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Old 12-31-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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Someone mentioned in another thread that when people think of “Georgia,” they’re probably thinking of a place like Macon, not Atlanta, despite the fact that Atlanta is far and away the dominant city in the state. Are there any other states that you believe might be similar to the previous example, where the largest/most dominant city may not be what most people think of when they conjure up images (whether right or wrong) of a particular state?

When I think of Georgia I basically only think of Atlanta other than like the Dukes of Hazard cause it's a movie.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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Funny thing also is that people think Minnesota gets a TON of snow, but most of the state gets a fairly paltry amount compared to the snow belts east of a great lake. Minneapolis-St Paul gets as much snow as Denver, CO. Duluth is the snowiest city at 80"+ (depending on where you measure and what source you look at).

It hardly melts during winter giving the illusion of a ton of snow.
I'm definitely aware of that. The giant snows just don't happen that often west of a certain point. By "heavy snows" I meant in comparison to myself. Iowa doesn't get as huge of snows as people seem to think. Every neighboring state has a larger "biggest snowfall ever", except Missouri, which is tied with us at 24". Personally, I don't know if I've witnessed more than 13" in 24 hours.

The Upper Midwest often appears snowbound in winter because it gets just enough snow to cover things, and then it's cold enough to stick around for 3-4 months. The Great Lakes and East Coast get much larger snow events.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Yeah, Vail is a good one for what people think our lives are like. If they only knew.
Yes, a mountain ski town is definitely what I think of when I think of Colorado. I've never been to Vail itself, so my mental image is Breckenridge, to which I have been. (I've also been to Denver and Colorado Springs, but the Front Range isn't the stereotype of that state.)

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Along with Michigan, it's one of my favorite Midwest states.
I used to envision all of Michigan looking like a cross between the abandoned ruins of Detroit and the decay of Flint, as shown in Roger & Me. What a revelation, then, to visit Grand Rapids and other parts of West Michigan and see just how beautiful and pleasant that state can be!

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For my state, I don't know that any city works because I get the impression the overwhelming stereotype of Iowa is one gigantic cornfield.
Yup.

As for my own state of Maryland, I suppose Annapolis would fit the stereotype best.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Miami-Dade
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TX - Same with Houston and Dallas, but these days I think a good case could be made for Austin.
I'm thinking Fort Worth: conservative, flat, prairie land with your all-American cowboy culture

To the outsider Austin is the anti Texan city. An island of culture in the middle of a vast, backwards wasteland. I do think that idea of Texas is gradually fading away though.
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Old 12-31-2018, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Yes, a mountain ski town is definitely what I think of when I think of Colorado. I've never been to Vail itself, so my mental image is Breckenridge, to which I have been. (I've also been to Denver and Colorado Springs, but the Front Range isn't the stereotype of that state.)
Same thing, but Vail is in a narrower valley, and Breckenridge actually fits the stereotype a bit better.

I took the OP's thread to mean "city", and most wouldn't consider anything IN the mountains to be an actual city (which is why I mentioned Boulder and Colorado Springs).
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Illinois: Maybe Springfield, because of the Abe Lincoln stuff and being a fairly compact city (i.e. not that much sprawl) that gives way quickly to cornfields. Really, I think outside Chicagoland, we're seen more as a state of small farm towns than mid-sized cities.

Nevada: I think Vegas works. It's not qualitatively that different from the rest of the state in terms of scenery, casinos, etc.; it's just way bigger than anywhere else.
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I think with most anybody, the state's largest city is going to be the default choice; if not that, then perhaps the state's major tourist town
I agree. I would never think Macon for GA or Vail for CO. Minneapolis St Paul would be MN. Chicago for IL. Missouri and Tennessee might be debatable.
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:33 PM
 
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Yeah, Vail is a good one for what people think our lives are like. If they only knew.
I was gonna say Aspen, despite what common sense would dictate (billionaires represent a tiny percentage of Coloradans). Those picture-perfect views of Maroon Bells, lake, evergreens, golden aspens, no unbeautiful or plain houses in sight, yadayadayada...keep that CO fantasy perpetuating...throw in some log McMansions with split-rail fencing and green grass stretching endlessly with sleek horses grazing...yep that’s a typical CO ranch uh huh for sure.
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:40 PM
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Location: Houston for Living/Los Angeles for Work
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In Texas, Houston and Dallas are the most well known globally but I wouldnt call either "Texan" per se. I think Austin is moreso than either. That said, the image people are thinking of when they think of Texas would probably be Fort Worth or San Antonio.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:28 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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In Texas, Houston and Dallas are the most well known globally but I wouldnt call either "Texan" per se. I think Austin is moreso than either. That said, the image people are thinking of when they think of Texas would probably be Fort Worth or San Antonio.
I could get onboard with Fort Worth being the quintessential Texan city. When I visited the Metroplex, I found Fort Worth to have more character and Texan charm than Dallas.
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