This is the second and final part of my MyTake on stereotypes in America. I had to do this in two parts because of the MyTake text limit. Click here for the first part.
Again, this is mainly for fun, so don't get offended. I'll mention this again to, the "Facts" I found were found through light research on the internet. I'm in no way shape or form saying they are 100% accurate or not.
Stereotype: Nobody lives in or cares about Montana
Fact: According to the 2012 United States Census, Montana is 44th in popularity. While it is one of the least populated states(which is shocking for its massive physical size), there are still six states below it, including Alaska which gets attention on television for reality TV. And I'm sure many people care about Montana.
Stereotype: Everyone in Nebraska is a farmer.
Fact: According to Stuffaboutstates.com, Nebraska has more farmland(in accordance to its size) than any other state, with 93% of the state being farmland! While Nebraska does have a lot of rural land, it also have several urban areas as well. And just because there are people living on farms, doesn't mean they are active farmers(I found that out quick here in Ohio.)
Stereotype: People in Nevada are compulsive gamblers!
Fact: It's a little hard to ignore this one, especially with Las Vegas being a centerpiece here in America. However, there are casinos all over the state as well. According to usatoday, Nevada does indeed rank in more money from gambling and casinos than any other state. However, if you eliminate Las Vegas from the equation, it wouldn't be much different than most states.
Stereotype: New Hampshire is the only "conservative" state in the northeast.
Fact: Without a doubt, New Hampshire is probably the most conservative state in the northeast region but that doesn't make it a conservative state. In politics, it's a "swing-state" and goes back and forth from voting Republican/Democrat. I would still guess the people have a liberal ideology.
Stereotype: Everyone in New Jersey acts like the people from the show Jersey Shore.
Fact: This is one I have to base on from my exeperience from people from Nall; and the show is all for TV. This reality show ruined this state's reputation. People from the state have told me the people there are nothing like the show at all; and the show is all for TV.
Stereotype: New Mexico is full of drug cartels
Fact: Similar to New Jersey, this stereotype emerged from a TV Show: Breaking Bad. After doing research on DEA.com, it seems drug cartels and dealing is a major problem in the southwest in general, which includes Arizona, areas in Texas, southern California, and so on. It's not just New Mexico.
Stereotype: People in New York are rude
Fact: This is a very popular stereotype which everyone thinks is true....well it seems at least. According to a survey posted on Dailymail.com, Americans voted New York as the rudest state. According to people I've talked to who have been to New York, they claim New York City is rude but they had a different outlook on the outskirts of the state. Even though it's the most populated city in the world, I'm sure it doesn't represent the entire state-Not to mention there are several tourists here as well.
Stereotype: There are a lot of Native Americans in North Carolina!
Fact: I've been to Cherokee Village, but if you take that out of the equation here, it's not too big. According to the 2010 United States Census, North Carolina is 1.4% Native American, which does happen to be ranked 14th in the nation. However, more than likely, you won't see any "Indians" in North Carolina.
Stereotype: It's always snowy in North Dakota!
Fact: As I already mentioned in this MyTake, Alaska gets more inches of snow than any other state per year: By a LONG shot. However, according to Currentresults.com, North Dakota ranks in at number three, right behind Minnsota for second place on the list. But it's too hot in the Spring and Summer for snow in North Dakota: So it's not always snowy.
Stereotype: Ohio is only known for Ohio State Football!
Fact: I've lived in Ohio my entire life, so I have so much to say about this. I will admit, there does seem to be an unhealthy obsession with Ohio State here(and not just football, they worship the college itself.) But we also have another high ranked college, which I attend, known as Miami University(AKA the "Ivy Lague" of the midwest.) We also have two huge amuesment parks, Cedar Point and Kings' Island. We also have the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and Football Hall of Fame. We also have the extremely curvaceous model, Olivia "Jensen"(I know her real last name), who broke the internet in 2011. There is so much to do here, yet we get known for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Lovely.
Stereotype: Oklahoma is the most "conservative" state in the country.
Fact: This is another politically fueled stereotype. Back in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, Oklahoma was the only state in both elections in which every county/district voted for the Republican candidate, so you can say there is some truth here. However, it has still voted for a Democrat before a few other states, such as Utah, Alaska and Texas. I'm also not sold that they have the ultra-conservative mindset either.
Stereotype: Oregon is full of tree-huggers!
Fact: I think this one is played out more in movies than anything. According to Forbes.com, Oregon does rank second in the nation(behind Vermont) in environmental "friendliness." I could argue there is some abiguity to that term. But the state quite literally looks green-At least in photos!
Stereotype: Pennsylvania has the best food in the country!
