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Old 06-29-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Western PA is similar to Ohio
No it's not. Unless you are talking about the northwest part near Erie, then maybe a little bit.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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More like Kentucky or Alabama
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: PA/FL/UT
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Everyone knows Western PA is more like West Virginia. I kid.
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:22 PM
 
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I think people will answer that based on the part of the Commonwealth in which they live. Here in the East we live closer to and vacation in Maryland specifically Ocean City or on the Delaware beaches. So we Easterners would probably say Maryland. If you go out towards Pittsburgh you are getting closer culturally and geographically to Ohio and West Virginia and they'd probably say Ohio.
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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This is an old post. And no longer relevant. I have been all over the state. And Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania. We have a far more enriching history and legacy than either MD or OH, and the feel of the state is quite consistent. Historic small towns, with windey and hilly country roads connecting them. No matter where you are in Pennsylvania. You can usually tell, this is Pennsylvania. One reason why I love PA. We are not generic.

Even Southeast PA, feels NOTHING like NJ. As soon as you cross the bridge into Jersey. You know you are no longer in Pennsylvania. The built environment is so much different in NJ, and IMHO ugly.

So Pennsylvania is. Pennsylvania!
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I would say Erie (and by extension NWPA) has more in common with NE Ohio, Western NY and SE Michigan than it does with the rest of PA.
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:03 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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This is an old post. And no longer relevant. I have been all over the state. And Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania. We have a far more enriching history and legacy than either MD or OH, and the feel of the state is quite consistent. Historic small towns, with windey and hilly country roads connecting them. No matter where you are in Pennsylvania. You can usually tell, this is Pennsylvania. One reason why I love PA. We are not generic.

Even Southeast PA, feels NOTHING like NJ. As soon as you cross the bridge into Jersey. You know you are no longer in Pennsylvania. The built environment is so much different in NJ, and IMHO ugly.

So Pennsylvania is. Pennsylvania!
By the time you hit South Jersey, you’re well into the Atlantic Coastal Plain, which is very flat. Because so much more of South Jersey was farmland going into the postwar era, you also see conspicuously autocentric infrastructure much closer to the city. I really like Collingswood and the Haddons, though. Cooper River Lake is a great running trail, too.

I do see what you mean, however. While I’ll certainly have a lot more in common with someone from Cherry Hill than Coraopolis, there are a lot of shared experiences we have, as Pennsylvanians, that don’t cross state lines even within the same metropolitan area.
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Old 11-17-2017, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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This is an old post. And no longer relevant. I have been all over the state. And Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania. We have a far more enriching history and legacy than either MD or OH, and the feel of the state is quite consistent. Historic small towns, with windey and hilly country roads connecting them. No matter where you are in Pennsylvania. You can usually tell, this is Pennsylvania. One reason why I love PA. We are not generic.

Even Southeast PA, feels NOTHING like NJ. As soon as you cross the bridge into Jersey. You know you are no longer in Pennsylvania. The built environment is so much different in NJ, and IMHO ugly.

So Pennsylvania is. Pennsylvania!
I like New Jersey. My parents took me to the shore when I was a kid. Washington slept there. I like the NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap more than the PA side. If you live in Philly, you can drive over to Cherry Hill to The Liquor Warehouse. Beer, wine, and hard all under the same roof. PA can't seem to accomplish that.

Having been raised in NEPA, I'd say that we are more like Ohio than Maryland.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I like New Jersey. My parents took me to the shore when I was a kid. Washington slept there. I like the NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap more than the PA side. If you live in Philly, you can drive over to Cherry Hill to The Liquor Warehouse. Beer, wine, and hard all under the same roof. PA can't seem to accomplish that.

Having been raised in NEPA, I'd say that we are more like Ohio than Maryland.

The jersey shore is fine, I like it. But when you compare the suburbs of Philadelphia. PA is far nicer. No comparison. NJ isn't a bad place. But PA definitely has more of a legacy, more substantial cities and definitely more character and far far more history. Also the built environment of NJ is just. Blah and ugly.
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Well, if I had to pick a state that Pennsylvania "resembles," I'd pick Maryland over any of the other states that border it, though I think the poster in the original discussion who put New York State at the top has a very good point.

I also am fond of mapping this state onto my native Missouri, as the two states have several similarities, most of them on the surface. You can probably think of a few without my prompting if you know about Missouri at all.

And I'm not as down on poor New Jersey as it seems rowhomecity is; I actually find that state rather fascinating, precisely because it is caught between two large cities that lie outside its borders yet dominate the state. (Ben Franklin even remarked on this when he called New Jersey "a keg tapped at both ends.") But like that poster, ultimately, I agree that Pennsylvania is like no place else in this country.
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