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Old 12-01-2018, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Center City
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The same is true about Chicago. Downtown, there are a ton of shirts and hats with Chicago on them, and even purses with the Chicago flag. Not so much about the State of Illinois, although U of Illinois stuff can be seen. Also, just like every other place, there is school pride that carries into the city, such as Nothwestern, or team pride, such as the Cubs or Bears that is connected with the city.
Probably a legacy city thing: deep history of blue collar workers supporting their families on a living wage while rooting for the local MLB and NFL teams to do battle on their behalf. This degree of pride and identification with a city takes generations to embed itself into the local DNA. It’s not common in sunbelt cities brimming with transplants.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:53 AM
 
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Well, speaking of football, Thursday was a sad day for me because the Saints (who played terribly) lost to the Cowboys. I like but don't love the Cowboys and they pretty much suck this year, and the Saints have been on a tear and they are "my team" (hey, I'm from New Orleans, I can't help it). My husband has been a Cowboys (Cowgirls?) fan his whole life though he's been put out with them this year. Anyway, the Saints and Cowboys don't play each other every year so when they do it's a big deal in our house. So I am still sort of in a state of shock.

Here in NE Texas, there are a lot of Saints fans since we are only two hours from the LA border and also since so many people from the LA coast moved here after Katrina. But of course there are more Cowboys fans. So people were really talking about this game and frankly just about everyone was expecting the Cowboys to lose. Yikes!

Oh well, even with this loss, the only team with a better record right now is the Rams, with 10-1. (Saints are 10-2.) Maybe they'll lose their next game - LOL.

I'd say that a lot of state pride is directly tied to sports teams, especially football. I mean, the SEC is just such a big thing in the South and then you have the NFL. Just off the top of my head - in college, Alabama, Clemson, GA State, LSU, FL, etc. and that's just college. Then you've got the Cowboys, the Saints, the Texans, the Falcons - all of those teams have huge followings (not to mention other southern teams).

I know that there are college and professional sports teams from all over the country, but southern teams for whatever reason seem to really bring out the flag waving from their states' sports fans. I'm sure there's some psychological reason for that but whatever - it's fun.

My son in law is from Boston. You'd think he'd be a big Red Sox fan. But he's not. He is, however, a huge Patriots fan. That's a "New England" team, not a state team. I just think that's interesting.
We recently visited ‘Nawlins and DH and kids caught a Saints game. In the spirit of things, they were even all decked out in Saints gear. Apparently was an awesome time had by all. Saints won and town went crazy. No sleep that night. You’d thought they won the SB.

Interestingly, we noticed a house in a very local neighborhood plastered in what looked like the metal Texas star. Texan transplant?
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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We recently visited ‘Nawlins and DH and kids caught a Saints game. In the spirit of things, they were even all decked out in Saints gear. Apparently was an awesome time had by all. Saints won and town went crazy. No sleep that night. You’d thought they won the SB.

Interestingly, we noticed a house in a very local neighborhood plastered in what looked like the metal Texas star. Texan transplant?
In my experience, especially living in east Texas so fairly near the Louisiana state line, there's a lot of camaraderie and mutual appreciation between east Texans and Louisianians. Lots of movement between the two states too, especially with oil and gas and related businesses, and considering Houston and New Orleans and the Haynesville Shale further north in Louisiana, the casinos (which lots of east Texans go to), and the mass movement of people from the coast into Texas after Katrina. Lots and lots of interaction and it's generally pleasant. And lots of Texans really like various Louisiana sports teams, especially the Saints and LSU.

My husband and I went down to New Orleans a couple of years ago specifically to "take in" a Saints game via a sports bar - LOL - we didn't want to pay for tickets and actually go to the stadium! We had a blast! That city is Saints crazy, I tell you.

I can't say much - my guest bathroom is in black and gold with a New Orleans theme and a Drew Brees drawing framed in there - Ha! And I wear a white gold fleur de lis necklace constantly. Laisses les bon temps rouler!
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Im not sure if it's pride or trendy, but the Colorado 'C' from the flag is plasted all over clothing, bumper stickers, mugs\glasses. California and Texas are the only places I've seen with more people displaying pride in their state.
Trendy. Over half the states population is from somewhere else and a large percentage of those are from CA and TX.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Center City
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We recently visited ‘Nawlins and DH and kids caught a Saints game. In the spirit of things, they were even all decked out in Saints gear. Apparently was an awesome time had by all. Saints won and town went crazy. No sleep that night. You’d thought they won the SB.
LOL - another example of a sports-crazy legacy city. There is always a good time to be had in NOLA.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:54 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Do you think Southerners, on average, have more pride in their home state? Are they more likely to display symbols of state pride such as their state flag? What about articles of clothing? From my experiences in N.C., state pride is a pretty big thing. What about elsewhere?
I think so. It probably varies from state to state with Texas on top. And not only do I think Southerners have the most state pride, I believe they have the most regional pride as well.


As for the other regions with state pride, I think it varies greatly from state to state. But in general if I had to guess for the state with the most average state pride - The South > The West > The Midwest > The Northeast.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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LOL - another example of a sports-crazy legacy city. There is always a good time to be had in NOLA.
You are not kidding and wow, am I ever proud to be a native of New Orleans! But I wouldn't want to live there. A few years ago, my husband and I went back to seriously check out the real estate and considered moving to that area, but ruled it out. For starters dang it, it is SO INCREDIBLY HUMID THERE. Throw in a hurricane or two and no thanks. Not to mention the crime rate.

But it is without a doubt a very fun city and we love going back for visits.

Geaux, Saints! (I've been a Saints fan since before they even had a stadium by the way! Sometimes that meant I was an Aints fan.)
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:05 PM
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Location: Dallas, TX
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I think most southern states do, especially Deep South states.
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:32 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'm from Tennessee but have lived in Iowa and Indiana for about five years put together. When I lived in Iowa, people would always ask me about Nashville, Elvis, Graceland, Jack Daniels, etc. Midwesterners were very meek about their own states.
There's truth to that statement I remember back in 11th grade English watching a channel 1 news video about which states voted for Obama and which for Romney and we only focused on the East Coast states (being that I live in NC) my high school English teacher from Ohio didn't let us watch the midwestern states because she said "no one cares about the Midwest". It's that reason alone to why people assume all midwesterners are boring. People in the Northeast and the South would proudly tell you where they're from and how they do things where they live.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:19 PM
 
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Having lived in NC and MA, I found both have a nice, healthy pride in their states. In terms of a pride for the state as a whole, I'd have to give the nod to NC. Being in Cape Cod, you saw LOTS of Cape Cod shirts, caps, car decals, etc. In the Boston metro, lots of neighborhood and close-suburb pride. In NC, there is lots of regional pride (mountains, piedmont, coast). I really love seeing people take pride in their various communities like that. NC is my home and love it dearly and like seeing others have the same satisfaction and contentment about the states where they live. One distinction I did notice, community sports/athletic teams (high school, communities leagues, church leagues, etc.) are MUCH more prominent in the South. That tends to bring a lot of pride within medium and small towns especially. So, there may be some variation in the levels of pride different states and regions have, but each has its pride. That's nice to see.
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