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Old 01-01-2019, 12:57 PM
 
Location: North Caroline
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Which Southern cities, for their size, feel the most insular/snooty/elitist towards newcomers/non-natives (even those who assimilate into the local culture)? I’ve heard Charleston; can anyone corroborate or deny this? Perhaps Richmond and its connection to the whole first families of Virginia thing? What states in general, even?

Consequently, what are the least insular cities, for their size, for transplants who assimilate well?

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Old 01-01-2019, 05:24 PM
 
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Charleston has so many transplants now that I find it hard to believe it would be the snootiest at this point in time. Not sure what would be the snobbiest; maybe somewhere like Lexington, KY, but really not sure.

Least insular: Usual suspects (Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem)
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:32 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I think native New Orleanians can be quite insular and there is conflict between natives and transplants there, though in that case transplant include not just Yankees but even people from other parts of Louisiana. I also think the New Orleans elite is a rather closed network.

Miami is very insular to those who are not Cuban and who don't speak Spanish as their native language or follow Cuban culture. At the same time, the New York Jewish transplants in South Florida are also very insular and associate only with their own.

Baton Rouge feels more open to people who are assimilated.
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:40 PM
 
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There’s 2 different Charleston’s. There’s the Charleston for plebes. That would be James Island, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Downtown Charleston from the campus north, etc. Then there is the Downtown Charleston crowd, those in the old houses along the battery and South of Broad. They are actually not too mean or anything, but they won’t consider you an actual Charlestonian living on Daniels Island.
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Richmond is not at all insular - in the city its mainly Yankees like me these days. I think it might have been 40 years ago before RVA joined the BosWash corridor.
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Denver
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New Orleans is very insular. Very. And I completely understand it
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Charleston has so many transplants now that I find it hard to believe it would be the snootiest at this point in time. Not sure what would be the snobbiest; maybe somewhere like Lexington, KY, but really not sure.

Least insular: Usual suspects (Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem)
Lexington can be very snooty and snobbish, especially with the whole Equine culture going on there. I was never a fan of Lexington when I lived in Kentucky, too preppy. I will say this, once your accepted, you are accepted forever. But yes, Lexington and Eastern KY are very much insular. You have to get towards NKY and Louisville for that insular vibe to go away, IMO.

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Old 01-03-2019, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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From places I have frequent visited:

Least Insular:
Nashville, TN
Atlanta, GA
Charlotte, NC
Orlando, FL
Tampa Bay, FL area
Louisville, KY


Most insular:
Lexington, KY
Memphis, TN
Huntsville, AL
Little Rock, AR
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Baltimore - Richmond
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Yea, as previously stated, Richmond is not insular at all and is transplant heavy just like the rest of urban Virginia. We have to stop assuming that the confederacy tells you anything about the identity of Richmond today.
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Baltimore - Richmond
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Yea, as previously stated, Richmond is not insular at all and is transplant heavy just like the rest of urban Virginia. We have to stop assuming that the confederacy tells you anything about the identity of Richmond today.
My mistake, I misread what was posted. We get a lot of Richmond confederate posts on here so I've developed something of a hair-pin trigger. Richmond is not an insular area and I have never met anyone actually linked to the First Families of Virginia here, at least not knowingly. I would imagine those types stick to the outskirts of town and surrounding counties.
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