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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #150 on: March 19, 2019, 02:08:23 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciLP71byQO4

A 1985 News Clip from Washington State Spokane area as "Inland Empire"

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Yeah, the semi-arid area east of the Cascades has been called the "Inland Empire" since the early 20th century.

Though recently they've been trying to secede and call themselves the State of Liberty.

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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #151 on: March 19, 2019, 04:42:31 AM »

Here in Albany, it's the "Capital District" or you say you are from the city you are in (Albany, