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View Poll Results: The US and Canada are more like ...
Europe 25 92.59%
Latin America 2 7.41%
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:21 AM
 
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I think Latin America is more similar to the US and Canada than people give it credit for. It's multicultural, it was the first place outside North America that fast food became popular, it modernized surprisingly early at least in the cities, and its built form is quite similar to North America in certain ways.

Yet North America is probably more like the UK and Ireland (and Australia/NZ) than like Latin America.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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USA is more like Latin America. Especially the western half.

Canada seems European though.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Paris, Île-de-France, France
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Of course they are much similar to European countries, but exclude the sunbelt states and west of the rockies.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Neither.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: The land where God created :)
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Neither to be honest. However, culturally southern half of the country more like Latin America while northern half more like Europe.

Canada is more like Europe its system but again it is still North American in terms of feel and look.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Pine Ridge, Florida
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The United States and Canada have always been more like Europe than Latin America. Both countries were once British colonies, and Canada has never completely severed its ties with Britain, since it is a Commonwealth country and a constitutional monarchy with the British Queen as head of state. Until the late 20th Century, immigration to the United States has primarily been from Europe, and American beliefs and mores has generally been European. Lately there has been a large influx of immigrants from Latin American, and some regions such a Florida, Texas and the Southwest have taken on a Latin feel. Texas and the Southwest, having once been part of Mexico and, with Florida, were part of the old Spanish Empire, have never forgotten its Latin heritage and that heritage has helped shaped their identity. You have to go to South Texas, New Mexico, parts of Arizona, or certain enclaves in Florida such as Miami's Little Havana to be in a place that has a predominantly Latin American feel.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The United and Canada are much more similar to Europe in terms of standard of living, wealth and western cultural values.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:37 PM
 
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Of course they are much similar to European countries, but exclude the sunbelt states and west of the rockies.
I don't think the Pacific Northwest has much in common with Latin America either, aside from certain cities like Yakima.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Neither. Each continent seems like their own 'world' altogether.

There are links with UK and US/ Canada, & Latin American influences in parts of the US...but are very different in every aspect that you can't even compare.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Buena Park, Orange County, California
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Frankly, as a North American, I would have much more in common with the average middle class Canadian than I ever would a middle class Latin American or European. I would argue that the middle class South American probably has more a European cultural inclination than does the middle class American. The middle class Mexican is more North American oriented in tastes and values.

As a Californian, I am probably more politically/culturally in-tuned with the average Northern European (Swede/German) than most other Americans except for those in the Northeast (New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine).

Overall, North America is really too broad/big of a place to say it leans one way or the other. There is a lot of regionalism at place in the states, with California, Louisiana and Maine seeming worlds apart from each other. Also, Latin America itself is a place in transition with the term 'Latin American' meaning little outside a share colonial past. So what exactly is inferred when someone says more "Latin American", does it mean more Chilean, more Mexican or more Argentinean? They all see themselves in very different lights and cultural lenses.
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