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Old 11-13-2009, 12:49 PM
Location: Florida
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Florida is the most polarized, in several different ways.

1. The North/South split around Orlando, with N Florida being Southern and S Florida being Latin/Yankee.

2. The political split. Florida is usually one of the closest swing states. South Florida is solid blue, Orlando leans blue, N Florida and SW Florida are solid red and the Tampa area decides the elections.

3. The economic split. Very wealthy, very expensive upper class enclaves in Palm Beach, Star Island, Sanibel/Captiva, Windermere, Jupiter Island.... and some of the poorest and run down towns such as Immokalee, Belle Glade, Nocatee as well as crime ridden enclaves such as Liberty City and Opa Locka. A lot of rich retirees and a lot of poor natives and immigrants, and not as much of a middle class as can be found elsewhere.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:21 AM
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Philadelphia has far more in common with New Jersey than the rest of the state. City residents think of anything north/west of the city as the "the sticks" and think of Pittsburgh as "way out there" in the Midwest. City residents largely resent having to see state tax dollars returned at a mere fraction because most areas of PA lack in commerce.

The middle of the state (between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia) has contempt for both large cities, even though business revenue from both keeps them afloat. They resent spending of tax dollars for infrastructure in PHL and PIT.

Pittsburgh has more in common with West Virginia/Ohio than the rest of the state. It is solidly Midwest in terms of residents' values, etc. Pittsburgh resents that Philadelphia is a higher tier city and often points to comparisons (see, we do have "fill in the blank" too). Much like the little brother standing on his tippy-toes next to his bigger brother.
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:32 AM
Location: alive in the superunknown
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Ditto on everything said so far. Just more perspective on my own state of VA. Yes the state is completely polarized between NOVA and the rest of the state. Many who don't live here don't realize how much influence DC holds over the state though even beyond NOVA. I mean, I live in the Shenandoah Valley 2.5 hours away and I get the local DC stations on my cable line up. We don't even get Richmond stations anymore. Charlottesville is the same. Richmond, contrary to popular belief and history is NOT 100% southern. Anyone claiming that is an uninformed person. Richmond does pretty good with being a representative of the state as a whole with the city being strongly democratic and a couple suburban counties leaning Dem, with the rest of the area leaning Republican. Hampton Roads is similar, but politically is between NOVA and Richmond. The only tobacco areas are the extreme southern counties bordering NC. It may at one time have been a big producer but those days are gone. General agriculture is the big industry in the country areas statewide and technology, education and business are big in the urban areas. Anyone saying that the rest of VA is "backwards" and "uneducated" are the biggest hypocrites and highly uneducated themselves. The same goes for all these other ploarized states such as NY and PA and IL. What all this boils down to is what are you, a city person or a country person? It's not north south east or west. I see a caste system developing amongst those with college educations and higher paying jobs than those who don't. And the more polarized the country gets the weaker overall it gets. Remember, before many once great and powerful civilations fell, they were at their most divided politically and economically. Food for thought.
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:41 AM
Location: Coastal Northeast
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The extremely wealthy suburbs in CT vs the cities. Also very white vs black, respectively.

There is a lot of resentment in eastern CT and the rest of New England toward the CT suburbs in the NYC metro area.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:46 PM
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A case could be made for Ohio, but we're so chopped up and spread out in terms of population and trends that it would be hard to accurately pinpoint the exact cultural or economic polarization.

Many good examples here, but one of the best in my opinion is Indiana. Northern Indiana, with its rust-belt cities and vast farmland, is far different from southern Indiana with an Appalacia/southern feel and rolling hills.
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