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Old 04-17-2018, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Northeast states
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Florida, California, Downstate New York, Colorado, Washington, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:11 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Here's how I'd rank the popularity of Southern states (including Oklahoma and Texas)...


Most popular: Florida, Georgia, Texas.

More popular: North Carolina, Virginia.

Average: Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Less popular: Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma.

Least popular: Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I have never been to Fort Collins, but it looks cool on Google maps streetview. Has kind of an Old West look to it.
It's kind of an acquired taste. I lived there in college. Would consider going back if the IT sector up there weren't so weak.

It's much slower paced, smaller, whiter, and more tight-knit than Denver. It feels like a larger version of the rural Western Slope town I grew up in honestly.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:16 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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I've heard people say Charleston is cool. I've never heard anyone say South Carolina is cool. In fact, when people talk about "cool," they're almost always talking about cities, not states.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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That was my point....many people outside of SC are only familiar with Charleston, Mrytle Beach and perhaps Hilton Head. So their perception of the state should be driven by those places. It is hard to believe a significant number of people wouldn't think living at the beach is cool. Beaches are the top vacation spots.

I think most people familiar with Greenville think it is cool. Not many cities have a waterfall downtown and it is the only city in the south that does.

Most people in SC live in the cities, as is the case in every state. My point isn't that every little town in SC has a cool reputation.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:14 PM
 
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Alaska is pretty cold. Minnesota might have the overall coolest reputation given the ice fishing culture.
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Oregon may have a reputation for being a "cool" state, but a lot of people in California and Washington seem to view us as boring or backwards, probably because we don't have as many urban centres.
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I included other southern states in my original comments, particularly ones with beaches. Much of what I said about SC can apply to other southern states that have seen a lot of growth and get a lot of tourism, and college students from other places. I believe Tenn is one of the top tourism states.

It isn't that you simply disagreed with me...you were hostile about it. You said something about 'delusional' southerners. I think if you are making negative generalizations about southerners, it probably has something to do with your politics.

I note again you still have not specified why you so vehemently disagreed with me that SC has a cool reputation. Your premise was it is obvious that SC is not considered cool. I figured you would have several specific reasons for that given your passionate assertion.

So you don't think Charleston even has a cool reputation? In my experience young people from other places love Charleston. I personally think it is overrated a little. I would think Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and perhaps Hilton Head to a lesser extent drives the perception of SC from outside of the state. When I worked up outside of Manhattan, these were the areas people up there were most familiar with in SC and they were so positive about these cities.
Never been to Charleston but Iíve heard it is special. But to say SC has the coolest rep, thatís a reach. Also donít be so sensitive and take things so personally on the inter webs
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Never been to Charleston but I’ve heard it is special. But to say SC has the coolest rep, that’s a reach. Also don’t be so sensitive and take things so personally on the inter webs
I don't think asking you why you felt the need to make hostile comments is being sensitive. You even said southerners are delusional. In my view, being cool involves being friendly.

It doesn't make any sense to me that you and other people were annoyed by my comment.

I note again that you have not given any specifics as to why SC doesn't have a cool rep.

I'm expressing my opinions on here, not your opinions. I never said SC has the 'coolest' rep. I said I think it has as cool rep and I gave some reasons for it.. I didn't rank SC.

Charleston is one of the largest 3 metros in the state. I also never said literally every little town in SC has a cool rep.

It is interesting that you have never even been to Charleston but you have such a strong opinion about SC. As I've pointed out, Charleston is a big part in what drives SC's reputation and you described it as special. You also said that Hilton Head sounds pretty cool. Do you think that most people are familiar with every city in SC to include the ones in the western part of the state not near the beach?

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Old 04-18-2018, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Default Southern State Perceptions

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Here's how I'd rank the popularity of Southern states (including Oklahoma and Texas)...


Most popular: Florida, Georgia, Texas.

More popular: North Carolina, Virginia.

Average: Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Less popular: Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma.

Least popular: Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia.
This ranking corresponds reasonably well to the growth rates of the respective Southern states, with a couple exceptions. Both Alabama and Louisiana arguably belong in the 'Less Popular' group as they do not really align with their respective counterparts in 'Least Popular' and 'Average'.

New Orleans is a fun place to visit and has a unique urban fabric that doesn't really have a counterpart in any of Alabama's cities, but it lacks much of a business sector and is an extremely vulnerable place with its below sea level location next to a large lake and river. Louisiana's other principal cities all have their assets, but none except for Lafayette (capital of Cajun Country and an oil business hub) particularly stand out as leaders in their size cohorts. With the state's general stagnation for years, it's not surprising that Louisiana has the lowest proportion of residents born outside the state in the South and one of the lowest in the nation. Compared to the other 'Average' states, they have no equivalent of booming metro Nashville in Tennessee, nor the thriving coastal areas of South Carolina.

Meanwhile in Alabama, Birmingham isn't identified much as a tourist destination but it is seeing a lot of urban core redevelopment and is a leading medical research hub. Huntsville of course is a very successful smaller metro area with its federal and high tech assets, and starting to develop more amenities that aligns with having an educated, prosperous population that includes many transplants from outside the South. I don't think Alabama as a whole is perceived as well as the South Atlantic states or Tennessee, but it's unquestionably ahead of Mississippi, and aside from a "leisure" perspective, also surpasses Louisiana.
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