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Old 01-13-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Not even being biased this time, but Ohio.

There is a lot of diversity in races and areas here like the US. There is large cities, medium cities, small cities, rural towns, large areas of farmland and low-density areas. Also has beaches, large rivers, hilly areas.

Just everything about Ohio.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Road Warrior
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Columbus, OH about 66% White 33% minority (same as the U.S.). Still has the old American small town flavor but also that of an emerging economy at 750,000 nearing 1,000,000 in another decade or two to become an emerging world class city. Driving distance to the East Coast and that of the heart of the midwest. It also has an energetic prestigious college town at it's center with about 50,000 kids.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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I think Florida is the only state that gets a near full representation of the US.

In South Florida you get two things:
1. A huge Hispanic population from many Spanish speaking countries all over the world.
2. A huge Northeast population for retirement and sometimes their children and grandchildren.

In the Florida panhandle, you have a very typical Southern population mirroring the states directly north of them.

In Central Florida, you get more of a homogenized mixture of people due to the first two regions mentioned beforehand.

Politically, Florida is always a swing state and the results are never a landslise for either party (usually).

Key West and Ft. Lauderdale are home to very large gay communities.

Florida is a leader in citrus products and other agriculture. The fishing industry does well in the state of Florida.
There is every economic class in Florida from extremely wealthy to extremely poor. Many different industries exist here from the oil/gas business around the Gulf Coast to the entertainment industries in Miami/South Beach and Orlando (Disney, etc.)

Florida very accurately captures America.

I am not from Florida nor have ever lived there, this is just my opinion. I have of course visited several times.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:20 PM
 
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New York State by a landslide

In the last 100 years, America has been defined by freedom and the rags to riches "American dream". The Statue of Liberty best symbolizes the freedom of America to the rest of the world. Ellis Island was ground zero for the beginning of the American journey. An infinite number of ethnic immigrant neighborhoods have been in New York State. For a long period of time, NY has had every type of job available from upstate manufacturing to Wall St. banking. America achieved greatness in the 20th century, and nowhere was this more evident than New York.

Maybe today, due to the trust fund population increasing the costs of the city, and the rustbelt death to upstate, a different state could take the place of New York. However, no state will ever embody America like NY in the 20th century.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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New York State by a landslide

In the last 100 years, America has been defined by freedom and the rags to riches "American dream". The Statue of Liberty best symbolizes the freedom of America to the rest of the world. Ellis Island was ground zero for the beginning of the American journey. An infinite number of ethnic immigrant neighborhoods have been in New York State. For a long period of time, NY has had every type of job available from upstate manufacturing to Wall St. banking. America achieved greatness in the 20th century, and nowhere was this more evident than New York.

Maybe today, due to the trust fund population increasing the costs of the city, and the rustbelt death to upstate, a different state could take the place of New York. However, no state will ever embody America like NY in the 20th century.
Exactly, my brother.....!
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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To add on to what DITC said, NY repsents everything about America, the good and the bad. This the same state that was big in the Underground Railroad, but didn't outlaw slavery until 1827. People don't know that Wall St. came from the slave auction block in that part of NYC and many slaves helped to build that city too. Wall Street - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Then, you have the dynamic of many Blacks from the South moving to NY cities, big and small and forming communities along with a multitude of racial and ethnic groups. Just in my county, we have Native Americans, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics and Whites of various backgrounds within each group.

Plenty of options in terms of mountains, rural, urban, suburban, lakes, rivers, the ocean and so on. You have 4 seasons, a variety of educational opitons and just so much more.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:17 PM
 
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which america do you want?

The capitalism america and the america of the extrems?? then NY and CA

The progressive america? then NY and the west coast (CA, Seattle)

The cowboy and hillbilly america? then Texas, the south and the appalachia

The farmer america? then the crop belt and the plaines

The hard workers america? then the coal mine states and the old eastern industry towns like Detroit, Baltimore, Philladelphia or Cincinnati

The new- orleans- blues and slave- america? then the "black belt", especially Lousiana and Mississippi

So which america do you want?
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