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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 08-12-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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I vote for New Mexico. One of my favorite states in the nation in terms of uniqueness and natural beauty but one of my least favorite states in terms of quality of life.

I lived in Albuquerque for almost a year and it was pretty much like living in a "foreign" country-it was extremely hard for me to get used to the local culture. Wages are very low and in some ways, it resembles a Latin American country.

New Mexicans call it "Land of Manana" because supposedly things get done a bit slower there. I moved there from Minnesota where I was used to a more Scandinavian-influenced culture and I had hard times adjusting to life in New Mexico.

I still travel to New Mexico almost on a yearly basis and the place still fascinates me, but I would not want to live there again.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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New Mexico, is truly the land of enchantment. The most unique U.S state.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Castlederp
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New Mexico seems different
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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This is one of my favorite places in New Mexico-El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, NM.

As you can see the church is decorated with "luminarias" which are Christmas lanterns- it is a New Mexican tradition and I have never seen "luminarias" in any other state.
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:32 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Yes, I agree, New Mexico. Until the mid-1960's, when celebrities from California and hippies discovered the place, locals still lived outside the cash economy, on the barter system. Donkey carts were still seen in downtown Santa Fe, the capital. There are still houses in town with dirt floors or with only fireplaces in the rooms for heat. And families still own the land of their original Spanish or Mexican land grants, something that ceased to exist in California and Arizona long ago. The old irrigation systems from hundreds of years ago are still maintained and used in the rural areas. There are still aspects of life that hark back to old Mexico.
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