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View Poll Results: Which state would you rather live in, Illinois or New York
Illinois 51 31.29%
New York 112 68.71%
Voters: 163. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-29-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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Similar accents maybe, at least west of Syracuse. But otherwise the Appalachian culture in New York is only a couple steps removed from that of WV.
Pretty broad brush there! NY's Appalachian culture is confined to the Southern Tier, a small group of counties hugging the PA border. No applachian culture in the big cities wher most upstaters live, nor in the Finger Lakes, the Hudson Valley, the Adirondaks, or the areas along the shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario.

 
Old 12-29-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Oh, stop it. Upstate NY is much more urbanized, has several cities bigger than WV's biggest, has a greater diversity of population, better educational institutions, etc.
Blah blah blah. There are way more hicks in New York than anyone seems willing to admit.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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New York by a mile!!!

New York's Catskills, Adirondack, and other mountain ranges are spectacular! There's NYC and Long Island--much milder in winter than any portion of Illinois. New York has the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches, and has the smaller cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and Syracuse.
Not to knock Illinois, but New York is a much better state in which to reside.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 12:09 PM
 
Location: NJ
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New York by a mile!!!

New York's Catskills, Adirondack, and other mountain ranges are spectacular! There's NYC and Long Island--much milder in winter than any portion of Illinois. New York has the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches, and has the smaller cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and Syracuse.
Not to knock Illinois, but New York is a much better state in which to reside.
I agree. Plus, you're closer to DC, Philly, Boston, Northern New England, etc.....I do like Chicago though.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I like Chicago more than NYC. I voted accordingly.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Blah blah blah. There are way more hicks in New York than anyone seems willing to admit.

Yes, there are plenty of hicks in upstate NY. But people can't generalize upstate NY and downstate NY. It's a totally different culture. I went to school in a "medium sized city" in upstate NY, and it was like a small town to me. The locals were definitely hicks, despite it being called a "city" lol.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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Yes, there are plenty of hicks in upstate NY. But people can't generalize upstate NY and downstate NY. It's a totally different culture. I went to school in a "medium sized city" in upstate NY, and it was like a small town to me. The locals were definitely hicks, despite it being called a "city" lol.
Even that is relative, which is what you are getting at. I wouldn't call Ithaca hick, but someone from NYC might. I wouldn't call it hick due to being a college town that is actually pretty cosmopolitan. I understand it only has about 32,000 people, but it has a lot to offer. People aren't as "hick" up here as people think. That is a misconception about Upstate NY that downstate people have.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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Any way, Illinois is more than just Cornfields and Chicago.
It is? Many Chicagoans don't think so.

I kid, I kid!
 
Old 12-29-2008, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Even that is relative, which is what you are getting at. I wouldn't call Ithaca hick, but someone from NYC might. I wouldn't call it hick due to being a college town that is actually pretty cosmopolitan. I understand it only has about 32,000 people, but it has a lot to offer. People aren't as "hick" up here as people think. That is a misconception about Upstate NY that downstate people have.

I don't think Ithaca is hick. I went to school in Cortland, that's where I was talking about.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 04:43 PM
 
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I live in Illinois and love Chicago. I love New York City on a similar level. But if I were forced to live in either state outside of Chicago and New York City, I'd pick the state of New York. It's just a more interesting place, as far as I'm concerned. I think I'd shoot myself within a matter of months if I lived "downstate" in Illinois.
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