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View Poll Results: Most Unique U.S. State?
New York 5 9.62%
California 12 23.08%
New Mexico 16 30.77%
Florida 6 11.54%
Louisiana 17 32.69%
Maine 2 3.85%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 52. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-02-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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Were Hawaii an option, it'd likely be ahead of everywhere else. It has its own native language with nearly thousand years of history and independent development along with an indigenous culture to go along with it as well as a fairly recent history of being its own country. Added to that is a climate with native flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth due to its fairly extreme isolation. On top of that you have a rich latter day mixing of cultures with the native Hawaiians, Filipinos, Japanese, Portuguese, Puerto Ricans, Chinese, and mainland US Americans creating an incredibly diverse culture with its own unique cuisine, culture, slang, and music.
Yes, I think Hawaii wins hands down for all the reasons you mentioned. Maybe that's why the OP didn't include it in the poll.

You forgot that it's our only island state, too. Rhode Isn't.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I've got to mention New Mexico. When we visited there, we were struck by the unique architecture, cuisine, art, the pueblos, and vistas. It seemed the most unified state we've visited as far as culture, though Louisiana is a close second.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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California
Alpha city and Beta city in the same state. Weather you don't get in the other states (in southern california) Variety of landscapes.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Louisiana for the culture for me. It seems to be Very different to most other states
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I've been to many states in the U.S. And no place felt particularly "foreign" to me, like going to another country does. There's ethnic diversity, but that can be found in many different U.S. cities. So there's nothing that unique or surprising about it.

If you want to see a totally different culture and way of life in the U.S., then the closest thing would probably be some of the native American reservations out in the west. They still use U.S. currency and speak English though.

I haven't been to Hawaii though, so I'll have to wait to compare that.

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Old 01-03-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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I've got to mention New Mexico. When we visited there, we were struck by the unique architecture, cuisine, art, the pueblos, and vistas. It seemed the most unified state we've visited as far as culture, though Louisiana is a close second.

I totally agree, they even have to put NewMexico, USA on their license
Sometimes call center employees think their calling from mexico
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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I would say Hawaii if I were too lazy to read the poll like most of the people commenting on this thread.

That is why I voted New Mexico which I know from extensive personal experience. Louisiana second. If you were to single out NYC against the other options, I would have put it first since moving from there to New Mexico felt like moving to milquetoast, middle-America by comparison.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I would say Hawaii if I were too lazy to read the poll like most of the people commenting on this thread.

That is why I voted New Mexico which I know from extensive personal experience. Louisiana second. If you were to single out NYC against the other options, I would have put it first since moving from there to New Mexico felt like moving to milquetoast, middle-America by comparison.
Eh, there were multiple comments on questioning Hawaii's exclusion and the original post points at no particular reason for it to be excluded save for it slipping his mind a bit.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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Alaska is my thought, I went there years back, I like remote area's, its the most beautiful place I've seen, I'm sorry that I never drove up to the town referred to as the North Pole, I cannot think of the name of that town.

I remember riding a boat to a place up there and a small plane back, you could not get there by car. There were so many bald eagles there, in trees and walking around a river eating fish, there had to be over 40 bald eagles, a sight to behold.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:40 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Yeah, I'm kind of interested in hearing the answer to this one, too.

If Massachusetts is different, then hell, so is New Jersey.
Massachusetts with its liberalism and lack of religiosity is uniquely left of the American mainstream. They were the first state to legalize gay marriage and how have a statewide health insurance system which no other state would have done, in many many Southern and heartland states are filing lawsuits against Obamacare. Massachusetts is also very open to taxes more so than even New Jersey or new York. The New England Liberal certainly is very far from mainstream America.
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