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View Poll Results: Which state(s)?
Virginia 12 10.26%
West Virginia 11 9.40%
Kentucky 9 7.69%
Tennessee 19 16.24%
North Carolina 11 9.40%
South Carolina 22 18.80%
Georgia 7 5.98%
Florida 5 4.27%
Alabama 22 18.80%
Mississippi 6 5.13%
Arkansas 7 5.98%
Louisiana 6 5.13%
Texas 6 5.13%
Oklahoma 4 3.42%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 117. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-14-2019, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Definitely not South Carolina. According to the popularity contest that is 2019 Southern Living’s “South’s Best Lists”, South Carolina places multiple times in multiple categories. Most notibly:
BEST SMALL TOWNS
BEST CITIES
BEST BEACH TOWNS

https://www.southernliving.com/souths-best
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Using the census definition:

Underrated

Delaware
Kentucky (My vote in the poll BTW)
Arkansas
Oklahoma
West Virginia

Properly rated

South Carolina
Mississippi
Maryland (and DC)
Alabama
Louisiana
Virginia (except for NoVA)

Overrated

Georgia
Texas
Florida
North Carolina
NoVA
Tennessee

I'm sorry, but a lot of the states in the last column have "sold out" much like your favorite singer or band. Just take Florida for example: in the 1960s, before Disney World, with the possible exception of Miami, the state was seen as a charming, relaxing place for vacations and retirees. Nowadays, even in places like the panhandle, Daytona Beach, and Sarasota-Ft. Myers, those places feel like they've lost their soul from overcrowding and rising prices, in addition to the same generic culture that dominates those cities. Sure, there are pockets of those states that are underrated like Jackson, TN, the northern neck of VA, and Winston-Salem, NC, but the media hype on boards like C-D and elsewhere have caused a lot of cities and places in those states to lose their genuine appeal that made them unique in their own place. A state like NC isn't too high key, but it lags in its offerings compared to other Top 10 states like an MLB team, a city with good transit and walkability, and high culture which is why I place it in the "overrated" category overall, in addition to the Triangle/Charlotte's rising costs in associated with its booms. South Carolina may no longer be underrated like it was in the '90s/early '00s, but its still below the hype of the more popular states. Mississippi would be underrated if it weren't for the inferiority the state performs in many lists. You'll also see that most on the "underrated" category are on the northern edge of the south, meaning that they don't provide the "mild weather" draw that states further south do and also lack that nationally-renowned city to deliver the hype.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:31 AM
 
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I'm sorry, what media hype on boards like C-D are you talking about for Texas?
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Definitely not South Carolina. According to the popularity contest that is 2019 Southern Living’s “South’s Best Lists”, South Carolina places multiple times in multiple categories. Most notibly:
BEST SMALL TOWNS
BEST CITIES
BEST BEACH TOWNS

https://www.southernliving.com/souths-best
It may, but I still feel like it doesn't get its proper due on the basis of perception. SC should engender a more solid impression for what the state offers, and not just in or around Charleston. As an aside and on some levels, SC kind of reminds me of a Deep South mirror of Virginia with respect to its cities and history. And I think many people shrug a good portion of VA off for the same reasons they may SC. Still underrated.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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And I think many people shrug a good portion of VA off for the same reasons they may SC. Still underrated.
I assume you are thinking about liberal people.

Given the uniform high growth across the state, the tourism, and the popularity of SC's universities with out of state students, it seems hard to make the case SC is underrated. I wish that was the case.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I assume you are thinking about liberal people.

Given the uniform high growth across the state, the tourism, and the popularity of SC's universities with out of state students, it seems hard to make the case SC is underrated. I wish that was the case.
Why do you wish that? You regularly encourage people to move to Greenville.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:46 PM
 
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I assume you are thinking about liberal people.

Given the uniform high growth across the state, the tourism, and the popularity of SC's universities with out of state students, it seems hard to make the case SC is underrated. I wish that was the case.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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20 years ago my answer would have been South Carolina, but I think in the last couple of decades its reputation has risen as more and more people from other parts of the country move to Georgia and North Carolina and to a lesser degree South Carolina itself. Charleston has long been popular, but now Greenville and the Charlotte suburbs in SC get noticed as well.

In 2019 my vote goes to Alabama. I think it is just too "deep south" for people from other regions to give it consideration. But it has great beaches in the south, scenic mountains in the north, a good economic base, a sizable port, two decent public universities, a 1 million + metro (Birmingham), a growing tech hub (Huntsville), etc.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:31 PM
 
Location: AL
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I voted WV, AL, MS, and TN, in that order. I've never personally been to WV (hopefully soon though) but I have contacts there. Not all of TN is underrated (for example, Nashville and Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge are highly rated, if not overrated) but there are many places that are.

Florida is the most overrated southern state to me. I may be biased because I hate beaches, but with the extreme amount of out-of-staters flowing into it, its appeal is declining. Just my opinion though.

I always hear that NC is overrated - and have heard it referred to as "another Florida" - but where I've been (Murphy) has been great. No comment.

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In 2019 my vote goes to Alabama. I think it is just too "deep south" for people from other regions to give it consideration. But it has great beaches in the south, scenic mountains in the north, a good economic base, a sizable port, two decent public universities, a 1 million + metro (Birmingham), a growing tech hub (Huntsville), etc.
I agree with this. Alabama isn't as bad as many would think for being deep south. Birmingham is easily the most underrated city I've been to. I always enjoy trips up/through northern AL just because of the scenery.
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:44 PM
 
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I'm sorry, what media hype on boards like C-D are you talking about for Texas?
And who would even be looking at C-D for the latest media hype, anyway?
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