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Old 10-30-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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Missouri is not France, not in the least bit...except for a few towns along the Mississippi. Missouri, like most of the Midwest, is pretty much like Germany, although portions of the Ozarks remind of the Scottish highlands. German ancestry dominates not only the Missouri, but the rest of the Midwest, including the Upper Midwest parts. As a whole population percentage, Germany wins out the whole Midwest (all 12 states) and parts of the Northeast. The South, with the exception of Louisiana, which is the only state in the country reminding me of France, is more or less quintessentially U.K. associated. The only exception to this is Florida, which is more or less associated with Spain (it's the closest I can come since it really is heavily Latin-American in nature.
I know most people in Missouri are of German ancestry, but it's not based on people ancestry that I made my choice (otherwise I'd have said that Massachusetts is like Ireland, New Jersey is like Italy and Hawaii is like Japan.

The shape of Missouri just reminds me France.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Pacific Northwest - UK. Similar climates, somewhat close demographics. Both are set apart in a way from the greater region (the rest of the US/continental Europe). Both seem pretty progressive in a lot of ways, but still churn in the money.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:09 PM
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Location: Oakland
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I think the topography is similar and can cover most of the range from france/italy/spain... but the cultural differences are pretty strong. I can't say I experience a vibe like those countries in California but I have in Florida, Quebec, parts of the upper midwest and the upper northeast.
Could you elaborate some more?

Quebec is probably most like France culturally, for obvious reasons...but how exactly do you find places in the midwest and upper northeast to be more like Spain/Italy/France than California?

I would guess that California is one of the most culturally similar to Spain at least, due to the fact that tons of people speak Spanish, California used to be part of Spain, tons of places have Spanish names, there are old Spanish Missions all over the place etc. Those are just superficial similarities though...it's America, not Spain, and history + names don't mean much when it comes to how people in the present interact and live day-to-day.

Of course California is most similar to those countries in topography/climate though (well compared to the coastal Mediterranean and the alpine regions of those nations, at least).
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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California, PNW- The Netherlands
Rockies- Switzerland
South- Italy
Southwest- Scandinavia with a desert
Northeast- the megalopolis of western germany
Midwest-the rest of Germany
Appalachia- Ural Mountains, Russia
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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CA: Spain(Easily, it was part of Spain, and the architecture shows for it)/Greece/Italy, basically Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:14 AM
 
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I think the topography is similar and can cover most of the range from france/italy/spain... but the cultural differences are pretty strong. I can't say I experience a vibe like those countries in California but I have in Florida, Quebec, parts of the upper midwest and the upper northeast.
I think need to elaborate on how the upper midwest and upper northeast is culturally more like France/Italy/Spain than California.

I spent over a month in Southern France, and culturally we borrow a lot from them especially in Sacramento, Bay Area and the Central Coasts.

Our pace and connection to the land (agricultural, food and wine) is a huge part of California cultural as it is to Mediterranean cultures and lifestyles.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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Alaska and Pacific Northwest equals Scandinavia plus Iceland (based on topography and proximity to the ocean and culture)
California equals Spain, France, Italy and Greece (Mediterranean type culture and topography)
Colorado and inner mountain west equals switzerland
Northeast and upper Midwest equals Germany
Southeast and Appalachia equals Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria
Ohio and rust belt equals former Soviet Republics and Western Russia.

Off Topic but:

Florida equals Turkey LOL.
Mexico equals North African and Arab Countries.
Haiti equals Sub Saharan Africa.

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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New England is a mix of british, irish, italian, and portuguese influence along with french canadian influence farther north.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana = Great Britain, Rep. of Ireland, and Germany

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