Fact: I don't know if this is just a stereotype here in Ohio about our neighboring state, but I think people just fall in love with their Philly cheesesteaks. Ironically, they don't seem to be too popular outside of Philadelphia-I don't think they exist in Pittsburgh or Harrison, Pennsylvania, do they?
Stereotype: Rhode Island is full of Ivy League students!
Fact: Rhode Island has one of the eight Ivy League colleges in the country(Brown University.) According to a census on Education.com, Rhode Island is ranked 13th in the country for percentage of people with at least a bachelor's degree, by the age of 25. Key Age: 25. And who is to say how many of them were Ivy League Students? I wonder how many out-of-state students attend Brown University.
Stereotype: Myrtle Beach in South Carolina isn't a "real" beach!
Fact: I get it: A beach isn't located in Florida, California or Hawaii, so people automatically think it sucks. Well, I've been there and I liked it. I didn't have the blast I did in Florida, but it's still a real beach and I almost felt like I was in Florida. There are beaches all over the nation.
Stereotype: South Dakota is only known for Mount Rushmore!
Fact: There is no doubt the Mount Rushmore mountain is the most well know thing about this state, that's a given. But I went back to Tripadvisor.com and found there are many amuesment parks in this state, more than most people would imagine. There are also large parks and there is the motor cycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota every year. It's obviously known for a little more than that mountain-thingy!
Stereotype: People in Tennessee are so friendly!
Fact: As I mentioned in this Mytake already, the Ku Klux Klan was founed in Tenessee and there are still many groups active in the state. To be honest, I do meet a lot of friendly people in the state, whever I visit but that could also be a "act" too! After all, I go to tourist-friendly areas.
Stereotype: People in Texas are arrogant and want the state to be its own country!
Fact: According to Abc7Chicago.com, Texas is ranked 13th in "patriotism", which is ranked with how many Veterans live there(which is a lousy methodlogy.) So maybe they like America afterall. However, they did want to secceed from the union a few years ago. I think people in Texas purposely portray this stereotype to play mind games with the country. Internet vixen Jessica Kylie loves our country and isn't arrogant at all.
Stereotype: Utah is loaded with Mormons!
Fact: Not only is this probably the most widely believed Stereotype in the country, this one bears the most truth on this list. According to Huffingtonpost.com, 60% of the residents in Utah claim to be Mormons and belonging to the Curch of the Latter-Day Saints. That is the highest percentage in the country by a mega-long shot-No other state compares. It makes me wonder how the other 40% feel about the 60%.....
Stereotype: Vermont is so "beautiful"!
Fact: According to Travelaway.com, Colorado is the state with the best scenery; Vermont, the "Red" mountain state, doesn't even make the top ten. However, the list is subjective and I'm sure others would disagree.
Stereotype: Virginia is half-northern, half-southern
Fact: There is no doubt Virginia is some form of a "gateway" to the south, along with Kentucky. However, the reason this stereotype exists is because northern Virginia is so much different than southern Virginia(I can vouch that to be true too.) Regardless, it seems Virginia has too many "southern" lifestyles to be a northern state: As far as mindset, politics, the way they cook, the beach, etc. I'm sure @XHoneyXBeeX would agree with me it's a southern state.
Stereotype: Washington is always rainy!
Fact: According to Currentresults.com. Washington isn't even that rainy. It's ranked 29th in the country for rainfall in inches per year. It may be a beautiful, green state but their rain isn't too bad compared to the rest of the country. I wonder why people think this about this state?
Washington, District of Columbia:
Stereotype: People in Washington D.C. hate guns!
Fact: Even though it's not a state, this district still gets its share of stereotypes. This is a more recent stereotype, because of the gun control debates linking it to the ridiculous amount of violence in the district. However, this makes no sense at all: In Washington D.C., you can own virtually any gun-You just can't carry it anywhere. Roughly half of the citizens still own guns. This stereotype bears little to no truth to it.
Stereotype: West Virginia has a lot of drug addicts!
Fact: I've been to the state, so let me tell you, I am very very very very skeptical of the statistics I found on the Cdc website, but West Virginia apparently doesn't even rank in the top 25 in states with illicit drug use. Did they pull the statistic out of their butt? I have no idea. Maybe they just don't report it as much?
Stereotype: Wisconsin loves cheese!
Fact: Another popular stereotype in the country. Wisconsin does indeed produce the most cheese and it's not even a contest. However, does this mean the residents living there love cheese? Who knows? Most of their cheese is imported to other states anyway.
Stereotype: Wyoming is the modern day "wild wild west"!
Fact: This is a funny stereotype, because Wyoming is known for their lax gun laws, conservative nature, western attitude and bull-riding contests. There are no statistics on how many "cowboys" there are, or people who are "westerners." Just going by reputation alone, this stereotype doesn't surprise me at all. They also have a lot of bull-riding there.