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Old 01-12-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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America is a diverse land not just on racial and ethnic grounds, but on economic, social, class, religious, and sexual grounds as well.

Some states are agriculture based while others are half and half

Some states have much racial diversity while some have little to none.

Some states are wealthy while others are mostly poor

So in your opinion which state best embodies all of these characteristics of America?

I would have to say NJ. Everything that is good and bad about America can be found there. From top to bottom America is represented fully in the Garden State.

Note: If this is a repeat thread then moderator please delete. I searched and couldn't find anything similar.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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I'd say North Carolina.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:20 PM
 
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Hmmm, I lived in WA-state most of my life, and I think that most of the US is very different than WA. Maybe Illinois?
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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California I think represents a microcosm of America best as it has the most diversity in terms of ethnicity, incomes, geography, climates, etc... Usually trends are seen in CA first then work their way to the rest of the nation and that is both good and bad imo. CA has some of the wealthiest parts of the country as well as some of the poorest; there are pockets of poverty here just as bad as anything you'd find in Appalachia or the rural South, if not worse. CA has some of the largest metro areas and a high % of people living in urban areas but at the same time is the #1 agricultural state. We have really liberal areas and really conservative areas too, it's not as liberal and democratic as some might assume. We have some of the safest cities as well as some of the most dangerous. It's just one big, dirty diverse state. Lots of good things here but also lots of bad things, hopefully other places will learn from CA's mistakes, which there are many, rather than repeat them.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:22 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Lots of States do. Maryland is one of them
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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California I think represents a microcosm of America best as it has the most diversity in terms of ethnicity, incomes, geography, climates, etc... Usually trends are seen in CA first then work their way to the rest of the nation and that is both good and bad imo. CA has some of the wealthiest parts of the country as well as some of the poorest; there are pockets of poverty here just as bad as anything you'd find in Appalachia or the rural South, if not worse. CA has some of the largest metro areas and a high % of people living in urban areas but at the same time is the #1 agricultural state. We have really liberal areas and really conservative areas too, it's not as liberal and democratic as some might assume. We have some of the safest cities as well as some of the most dangerous. It's just one big, dirty diverse state. Lots of good things here but also lots of bad things, hopefully other places will learn from CA's mistakes, which there are many, rather than repeat them.
Good answer
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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California I think represents a microcosm of America best as it has the most diversity in terms of ethnicity, incomes, geography, climates, etc... Usually trends are seen in CA first then work their way to the rest of the nation and that is both good and bad imo. CA has some of the wealthiest parts of the country as well as some of the poorest; there are pockets of poverty here just as bad as anything you'd find in Appalachia or the rural South, if not worse. CA has some of the largest metro areas and a high % of people living in urban areas but at the same time is the #1 agricultural state. We have really liberal areas and really conservative areas too, it's not as liberal and democratic as some might assume. We have some of the safest cities as well as some of the most dangerous. It's just one big, dirty diverse state. Lots of good things here but also lots of bad things, hopefully other places will learn from CA's mistakes, which there are many, rather than repeat them.
Substitute one word in that paragraph, and you could've been talking about my home state: New York. Look at all the typing you saved me!
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Denver
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New York of the original thirteen and home of the Statue of Liberty.
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: O'Hare International Airport
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California? Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

No.

My vote is for Ohio. There's a reason that it's a perennial swing state and corporations use it often for consumer testing. Geographically, politically, and culturally is represents the best and worst of America.
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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Somewhere in the Midwest.
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