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Old 04-17-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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1. Upper Midwest - near Canada/Great Lakes, has Canadian and Nordic cultural influence. More liberal and urban.

2. Midland - the heart of the Midwest. Very flat, lots of corn and soybeans, neutral accent.

3. Lower Midwest - more hills and trees, Southern drawl in some areas, more conservative.
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Perfect! You totally nailed the Midwest, especially the boundary between the Upper Midwest and the Midland. Much of your "Lower Midwest" could also be considered the Upper South, but it still fits.

Only change would be I wouldn't include eastern Colorado - it's a Western state.
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Only change would be I wouldn't include eastern Colorado - it's a Western state.
Colorado is a Western state, BUT the parts of Colorado included in this map are quite Midwestern in their feeling... Very plains-y and farm-y.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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[grabs popcorn]
This should be interesting.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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It's so true that the Midwest needs to be broken down into sub-regions.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:48 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yes, Colorado is a western state. The whole state. For one thing, western Colorado is closer to Denver than the nearest big cities in the midwest, Omaha and Kansas City.

I disagree with the northern midwest category. Not that it doesn't exist, but northern Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and all of Michigan are probably their own cateagory eintirely. They are not particularly Nordic or Canadian, IMO. Michigan may be a little Canadian, but certainly not the other three, which are separated from Canada by a great lake (Ohio) and other states (Ind. and Ill.) Michigan has a large Dutch influence. Also disagree that the western Dakotas and western Nebraska are NOT the midwest, espeically as you include western Colorado in the midwest.

Also, many people in Kansas have drawly accents.

W. Virginia is mid-Atlantic. All of it. You can't take out a few counties.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Good map.

One quibble: considering we're below the Mason-Dixon and our Southern culture, the Okies I know consider ourselves more Southern than "Midwestern." Culturally Oklahoma is much more akin to North Texas/East Texas and Arkansas than say Kansas/Nebraska/Missouri....just FYI.

The Census does a pretty good job of placing us in a subregion of the South known as the West South Central: File:Census Regions and Divisions.PNG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It's a watered-down version of the Deep South if that provides some clarification.

Probably a better argument would be if Oklahoma is more "Western" (as in Ranch & Rural...not Californian, LOL) vs. "Southern."

Otherwise, a very good map.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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1. Upper Midwest - near Canada/Great Lakes, has Canadian and Nordic cultural influence. More liberal and urban.

2. Midland - the heart of the Midwest. Very flat, lots of corn and soybeans, neutral accent.

3. Lower Midwest - more hills and trees, Southern drawl in some areas, more conservative.
I agree with bass and catfish but it looks good!
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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Good map.

One quibble: considering we're below the Mason-Dixon and our Southern culture, the Okies I know consider ourselves more Southern than "Midwestern." Culturally Oklahoma is much more akin to North Texas/East Texas and Arkansas than say Kansas/Nebraska/Missouri....just FYI.

The Census does a pretty good job of placing us in a subregion of the South known as the West South Central: File:Census Regions and Divisions.PNG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It's a watered-down version of the Deep South if that provides some clarification.

Otherwise, a very good map.
I agree, my friend. Great map for sure! But I would quibble just a bit with bringing the "Midwest" so far south into Oklahoma. At most, I would say (not that it matters! LOL) it would stop somewhere in the Kansas border area counties...
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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way too big. I would think Omaha is a western boundary for the Midwest. (Unless we decide Plains isn't a region.
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