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Old 03-30-2018, 03:50 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I don't think any of the larger states qualify, by definition, since they constitute a large proportion of the country's population.. so that disqualifies:

California
Texas
Florida
New York

These *are* the states that define American culture by their sheer population and influence.

Now, the states that deviate the most from the mainstream:

Alaska
Hawaii
Utah
Nevada
Oregon
Seriously (re: the bold)? I've been to all three; people there all live pretty normal lifestyles. 50 years ago, Utah was more of a theocracy than other states, but its biggest city has become much more diverse since then. Nevada has the gambling culture, but basically most people eat, work, sleep like everywhere else, and Oregon is quite conventional.

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New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana, and Texas are all contenders. New Mexico or Louisiana probably take the cake.
Again, seriously? Especially Texas. Most people live in Dallas, Houston, Austin and/or their suburbs, living pretty conventional lives.

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California isn’t the only State with Spanish as a commonly spoken language. Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, and maybe a few others too.
Colorado, too.

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Vermont

Hawaii and Alaska are too obvious
Vermont? What's non-mainstream about it? It's more rural than many states, but has more people on far less land than Wyoming.

My vote, after Alaska and Hawaii would be New Mexico. Majority minority with a very Mexican/Spanish subculture.
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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Hawaii by far. Of the lower 48 I would pick Louisiana.
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Old 03-30-2018, 09:01 PM
 
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Hawaii by far. Of the lower 48 I would pick Louisiana.
While southern Louisiana is somewhat culturally different from the rest of the country, northern Louisiana is like the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.
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Old 03-31-2018, 01:54 PM
 
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Hard to say, honestly. No state in the midwest seems that different from the rest. Northern WI (and MI's UP) seems similar to MN, especially northern MN, which also resembles parts of nearby Canada, too. Northwestern MN seems similar to ND (eastern) and southern MN is like IA.
Minnesotans have quirks about them that make them a little different from other Midwestern states imo. The surrounding states have areas that are MN-like though usually the parts close to the MN border.
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:16 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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My vote goes to Hawaii. Florida is unique but it's uniqueness comes from its status as a melting pot which is true of quite a few other states. Hawaii really feels like a different country.
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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This seems right. Midwest kinda blurs from one area to another gradually, but no area is THAT different from any other in the Midwest, except maybe Chicago and a few other large cities (even to me, being from eastern ND, there are some similarities despite the large difference in size).

Western Dakotas are a different animal and have a substantially different feel (both ND and SD). Much less Midwestern.

Yeah, I've always considered western Dakotas (especially SD) and western NE and KS to be West and their eastern parts to be Midwest. Even though KS has something Southern about it... maybe I'm wrong.

Back on topic...for those saying Alaska and Hawaii, as I've said, totally forgot to say Lower 48.
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:49 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 21 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yeah, I've always considered western Dakotas (especially SD) and western NE and KS to be West and their eastern parts to be Midwest. Even though KS has something Southern about it... maybe I'm wrong.

Back on topic...for those saying Alaska and Hawaii, as I've said, totally forgot to say Lower 48.
In that case, New Mexico.
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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First, we would have to define what unites the "rest of the country."
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:35 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Florida, to me, is not culturally different from the rest of the country. Hawaii easily wins this.
South Florida feels like you're in a foreign country, more so than anywhere else in America except possibly South Texas, but most of Florida is quite mainstream American especially places like the Panhandle or Tampa or Orlando.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:36 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Hawaii
California
Nevada (something about all the gambling and brothels seriously)
Utah (widespread Mormon culture)
Washington state (especially Seattle)
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