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Old 09-06-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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Call the plains the Midwest.

Great Lakes would be good for OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, and MN. But then you would have to include PA and NY which are also Northeast states.
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Old 09-06-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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The Pre-Mountain States
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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The more easternly states are the Mid-East. Or they could be called "BoringLand". Kansas/Nebraska is "Mid" or "Crapland".
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Where you wish you lived, LA
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call it "the country side"

"mid america"
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:33 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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The more easternly states are the Mid-East.
American students are geographically challenged enough as it is. Let's not confuse them further with another Mideast.
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I've always been bothered with the term Midwest. It's not West and it's hardly even mid. Look at the map. Those are eastern states!

How about "Inland Northeast", or "Crossroads", or "Great Lakes States"?
How about North Central? It doesn't resemble the West in the least.

Read:

"North Central States that surround the Great Lakes."
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's hardly even central though. The only states of the Midwest that have even a PART of them closer to the Pacific than the Atlantic are the westernmost Plains states, and some people don't even count those as Midwest!

Ohio is at closest, only 200 miles from Chesapeake Bay - and always more than 1,800 miles from the Pacific! It's like 80-85% of the way to the East Coast from California.

As for not feeling Northeastern, well yeah, it's totally unlike the true Northeast, but then again Colorado is also totally unlike California, but it's still seen as being very Western.
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Old 09-06-2008, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Kansas/Nebraska is "Mid" or "Crapland".
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I live in the Midwest (this part of Missouri probably closely borders the South, but that's another thread entirely).

The term Midwest may not be entirely accurate, but it doesn't bother me.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:46 PM
 
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Midwest because it's in the middle of the country (east and west), and west as in reference to the "wild west" (cowboys and indians)
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