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Old 01-06-2010, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Like others have said, Michigan's data doesn't make much sense. The only major Michigan cities that were included are Detroit and Grand Rapids. If we're only including MAJOR cities, then the southwestern part of Michigan from a line below Kalamazoo and South Haven identifies with Chicago. Grand Rapids covers the central and west central areas of the state. The U.P. probably identifies more with Green Bay. Detroit's influence is confined to the southeast part of the state. Extreme southwest Michigan (the southern half of Berrien County and all of Cass County) is part of the South Bend metro, and identifies far more with Indianapolis and Chicago than Detroit. From Niles, Indianapolis is closer than Detroit, and Chicago is 90 miles away. Detroit isn't even on the radar here. I'm the only Lions fan I know of around here, most are Colts or Bears fans.
I don't think that Michigan's map is inaccurate at all. I'm from the Lansing area, and while there is a local identity and definite cultural differences from the Detroit area, it would still be the major city that most people identify with. If you want to fly somewhere, you drive to Detroit Metro. People root for Detroit-area sports teams. It's different in west and southwest Michigan, but note that this trend is reflected in the maps. A lot of the northern part of the state is heavily influenced by vacationers, which are weighted towards the Detroit area. So it makes sense to me.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I diagree with the map because according to it Miami has the most influence on Southwest Florida. In my opinon the Fort Myers-Naples area is more closely linked to Tampa-Sarasota areas.
Having relatives in the Naples area, I would have to say that Miami is definitely more of an influence. It's a larger city, more cosmopolitan, and it's closer to Naples than Tampa.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I'm actually a bit surprised that Savannah is higher up on the list than Charleston, S.C.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Having relatives in the Naples area, I would have to say that Miami is definitely more of an influence. It's a larger city, more cosmopolitan, and it's closer to Naples than Tampa.
I agree. Especially Naples, it's only about 2 hours from the South Florida Metro.
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:53 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I agree. Especially Naples, it's only about 2 hours from the South Florida Metro.
Right.

Naples>Miami: 2 hours
Naples>Tampa: 3 hours
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I don't think that Michigan's map is inaccurate at all. I'm from the Lansing area, and while there is a local identity and definite cultural differences from the Detroit area, it would still be the major city that most people identify with. If you want to fly somewhere, you drive to Detroit Metro. People root for Detroit-area sports teams. It's different in west and southwest Michigan, but note that this trend is reflected in the maps. A lot of the northern part of the state is heavily influenced by vacationers, which are weighted towards the Detroit area. So it makes sense to me.
Not even close. Go to the UP and tell me Detroit is the largest influence up there. Shoot go to Gaylord or Grayling and tell me Detroit has the most influence. Can't be done, because it isn't. Lansing area you are right, North of you just a bit and you are wrong. I graduated from the Soo, I have lived all over Northern Michigan and can tell you from experience that Detroit loses most of it's influence and respectability once you get a little ways away from it.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:05 AM
 
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Why would Iowa City be an available choice of major city and not Davenport or Moline?

Why would Alliance, NE be an available choice, and not, say, Marquette MI?
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:47 AM
 
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This is going to drive the Charlotte peeps crazy. Raleigh's BEA is larger than theirs. The sky is surely going to fall.
You know, I looked at this data, walked outside, and for some reason I thought it was strange that the sky appeared to be shorter today. Interesting.
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