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View Poll Results: What area of the country do you identify NE as
Midwest 50 59.52%
Rocky Mtn West 1 1.19%
Your own region "The Plaines" 33 39.29%
Voters: 84. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-26-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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"Midwest" is a term from revolution-era US. Back when Iowa was "the west," Ohio, Michigan, etc were midway...ie, "midwest."
I agree. The term is antiquated and no longer accurate by a long shot.
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:31 PM
 
Location: IN
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I agree. The term is antiquated and no longer accurate by a long shot.
A large chunk of Nebraska is part of the West, not the Midwest. The dividing line is close to 100 degrees west longitude. Large farm and ranch sizes become the norm, crop land is far less, precipitation is less, and population density is much lower, and quite similar to very rural areas of the interior West.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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A large chunk of Nebraska is part of the West, not the Midwest. The dividing line is close to 100 degrees west longitude. Large farm and ranch sizes become the norm, crop land is far less, precipitation is less, and population density is much lower, and quite similar to very rural areas of the interior West.
Yeah, western Nebraska is definitely different "culturally" than eastern Nebraska. The west has more of a Wyoming "cowboy" feel to it, while the east is more like Iowa. Thus, pretty much everyone here in eastern Nebraska considers this to be the Midwest.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:30 AM
 
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I consider Nebraska to be part of a Plains region.

This region is distinctively different than the midwest. Both the cities as well as the rural parts. Plains cities like Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines, OKC etc are quite a bit different than say Cleveland, Detroit, Columbus (less different), Milwaukee..

The terrain in these states are different too.. Especially in the central and western portions of the GP areas.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I consider Nebraska to be the North Central area tied together with North and South Dakota. In fact Nebraska territory (pre state hood) was the Dakotas, some of Wyoming, and some of Montana. Nebraska is diffidently not the Midwest. I live in Eastern Nebraska but I know that when I think Nebraska I think all of Nebraska which includes central and western Nebraska. Omaha and Lincoln have a very different culture then the rest of Nebraska.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:41 PM
 
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Sorry missed the disclaimer. When I moved there I thought of it as me moving to the Plains. I found locals liked to say Midwest this and Midwest that though, but I find Midwest to be a pretty useless term in general. I mean if you can find people in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Nebraska all claim to be in the same region isn't that region such a catch all as to be nonexistent.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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I am originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, just moved away a few years ago so I thought I could still chime in. Nebraska is definitely Midwest- many people are making some distinction between great plains and midwest- but officially those two are one in the same- the great plains are a part of the midwest- a subregion of the Midwest. And if you look at what local TV and local businesses in the area (at least in places like Omaha and Lincoln) refer to themselves, it is completely Midwest. ("the largest ___ retailer in the Midwest", "The Midwest's leader in___", etc.)
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:29 PM
 
Location: IN
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I am originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, just moved away a few years ago so I thought I could still chime in. Nebraska is definitely Midwest- many people are making some distinction between great plains and midwest- but officially those two are one in the same- the great plains are a part of the midwest- a subregion of the Midwest. And if you look at what local TV and local businesses in the area (at least in places like Omaha and Lincoln) refer to themselves, it is completely Midwest. ("the largest ___ retailer in the Midwest", "The Midwest's leader in___", etc.)
The default for "advertising" is Midwest, but areas west of highway 183 in Nebraska have far more in common with the western US overall compared to the Midwest. This is the shorter grass prairie region of Nebraska where cattle ranches dominate the landscape, the Sand Hills are a significant geographical feature in the region, population density is far lower (most counties at frontier level densities), not very economically diverse at all, and leaning semi-arid in precipitation patterns. All of these features are just not found in the Midwest.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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You are correct. It is more "midwest" than Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Indiana.

To even say the state of Pennsylvania is a "" little "" Midwest "" be be like saying Buffalo NY and the Jersey shore are also Midwest.

I live in the Lehigh Valley of eastern PA and two of my neighbors commute to Manhattan daily for work.
There's nothing Midwest about Pennsylvania.

I grew up from age 12 in Sterling, Co which is 30 miles south of Sidney Ne. Sidney looks, smells and is far different geographically than say Nebraska City, Omaha or Lincoln.

Western Kansas, Eastern Colorado, Western NE and Southeastern WY should be considered the Great Plains when referencing geographic areas of the United States.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Great Plains, the Heartland, the Midwest...
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