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View Poll Results: Which state is thought of most in the international community?
California 40 63.49%
Florida 2 3.17%
Illinois 1 1.59%
New York 20 31.75%
Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-03-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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http://www.pdc.us/pdf/praise-pubs/an...index_2006.pdf

How the world sees The States
The most famous states of the Union
are virtually nation brands in their own
right. Florida, California, Texas, Alaska,
Arizona and Hawaii, for example, are
names that are almost as familiar to
people around the world as America
itself. However, this fact is hardly
surprising because their names and
images have been promoted, sometimes
deliberately and sometimes by chance,
for as long as America’s, and have
captured the imaginations of people
around the world for decades and even
centuries.

From its earliest days, as America
grew in territory and population, its subbrands
began to develop. Just as Procter
and Gamble have Pringles, Head &
Shoulders and Crest, America had
California, Texas, Arizona, Virginia,
Colorado and many more, each one
showcased around the world in movies,
historical events, TV shows, products
and personalities. Like all good brands,
these states were more than just names:
they soon became shorthand for the
ideas and values and ways of life they
represented. Such evocative images as
gold prospectors, the Alamo, and
cowboys and Indians stand out in the
imaginations of millions around the
world, and have become so intrinsic to
the idea of America that it is impossible
to imagine it without them. This is
equally true for Americans as it is for
foreigners. The American sense of
identity has always been inspired and
informed by ideas of a “pioneering
spirit”, “Yankee ingenuity” and “frontier
justice”, and such ideas are far more
strongly linked to some states than others.


However, the overall ranking – the total
marks of each state on all six points of
the hexagon – shows that there is a big
gap between the megabrands of
California, Florida and the rest. Hawaii
and New York are in the second league
of brand power, and then there is
another sizeable gap between them and
the remaining 46 States.
45 of these are
clustered relatively closely in terms of
their brand strength, but there is another
big gap between the 49th brand,
Alabama, and the 50th, New Jersey.
For various reasons, NJ’s brand is
right out on a limb at the tail-end of
the index.

Overseas, the images are more likely to
be generic, and may have been mainly
formed by books, films or historical
events that can date back decades or
even centuries. Each country will also
tend to have its own unique views of
certain states, depending on that
country’s historical connections with
the state in question – hence the higher
awareness and ranking of the New
England states by British respondents,
the above-average scores amongst
German panelists for states with large
German populations like Oregon, and
the awareness of Louisiana amongst
French panelists. Mexican panelists rank
New Mexico, Illinois and Utah well
above the global average; the Canadian
panel – unsurprisingly – ranks Michigan,
Maine and Vermont above average
(further confirming the finding from the
Nation Brands Index that personal familiarity
with a place will almost always
increase its brand value); the Chinese
rank Alaska and Missouri above average,
and the Japanese give high rankings
to Kentucky, Alaska and Minnesota.

California is almost certainly the state
the world hears about most often, and
the one with the most distinctive and
powerful identity and culture. Certainly,
it’s the only one with a governor who’s
almost as world-famous as the president,
and has always had global ambitions
coupled with a remarkable gift for selfpromotion.

State Rank
California 1
Florida 2
Hawaii 3
New York 4
Washington 5
North Carolina 6
Virginia 7
Kentucky 8
Colorado 9
Texas 10
Oregon 11
New Mexico 12
Tennessee 13
Vermont 14
Missouri 15
Alaska 16
South Carolina 17
Montana 18
Nevada 19
Ohio 20
Maine 21
Arizona 22
Maryland 23
Utah 24
Wyoming 25
Connecticut 26
West Virginia 27
Oklahoma 28
Massachusetts 29
New Hampshire 30
Idaho 31
Pennsylvania 32
Georgia 33
Minnesota 34
Rhode Island 35
Kansas 36
Wisconsin 37
Iowa 38
South Dakota 39
Illinois 40
Louisiana 41
Indiana 42
Nebraska 43
Mississippi 44
North Dakota 45
Arkansas 46
Delaware 47
Michigan 48
Alabama 49
New Jersey 50
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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Many people over seas dont even know New York is a state. California is number one than Florida than maybe New York but probably Texas. When people say New York they think NYC not the state. What else is famous in the state besides for NYC and Niagra Falls? Nothing. California is known all throughout Latin America and you have LA, San Diego, San Francisco. Florida is famous for its beaches and Miami and Orlando are two very popular international vacation spots.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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California of course.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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How are states like Kentucky, Montana, Wyoming, Missouri and West Virginia more well known internationally than Massachusetts?
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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I think California has the largest population of illegal immigrants as well as legal immigrants. I'd imagine that just with the high illegal immigrant population that would mean they are the most exposed with the international community. They also have very large populations of Asians, Central and South American, and African immigrants too.
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:22 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Default Variety vs monoculture

Which state is thought of most in the international community?

How do you define that? Do we exclude Mexico and Canada and just consider EU and Asian visitors?

NY, NJ, DC, CA.
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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How are states like Kentucky, Montana, Wyoming, Missouri and West Virginia more well known internationally than Massachusetts?
"And the lights all went down in Massachusetts"

The Bee Gees
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:27 PM
 
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I think California has the largest population of illegal immigrants as well as legal immigrants. I'd imagine that just with the high illegal immigrant population that would mean they are the most exposed with the international community. They also have very large populations of Asians, Central and South American, and African immigrants too.
That last sentence could be said about NY. California has more Asians, but I would think it would be close to even in terms of Central and South Americans(Mexicans is another story), with NY having more African immigrants.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:40 PM
 
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Many people over seas dont even know New York is a state. California is number one than Florida than maybe New York but probably Texas. When people say New York they think NYC not the state. What else is famous in the state besides for NYC and Niagra Falls? Nothing. California is known all throughout Latin America and you have LA, San Diego, San Francisco. Florida is famous for its beaches and Miami and Orlando are two very popular international vacation spots.
Actually, I think it depends in terms of Latin America. For NY, it is big amongst Latin Americans in the Caribbean and maybe more Columbians. For California, it's Mexico mainly , with Central America and the rest of South America being pretty even. Some countries with a slight edge to one state and vice versa.

Buffalo gets quite a few Canadians, as does some other Upstate cities. Most come from Ontario, but quite a few come from Quebec and even the Maritime provinces too. Cities like Syracuse, Utica and Binghamton have noticable Vietnamese communities. Ithaca is around 17% Asian due mainly to Ivy League Cornell being there. Small cities like Dunkirk and Amsterdam are both about 20% Hispanic, mainly Puerto Ricans and there are some other towns and cities with good sized Hispanic communities in Upstate NY. Can't forget the strong Caribbean and African communities in NY too.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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I have a hard time believing that Texas is #10 in international recognition. I think it should be in the top 5. From my travels in Europe, there were very few people that hadn't heard of Texas. Its stereotypical cowboy culture is known around the world. In fact, of the British people I spoke to, many had heard of Lubbock. (It turns out they're big Buddy Holly fans.)
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