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Old 12-04-2012, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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"An isolated urban cesspool."

Gee, thanks.
I'm from KCK. My family lives there. I know it very well.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:44 PM
 
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Isn't greater KC area not like traditional Kansas? The obvious answer is yes of course it is different. NYC is very different from upstate NY state. Chicago is different than downstate Illinois. Same is true of Kansas and JOCO/KCK area. When I went to KU from a small town I met a lot of people from JOCO. If you went to school in a small town, you of course went to a small school where everyone knew each other. School in a large metro area is a quite different atmosphere and where kids graduate from schools that sometimes have thousands of students. Not quite typical Kansas. I knew my JOCO friends at college had quite a different upbringing from mine, so in that sense, it isn't traditional Kansas, which is very rural.
Years ago, some guy wrote a noted, or notorious book, depending on your point of view, called "What's the Matter with Kansas?" He was suppose to have some great insight about the state because he was from Kansas. Welllllllll, yeah, he grew up in Prairie Village. Nothing against Prairie Village, it is a nice, make that very nice older suburb, but growing up there gives you about as much insight into traditonal Kansas as growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:59 PM
 
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Isn't greater KC area not like traditional Kansas? The obvious answer is yes of course it is different. NYC is very different from upstate NY state. Chicago is different than downstate Illinois. Same is true of Kansas and JOCO/KCK area. When I went to KU from a small town I met a lot of people from JOCO. If you went to school in a small town, you of course went to a small school where everyone knew each other. School in a large metro area is a quite different atmosphere and where kids graduate from schools that sometimes have thousands of students. Not quite typical Kansas. I knew my JOCO friends at college had quite a different upbringing from mine, so in that sense, it isn't traditional Kansas, which is very rural.
Years ago, some guy wrote a noted, or notorious book, depending on your point of view, called "What's the Matter with Kansas?" He was suppose to have some great insight about the state because he was from Kansas. Welllllllll, yeah, he grew up in Prairie Village. Nothing against Prairie Village, it is a nice, make that very nice older suburb, but growing up there gives you about as much insight into traditonal Kansas as growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut.
You make good points. However, the fact of the matter is Kansas does not have a greater percentage of its population living in rural counties compared to the national average. The percentage of the population that resides in metropolitan or micropolitan counties (McPherson, Hays) being examples is around 87-90%. That means only 10% or a bit more resides in the rural counties. So, a random sampling of Kansans would reveal that most are from metropolitan or micropolitan areas- similar to most states. The state with the highest percentage of rural dwellers of all 50 states is Montana.
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