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Old 11-21-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
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Maine, north of the Volvo line.
Agree. Though I would apply it to everywhere in Maine except maybe Portland (though Portland is not NEARLY as superficial as Boston, which to me seems to be the most superficial major city north of the Mason-Dixon line.)

TO ME, the largest cities proper in the Sun Belt are the most superficial, with Los Angeles and Miami being the most superficial. Even a smaller city like Jackson can be extremely superficial. That being said, the South (especially the rural South) is a very real region.

In my mind, either Maine or Vermont would be the least superficial. They just feel Rugged, real-deal, no big money, and have huge swaths of woods for plenty of real-deal types to settle out to get away from the superficiality of the large city.
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Old 11-23-2017, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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What part of the US is least prone to the mentality of keeping up with the Jones and are least likely to judge others based on the clothes they wear, the cars they drive, the phones rhey own, etc. I think all 50 states are at least somewhat prone to this but not all equally. I personally think this is less prevalent in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. What do you think?
The mid west. They don't seem to want to keep up with the times, and probably couldn't if they wanted to.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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Agree. Though I would apply it to everywhere in Maine except maybe Portland (though Portland is not NEARLY as superficial as Boston, which to me seems to be the most superficial major city north of the Mason-Dixon line.)

TO ME, the largest cities proper in the Sun Belt are the most superficial, with Los Angeles and Miami being the most superficial. Even a smaller city like Jackson can be extremely superficial. That being said, the South (especially the rural South) is a very real region.

In my mind, either Maine or Vermont would be the least superficial. They just feel Rugged, real-deal, no big money, and have huge swaths of woods for plenty of real-deal types to settle out to get away from the superficiality of the large city.
Boston is he most superfical? I've heard people complain that they get shamed for indulging in expensive things in Boston. People tend to be very modest in Boston.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:23 AM
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The mid west. They don't seem to want to keep up with the times, and probably couldn't if they wanted to.
Many of them do, but thankfully, many do not.
The Jonses and the times aren't always the same thing.
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
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Boston is he most superfical? I've heard people complain that they get shamed for indulging in expensive things in Boston. People tend to be very modest in Boston.
I stand corrected. However, in general, I feel that the most superficial places are still in the sunbelt.

From my experience, in the South, the smaller and less complex a city is, the more superficial it is. California, Arizona and New Mexico and are way more border states than anything else, and since they are considered "West" by the census bureau, I would not consider them Southern.

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Old 11-25-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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The mid west. They don't seem to want to keep up with the times, and probably couldn't if they wanted to.
What an ignorant statement.
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Old 11-26-2017, 12:49 PM
 
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I thought LA and Dallas had the most cosmetic surgery.
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Old 11-26-2017, 02:45 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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From my experience, in the South, the smaller and less complex a city is, the more superficial it is.
As I said in an earlier post, I've only really noticed this in the lowland/deep south. The upland/upper south seems to value function over form when it comes to clothes, houses & vehicles.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
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As I said in an earlier post, I've only really noticed this in the lowland/deep south. The upland/upper south seems to value function over form when it comes to clothes, houses & vehicles.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.
Your definitely right on that it applies to the Deep South. I concede that you may know better having lived in the Upper South and that I do not certainly know, given I have not lived in the Upper South. Much of what I have said here could easily be said about just the city where I live, which is where I have lived my whole life.

I sense that Maine or Vermont may be the least vain areas of America, probably along with rural areas (not cities) of the Upland South (Middle TN, North and Northeast Alabama, basically all of Kentucky East of the TN River, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley, Appalachia.) I wouldn't include necessarily TN Delta or Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky or the Piedmont region because of the overlap with many Lowland Southern cultures.

You definitely have a valid arguement, GunnerTHB on the upland South being more about function over form in outward appearances.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:40 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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Your definitely right on that it applies to the Deep South. I concede that you may know better having lived in the Upper South and that I do not certainly know, given I have not lived in the Upper South. Much of what I have said here could easily be said about just the city where I live, which is where I have lived my whole life.

I sense that Maine or Vermont may be the least vain areas of America, probably along with rural areas (not cities) of the Upland South (Middle TN, North and Northeast Alabama, basically all of Kentucky East of the TN River, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley, Appalachia.) I wouldn't include necessarily TN Delta or Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky or the Piedmont region because of the overlap with many Lowland Southern cultures.

You definitely have a valid arguement, GunnerTHB on the upland South being more about function over form in outward appearances.
Driving through Williamson County, TN a few weeks ago surprised me because of this. I read somewhere that it is the wealthiest county in the nation after adjusting for the cost of living. Despite this, there were many older & modest vehicles on the road.

I grew up where the hills start in Southeast Missouri, and I see more older vehicles on the road there than where I live now in West TN, despite the fact that the area in Missouri is more prosperous & experiences more snow (and more salt as a consequence). As you said, West TN is more lowland than upland.
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