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Old 03-27-2015, 01:49 PM
 
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Roanoke, VA
Raleigh, NC
Georgetown, SC
Beaufort, SC
Greenville, SC
Huntsville, AL
Mobile, AL
Murfreesboro, TN
Jackson, MS
I know this post is older but I strongly disagree with the two in bold. I lived in Huntsville and while still mostly Southern so many people from other parts of the country have moved in for the defense/aerospace work that the Southern culture in its traditional sense is watered down. Now drive 30 minutes out of Huntsville in any direction and it's very Southern in feel. Same goes for Raleigh and the Research Triangle. It's fast growing and has many outsiders that have moved in, definitely not an old fashioned unchanged area.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:33 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Of "relatively large cities" Jackson, Mississippi seems to have the highest percentage "born in state." If you want bigger Birmingham, Alabama is apparently 82.7% "born in state."

//www.city-data.com/top2/h166.html

I seem to recall reading that Lafayette, Louisiana has kept a good deal of old Cajun culture alive. Although it's apparently touristy so might not have kept its old ways up that well. I think Savannah, mentioned above, might be a good choice too.
But Lafayette isn't traditional Southern culture though. In Louisiana the most traditional Southern culture is found in Monroe, followed by Shreveport. Parts of the Florida Parishes and the area just north of Baton Rouge has a Deep South feel, but the Cajun and Creole influence is still very pronounced. Also to be traditionally Southern you would have to have a population that is overwhelmingly evangelical Christian and while there are Bible Belt elements in South Louisiana it doesn't completely predominate.

Within Virginia, to the OP, Lynchburg and Danville feel particularly Southern as does the Virginia Eastern Shore.

For a truly large traditional Southern city, Memphis definitely counts since it doesn't have too many transplants go there too quickly. A city can still maintain its Southern culture with transplants if the transplants come at a slow enough rate where they are able to assimilate, vs when lots come at once they just overwhelm the area.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:34 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most quintessential Southern cities, yet also one of the most unique with its Lowcountry culture and cuisine.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:56 AM
 
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Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most quintessential Southern cities, yet also one of the most unique with its Lowcountry culture and cuisine.
And also one of the fastest-growing Southern cities.
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Old 06-03-2021, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Memphis, TN
Jackson, MS
Montgomery, AL
Macon, GA
Savannah, GA
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Old 06-03-2021, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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The ones that stick out:

Memphis
Jackson MS
Birmingham
Little Rock
Macon
Augusta GA
Shreveport
Winston-Salem
Columbia SC
Mobile AL

I've not been to Greenville SC enough to give an opinion on its southernness. Does it belong on the list? What about Richmond?

Raleigh does not belong on the list, to whoever mentioned it. If anything, Charlotte is arguably more southern than Raleigh (though admittedly not by much and neither actually belong on the list) despite being a bigger city.

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Old 06-03-2021, 12:11 PM
 
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The ones that stick out:

Memphis
Jackson MS
Birmingham
Little Rock
Macon
Augusta GA
Shreveport
Winston-Salem

I've not been to Greenville SC enough to give an opinion on its southernness. Does it belong on the list? What about Richmond?

Raleigh does not belong on the list, to whoever mentioned it. If anything, Charlotte is arguably more southern than Raleigh (though admittedly not by much and neither actually belong on the list) despite being a bigger city.
Greenville, SC is undeniably Southern and I suppose you could say somewhat old-fashioned, but it has experienced much change over the past couple of decades.
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Old 06-03-2021, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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I added Columbia SC and Mobile AL to my list.

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Greenville, SC is undeniably Southern and I suppose you could say somewhat old-fashioned, but it has experienced much change over the past couple of decades.
I figured as much, but have only been once to attend a show (The Lion King!) at the Peace Center. I was impressed with how quaint downtown was, but of course wasn't really able to get a flavor of the city in the ~hour or 2 we explored before the show. I should find a reason to visit it again.
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Old 06-03-2021, 01:32 PM
 
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I added Columbia SC and Mobile AL to my list.
Columbia is somewhere in the middle of the pack. I can see a case for Mobile though as it is steeped in history and hasn't experienced a huge population influx which tends to dilute a city's traditional Southern character.

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I figured as much, but have only been once to attend a show (The Lion King!) at the Peace Center. I was impressed with how quaint downtown was, but of course wasn't really able to get a flavor of the city in the ~hour or 2 we explored before the show. I should find a reason to visit it again.
It has evolved into a great weekend getaway destination and has bulked up its visitor offerings considerably. You'll enjoy yourself no doubt.

https://www.visitgreenvillesc.com/
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Old 06-04-2021, 03:28 PM
 
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I added Columbia SC and Mobile AL to my list.



I figured as much, but have only been once to attend a show (The Lion King!) at the Peace Center. I was impressed with how quaint downtown was, but of course wasn't really able to get a flavor of the city in the ~hour or 2 we explored before the show. I should find a reason to visit it again.
Greenville is still worth a visit and is attempting to develop more of a cosmopolitan flair, but old-fashioned sensibilities persist: https://www.postandcourier.com/green...64372400d.html

It's worth noting that the city supported the exhibition with the county objecting.
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