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Old 10-26-2017, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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If you're from New England you can probably hear all the differences between Boston and Maine accents, but for someone from elsewhere they sound pretty similar. The same is true of the many varieties of Southern accents. I was trying to think which state has the biggest diversity in accents, so different from one part of the state to the next that even outsiders can tell the difference.

My guess would probably be Louisiana, where the Cajun, Southern, and New Orleans accents are all pretty distinct. I haven't lived that many places, though, so I'd be interested to hear if other places had similar or even greater accent diversity.
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:49 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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A place like Florida would have transplants who bring their accent with them...probably more so in winter months.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I was going to say Florida. You have people that sound like they’re from the Northeast, and people that sound like they’re from the Deep South. And then you have some people that sound “neutral”.

In NY State you have the NYC and Long Island accents on one end and then if you go far enough Upstate closer to the border people sound like Canadians.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I was going to say Florida. You have people that sound like they’re from the Northeast, and people that sound like they’re from the Deep South. And then you have some people that sound “neutral”.

In NY State you have the NYC and Long Island accents on one end and then if you go far enough Upstate closer to the border people sound like Canadians.
I guess I was thinking just accents that are geographically specific to the state. If you include accents from other places then I'd guess NY would win going away based on all the different immigrants in NYC.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:55 PM
 
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New York or PA or Florida
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:58 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Maryland.

Baltimore area accents
DC area accents
Eastern shore accent
Tidewater accents in the Southeast part of the Eastern shore.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:44 PM
 
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Florida no question
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Old 10-27-2017, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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I was going to say Florida. You have people that sound like they’re from the Northeast, and people that sound like they’re from the Deep South. And then you have some people that sound “neutral”.

In NY State you have the NYC and Long Island accents on one end and then if you go far enough Upstate closer to the border people sound like Canadians.
Yeah, I'd go with NYS. Even in the middle of the state you got people with that nasal vowel shift which I've forgotten the name of. I don't think counting transplants should count.
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:38 AM
 
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I was going to say Florida. You have people that sound like they’re from the Northeast, and people that sound like they’re from the Deep South. And then you have some people that sound “neutral”.

In NY State you have the NYC and Long Island accents on one end and then if you go far enough Upstate closer to the border people sound like Canadians.
Appalachian upstate NY also has some people who sound a tad Southern! And much of upstate NY has people who sound Midwestern. The people I heard in Binghamton who weren't NYC transplants sounded to me like they had a Midwestern kind of accent.
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:48 AM
 
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Texas deserves a mention too
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