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Old 07-13-2019, 03:09 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Any state that is too red or too blue does not represent "mainstream" to me. Of the purple states, Colorado lies physically a little closer to center on the USA map*, so I'll go with Colorado.

* we've got to include Alaska and Hawaii, and that means the center of the U.S. lies further west than some East Coasters might think
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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It is to most people who live in Texas! Just wanted to point that out.

And a whole lotta people live in Texas.
A lot of people live in California if that is the measure we use

Springfield and SW MO are the bible belt on steroids and not typical.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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A lot of people live in California if that is the measure we use

Springfield and SW MO are the bible belt on steroids and not typical.

This is CLEARLY an opinion issue, not scientific. In my opinion, when I think of mainstream America, I think of Ohio, Virginia, and Springfield Missouri. YMMV.

And I've lived in Texas for 25 years.

My point is that (of course - thought it would be obvious but my bad) peoples' ideas and opinions will differ. Texans may think that Texas represents the US best. Californians may think that California does. Bostonians may think that Boston does. And the thing is - none of them would be "wrong."
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:15 PM
 
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I'm from New York and I think Ohio and Pennsylvania are good choices.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:10 AM
 
Location: IN
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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).
Abilene, KS is frozen in time because it has been run into the ground by the old guard who want zero changes. That is one of the big reasons why it has declined in population by nearly 10% in less than 10 years.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:15 AM
 
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I picture Ohio representing real America best.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Tucson AZ
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Abilene, KS is frozen in time because it has been run into the ground by the old guard who want zero changes. That is one of the big reasons why it has declined in population by nearly 10% in less than 10 years.
Well, considering the decrease was fewer than 400 people (from 6,844 in 2010 to 6,469 in 2016), one might think a chunk of that is just simple attrition, but your point is taken. I think if I lived in a beautiful small town, I'd probably not want it to change either.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I picture Ohio representing real America best.
I just hate it when all that fake America is represented!
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:17 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I wish more people would respond with the reason they choose the state which they feel represents "Mainstream America."
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:52 PM
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Location: Chiraq, Crook County
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Way too diverse, way too sprawling, way too modern, way too hot. Economy way too strong.

Texas isn’t representative of America at all.
I would say TX is the best representation of conservative America; freedom loving, beer(Budweiser to be exact), George Bush, pick-up trucks, American/Texas/Confederate/Don't tread on me flags, agriculture, cowboys, largely rural and ginormous state with a few big cities, big on (hearty) food... but I would have to agree, I don't think it would represent the entire country.
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