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Old 11-12-2015, 07:59 PM
 
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Is Virginia different from the rest of the south?

 
Old 11-13-2015, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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It depends on what part of the state you're in. Virginia is one of those states where you could be in one part of the same state, yet feel like you're in another world. The urban centers have seen a large influx of northern transplants, so they obviously don't hold on to traditional southern roots. Times have certainly changed since the Civil War. Northern VA is one of the wealthiest and most diverse areas of the country. It is northern in speech, northern in attitude and politics, etc. Richmond is very cosmopolitan and progressive at the same time. The city has preserved its history, while moving forward as a modern city. The metro has attracted people from all over because of the lower cost of living and increasing job opportunities. Norfolk-VA Beach has a high transient population influenced by the naval bases located there.

On the other side of the coin, southwestern VA maintains conservative politics and shares more in common with Appalachia, rather than distinctly southern. This is where you'll hear the mountain twang, fairly common in western NC, western VA, and WV. Rural southern Virginia is about the most southern you'll get in the state.

You could say Virginia is in the same boat as Florida.
 
Old 11-13-2015, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Is Virginia different from the rest of the south?
Would be nice if you could clarify what exactly you are asking.
 
Old 11-15-2015, 08:41 AM
 
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There are many similarities between VA and NC, along with some historical similarities between VA and SC. However, VA does feel a bit different. If you're from areas further south, VA might feel a tiny bit "northern" to you. I'm from Raleigh and this is always the case whenever I'm around Richmond or DC. At the end of the day, it's still southern, but it also sits on the fence between the South and Mid-Atlantic. Like NC or SC, there are also similarities with MD and PA. Another thing, VA cities tend to be much more historic than most southern cities with the exception of a few (Charleston, Savannah, Wilmington (NC), New Orleans, etc). This is another unique aspect.
 
Old 11-21-2015, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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It depends on what part of the state you're in. Virginia is one of those states where you could be in one part of the same state, yet feel like you're in another world. The urban centers have seen a large influx of northern transplants, so they obviously don't hold on to traditional southern roots. Times have certainly changed since the Civil War. Northern VA is one of the wealthiest and most diverse areas of the country. It is northern in speech, northern in attitude and politics, etc. Richmond is very cosmopolitan and progressive at the same time. The city has preserved its history, while moving forward as a modern city. The metro has attracted people from all over because of the lower cost of living and increasing job opportunities. Norfolk-VA Beach has a high transient population influenced by the naval bases located there.

On the other side of the coin, southwestern VA maintains conservative politics and shares more in common with Appalachia, rather than distinctly southern. This is where you'll hear the mountain twang, fairly common in western NC, western VA, and WV. Rural southern Virginia is about the most southern you'll get in the state.

You could say Virginia is in the same boat as Florida.
This is an excellent answer. I agree, there are also some pretty southern parts of Norfolk-Va beach with the locals that have lived there and grown up there for generations. I remember it to be very southern in parts of Norfolk, and especially Chesapeake, Va.
 
Old 11-21-2015, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Thornrose
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In my opinion yes. I've never said va is northeastern, but definitely mid atlantic. As stated, it all depends on where you are. It is more urban in the eastern part from Norfolk\Va Beach up to Richmond then up to DC. Very rural to the west, but still similar in some respects to rural Maryland or rural Pennsylvania. You're not in the real south until you've crossed the James River into 'southside' Virginia. There's like 5 or 6 distinct culture zones in Virginia all trying to claim the title of being the only Virginia culture there is, and that's just not the case. Having DC next door definitely makes va unique from other traditionally southern states since it influences a huge swath of the state even if people are in denial over it. For example, I'm from Staunton and now live outside of Charlottesville and I always feel the presence of DC.
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