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Old 02-25-2019, 01:56 PM
Location: The analog world
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I grew up in a suburb of Dayton and am a sixth generation Ohioan/fifth generation Daytonian. Culturally, I have always considered myself to be a Midwesterner, but if we are to define Ohioans as either northern or southern, my reflexive answer is northern. That belief stems from Ohio’s position during the Civil War. When my gg-grandfather was mustered into the OVI, he pledged to defend the Union, not the Confederacy, and if a runaway slave was able to plant his feet on the northern shore of the Ohio River, he was free. To me, that means Ohio is unequivocally the north.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:10 AM
Location: Norfolk, VA
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No. It is part of the transition into the South. You will find some things sort of "South like"; Cincinnati and Dayton are completely different than say, Akron and Cleveland. You will find things more conservative than you do in the North. But I currently live in the South. I'm in Virginia. Hampton Roads. Ohio is not the South; no parts of it. Growing up in Northeastern Ohio and having lived in Southwestern Ohio for over 10 years there are definite differences between that part of Ohio and Virginia.

Does the culture change, the further South in Ohio you go. Definitely. Does that mean that Southern Ohio is the South. No.

Having lived in West Virginia I know what you're talking about but it is not the same thing. What you're referring to may have more in common with Appalachian culture, which is it's own thing (neither Midwestern, Northern or Southern).

Do not put Ohio into the South. I know there is some crossover and bleed over, and even some sentiments. But no.

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