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Old 08-22-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: The South
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Louisiana, just because.
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Naples Island
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Remember, the archetypal American is an old-stock WASP. Perhaps it's the native New Englander in me, but at any mention of old-stock WASP's, I think of Vermont.

Given current demographic trends in America, it is likely that the population of Vermont -- not that of Louisiana nor New Mexico -- will become the most unique, despite the fact that, for centuries, Vermonters were, by and large, the default American.
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Good points here. I have family that spent time in Louisiana; The culture that rubbed off onto them was certainly...unique. I'd have to echo what everyone else is saying: Louisiana and New Mexico.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:34 AM
 
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Remember, the archetypal American is an old-stock WASP. Perhaps it's the native New Englander in me, but at any mention of old-stock WASP's, I think of Vermont.

Given current demographic trends in America, it is likely that the population of Vermont -- not that of Louisiana nor New Mexico -- will become the most unique, despite the fact that, for centuries, Vermonters were, by and large, the default American.
to be fair I think Vermont is 25% French Canadian. And since its New England I assume there is a large Irish/Italaian population.
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Old 08-23-2017, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Laissez les bon temps rouler!
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:45 AM
 
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to be fair I think Vermont is 25% French Canadian. And since its New England I assume there is a large Irish/Italaian population.
Other than the marble and granite quarries, Vermont largely missed out on first-wave industrialization.

I'd be surprised if there weren't more French-Canadian ancestry folks there from late 20th/early 21st century vacationland relocation from other parts of New England, than from 19th/early 20th century industrial migration.
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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To a certain extent, all three of these states have attributes that make them unique among the 50. But Vermont has enough similarities to New Hampshire, and even to the eastern part of upstate New York, that I wouldn't pick that one. New Mexico bears some similarity to Arizona, in terms of topography and climate and even culture, to an extent. So I suppose I'd have to say Louisiana.
I was thinking the same. LA for me!
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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The choice mostly depends on where one is from. If someone is from the northeast for example, they probably will pick Louisiana or NM. If someone's from Arizona, they'll probably pick Vermont or Louisiana. If someone's from Mississippi, they'll pick New Mexico or AZ. Without more specific criteria, we're trying to hit a moving target
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:35 AM
 
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Vermont and West Virginia are sort of rural distillates of portions of neighboring states.

Louisiana is certainly unique legally, without a state common law.

New Mexico's and Hawai'i's uniqueness in USA comes from being continuous recognized isolated polities for centuries before USA was created.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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To a certain extent, all three of these states have attributes that make them unique among the 50. But Vermont has enough similarities to New Hampshire, and even to the eastern part of upstate New York, that I wouldn't pick that one. New Mexico bears some similarity to Arizona, in terms of topography and climate and even culture, to an extent. So I suppose I'd have to say Louisiana.
As if Louisiana doesn't share a climate and topography of majority of the Southeast?
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