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Old 07-13-2019, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Texas, specifically DFW and Houston. Fairly diverse but still have issues with racism, purple-to-blue cities with purple-to-red suburbs, car-centric but are making modest attempts at real transit, growing in population but likely unsustainably, on paper "large cities" but don't feel the part, have a lot of immigrants from faraway countries as well as a lot of natives who never plan to leave.

(This is my impression of mainstream America in 2019, not the 1950s image I think a lot of people have in mind)
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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When I think of the state most represents "Mainstream America", Ohio always comes to mind. A mix of large cities, farms, rivers, parks, the lakefront, and a diverse population.
I agree with this. To me, Ohio is THE most quintessentially American state.

I also think that Virginia gives it a run for the money, mainly because it has all four seasons, and it has mountains, rivers, pastures, cities, small towns, and a coastline, a mix of demographics, and it has that hefty dose of American history.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Tucson AZ
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When I visited the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, I remember driving through town and thinking "this is it - the America of the 1950's that everyone aspired to..." white picket fences, manicured lawns, friendly people. It's as if time had stopped there.

The only other time that sort of vibe hit me was in Natchitoches, Louisiana - but that was I think more of a sleepy old South thing so may not qualify (that's where "Steel Magnolias" was filmed).
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Colorado or Minnesota I guess.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:42 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Which America? Plain "vanilla yogurt flavored" America with a little bit of old and new makes me think of Ohio or Indiana. I think it would be a midwestern state. Some parts of the US are too much this or that or are changing so fast you can't categorize it. Some Midwest states are contenders but have one overpowering factor...
Illinois? Chicago too big (but the Griswalds lived in the suburbs)
Iowa? Corn to the horizon.
Missouri? Ozarks and Bizarro conservatism
Pennsylvania? Pretty close but no cigar - too eastern, anyway
Minnesota? which season - frozen or Black Fly season
Michigan? Lower maybe - Upper no.
Wisconsin? Cheesy.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Ohio or Missouri.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Texas, specifically DFW and Houston. Fairly diverse but still have issues with racism, purple-to-blue cities with purple-to-red suburbs, car-centric but are making modest attempts at real transit, growing in population but likely unsustainably, on paper "large cities" but don't feel the part, have a lot of immigrants from faraway countries as well as a lot of natives who never plan to leave.

(This is my impression of mainstream America in 2019, not the 1950s image I think a lot of people have in mind)
Way too diverse, way too sprawling, way too modern, way too hot. Economy way too strong.

Texas isnít representative of America at all.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Colorado or Minnesota I guess.
Too liberal and healthy. Probably not denseley populated enough to represent the average state. Maybe not diverse enough.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Another town that makes me think "Americana" is Springfield, Missouri.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Way too diverse, way too sprawling, way too modern, way too hot. Economy way too strong.

Texas isnít representative of America at all.
It is to most people who live in Texas! Just wanted to point that out.

And a whole lotta people live in Texas.
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