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Old 03-30-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Another theory and based upon experiences in Kansas City, it might be the very reason why people are reluctant to name their home state.

Bias. I noted it as soon as I moved here. When I first moved here I did not have any knowledge of this area nor any preconceived notions about the people or this place. I quickly learned that people in the Kansas City area are not all that fond of people from the East Coast and especially New York. Countless times I ran into people that thought I was from New York and I would have to listen to all sorts of cracks and comments about it. Thus, it is my belief some people prefer to use the generic "East Coast" location in order to avoid a confrontation with someone that may possess an anti New York or other East Coast state bias.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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I give that answer some times. I lived in 5 different states between North Carolina and Massachusetts. I moved here from NC but I don't consider myself from there, that's just the last place I lived. I consider myself to be from Philadelphia since that's where I spent the largest amount of time growing up, but I haven't lived there in over 15 years. So it's just easier to say the east coast and if they want to know more they can just ask.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Why do people "from the east coast" never want to specify where they are actually from ?

This has always bothered me. I live in Colorado and when people ask me where I am from I reply "Denver" or "Colorado", not "The Mountain West" or "Just east of the Rockies". Can anyone explain this?
If you are on the east coast when it's being discussed, people will say the exact state. I think it has more to do with where the question is asked than where the responder is from. You know, if you live in the South and the question, "Where are you from?" is asked in the South, the responder will say, "I'm from Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, etc." But if that same person was asked the question in Oregon, the person might respond, "I'm from the Southeast."
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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I don't like the term East Coast because there's not a clear definition of the East Coast. People generally only include the Northeast. Why don't they include the Southeast as part of the East Coast?
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default I only say I am from NY

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Why do people "from the east coast" never want to specify where they are actually from ?

This has always bothered me. I live in Colorado and when people ask me where I am from I reply "Denver" or "Colorado", not "The Mountain West" or "Just east of the Rockies". Can anyone explain this?
But then as soon as I start talking, most people can probably tell anyway.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Yeah, If I'm somewhere else in the U.S. I tell people I'm from Massachusetts' South Coast (if they're familiar, I specifiy the town-Assonet, near New Bedford/ Fall River).

If I'm out of the country (aside from Canada), I tell people I'm from the Boston area... i get more specific if they ask. I NEVER say I'm from the East Coast... i haven't met anyone who says that either.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Yeah, If I'm somewhere else in the U.S. I tell people I'm from Massachusetts' South Coast (if they're familiar, I specifiy the town-Assonet, near New Bedford/ Fall River).

If I'm out of the country (aside from Canada), I tell people I'm from the Boston area... i get more specific if they ask. I NEVER say I'm from the East Coast... i haven't met anyone who says that either.
exactly. My logic is if anyone doesn't know where Boston is they aren't worth talking to.

Seriously though. in canada at least. I am from just outside Boston but live in Canada and I aaalways say im from Boston, not Massachusetts, or the US.

saying "East Coast" to other americans seems unnessecary and frankly, weird, because everyone should know all the states if they live in the US.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:26 PM
 
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You'd be surprised how many people don't know where Rhode Island is. I used to live there, and after a while started saying I lived in New England and only getting specific if someone cared enough to ask. Since I lived in Providence, worked in Boston, spent a lot of weekends in VT, NH, and ME and frequently visited friends in CT, I think "New England" was actually a more accurate response anyway. It's a much smaller area than anyone from CA would probably realize if they haven't visited.

East Coast sounds unnecessarily vague, unless a person has a job or lifestyle that somehow makes the whole region "home."
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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You'd be surprised how many people don't know where Rhode Island is. I used to live there, and after a while started saying I lived in New England and only getting specific if someone cared enough to ask. Since I lived in Providence, worked in Boston, spent a lot of weekends in VT, NH, and ME and frequently visited friends in CT, I think "New England" was actually a more accurate response anyway. It's a much smaller area than anyone from CA would probably realize if they haven't visited.

East Coast sounds unnecessarily vague, unless a person has a job or lifestyle that somehow makes the whole region "home."
really? people don't know where rhode island is?
people who live in the US don't know roughly where ALL the states are?

those people should be drug out in the street and shot.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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umm, who the hell are you talking to.. No one from the east coast says they're from the east coast. They usually say their state or city... Why would a southern state want to be considered a northern state or vice versa!?

If anything the people from the west coast say that.. The cultural divide in the west isn't as strong in the east, that's why they really don't care when they say "I'm from California" like it's the size of Deleware.

Seems like on the east coast you have to specify where your from to define yourself a little more. Like I'm from North Jersey, and emphasize the major difference in South Jersey and North Jersey... and it's a ridiculously small state.
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