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Nickel
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Date Posted:08/25/2018 2:49 AMCopy HTML


I can’t think of one city that is typically American.

They are all so different.  

Our strength comes from the common ground of our differences, but if you want to recommend one city to a foreign traveler interested in an American experience which one is the most typically American.

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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/25/2018 10:14 AMCopy HTML

Well, if you can't think of one that is 'typically' American then doesn't that make every city 'typically' American?


I've hosted guests from abroad and a few of their observations are;


All the towns and cities are spread out.  (It's hard to get about if you don't have a car)

English is everyplace, no matter how far you travel.

Every town has the same places.  (Here they're referring to franchises and business chains)

People are really outgoing and nice.


Maybe pick a town or city you like and show them why you like it?

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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/25/2018 6:30 PMCopy HTML

So, you can’t think of one either...... New York is famous, but is it typical as you look at San Francisco, another famous port of call? Seattle has a great song going for it, but is it typical as you consider Savanna? Is Orlando typical if you ponder San Diego? My favorite is Washington, DC but it’s also the bragging Capital of war monuments. So take the middle New Orleans, Memphis, St Louis, Chicago? They’re all more like city states than typically American. That’s not a bad thing in a free country where an African Village can be in South Carolina, Mormons in Utah, and those frozen in time still using horse drawn wagons and making great furniture. I am forced to say there’s nothing typical about any given American city, but taken as a whole, east and west and everything in between, you might understand Americans better. Freedom works. It’s not free, but it’s worth fighting for in our opinion.
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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/26/2018 4:25 PMCopy HTML

Maybe not the best example, but I'd say any of a number of places like Knoxville, TN. It has a fairly diverse population; a lot of different churches are represented; it's festivals are quite broad and it seems almost always in or about to celebrate one; part of the city is across the Tennessee river to the South, making it reflective of how we almost always have "the wrong side of the tracks" kinds of physical barriers; it's got enclave, parts of city that once were separate communities that modern developement has incorporated them into a general whole-like but yet emotionally distict communities....lots of aspects that seem to reflect the "set of all things" that might be typical to the broader exerience of being American.

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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/26/2018 10:12 PMCopy HTML

I haven’t been there, but it sounds like what I am looking for in a recommendation. Thanks!
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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/27/2018 8:30 PMCopy HTML

Why are you asking?


I din't really mean Knoxville is typical, somuch as typical is found in places like it. Modest cities with maybe 50k - 150k population. fairly distant from the next large"ish" city, in service to it own interests, those of its own residents, but also a centering point for a fairly vast regional rural population as well. Asheville NC might serve. Greenville SC might work. Atlanta? Charlotte NC? No. Too BIG to serve as typical. Too "urban" to be a place their outlying rural populations really want to dive into. That's sort of what I was going for with my Knoxville example. And, of course, I'm in East Tennessee, between two small towns about 30 miles outside. It serves me and mine as well as its own. 


A few years ago we had something around here call "9 counties, 1 vision." It was an effort to include the counties surrounding Knoxville in her and Knox county's long term plans for cultural and economic developement. That's not something I would expect from a vast international turism mecca with a few million people. 

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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/28/2018 12:01 AMCopy HTML

I asked because of a recent conversation in which I was stumped to make such a recommendation. I’ve made broad generalizations to explain why my husband and I chose to live west when both our families live east 3,000 miles. I forget until I visit family on the east coast, just how unnecessarily rude they are compared to the west coast. My guess is that all the rude folks here were killed in gunfights years ago. My brother has come here from Vermont almost every year since 1986 for elk and deer hunting. He was at Fish and Game for something about his tags a few years ago, and said he didn’t know where the woman who “helped” him was from, but he was certain she wasn’t from around here because she was downright rude. LOL Don’t worry if you’re concerned about tourists, I won’t make a recommendation if I haven’t been there. We have several companies that rely on tourists, but most of the people here didn’t move to the middle of nowhere to accommodate them. A popular bumper sticker a few years ago was, Welcome to Idaho. Now go home. Caused a stir among those trying to make a living off tourism....haven’t seen one of those stickers for a while. Doubt the sentiment has changed.
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The concept of what makes a place the most "American" may seem subjective, but personal finance social network WalletHub claims to have found the recipe for what makes a city as American as apple pie. WalletHub analyzed demographic data such as income, household size and ethnic makeup from 366 major metropolitan areas to statistically "determine which cities mirror the United States more than others. Most: Indianapolis, Indiana Charleston, South Carolina Jacksonville, Florida Greenville, South Carolina Oklahoma, Oklahoma Phoenix, Arizona Albuquerque, New Mexico Winston, North Carolina Albuquerque, New Mexico Winston, North Carolina Least McAllen, Texas Boulder, Colorado Altoona, Pennsylvania Brownsville, Texas Yuma, Arizona Ames, Iowa Johnstown, Pennsylvania Laredo, Texas Barnstable, Massachusetts El Centro, California https://www.nbcnews.com/us-news The average U.S. city is 50.8 percent female, 49.2 percent male. (Nashville is 51.5 percent female.) The average U.S. city is 74 percent white, 16.6 percent Hispanic, 12.6 percent black and 4.9 percent Asian. (Nashville is 60.5 percent white, 10 percent Hispanic, 28.4 percent black and 3.1 percent Asian). The average household size is 2.63. (Nashville is 2.36) The average foreign-born population is 13 percent. (Nashville's rate is 12 percent.) The median home price is $174,600, and the average home square footage is 1,773 square feet. (According to the U.S. Census, Nashville's median home value is $165,000.) In the average U.S. city, 11.6 percent of people live below the poverty line. (In Nashville, it's 19 percent.) In the average U.S. city, 28.7 percent of people 25 and over have a Bachelor's degree or higher. (Nashville's population with a Bachelor's degree or higher is 34.3 percent.
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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/28/2018 8:26 PMCopy HTML



Bar Harbor Maine is very friendly.



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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/30/2018 6:31 PMCopy HTML

Thanks, April. Maine. My stepfather was from Orono. After he died, my Mom lived in Bangor for many years. Visits were brief and far between, but the people were consistently kind and helpful.
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Re:Can you recommend a typical American city?

Date Posted:08/31/2018 8:19 PMCopy HTML

Everyone goes places they’ve heard about: a typical American city, great as it may be, probably doesn’t get much press. Good to know that none of our city states are typical, probably true of most countries. Thanks for your comments that pushed me to discover this.
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