural culture.

Many rurual valley towns filled with asians, blacks, arabs, and latinos. Places like Tracy and Manteca.

Lots of granola hippy rural areas.

Lota of rural coastal areas filled with surfers, fishermen, redneckers, and latinos.

Foothill towns filled with hill folk.

California is just so much more amazing than where everywhere else is. No other state has the unique mix of people in rural areas.
Large swaths of the Midwest are the least racially diverse areas of the US. --That's a major difference between the different rural regions of the US.

In fact, when the last census came out the rural Missouri county where I live was listed as one of the whitest places in America. The county is 98.8% white. We're whiter than England.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Anyone who claims that the main cultural divide in the U.S. is between urban and rural is an idiot who hasn't traveled much.

Of course differences in rural areas fall on a spectrum, and there aren't clear divides. The rural South, for example, slowly fades into the Midwest. But to give two extremes on the scale, rural Vermont and rural Mississippi are about as far apart as two different parts of the country can be culturally speaking.

This is before even going into the different rural subcultures which aren't "generic American," like the black belt, native Americans, rural Latino areas, Amish, etc.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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Fun Fact: America as a whole became majority Urban in 1930. That's when the amount of residents living in urban metros (50,000+) exceeded those who live in small towns & rural areas. America have been an Urbanized populace for about 80+ years now.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:06 AM
 
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Rural areas of the south have lots of African-Americans. You will not find that anywhere else in the country.

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You can find it elsewhere, but not to the same degree in terms of percentages and geography.
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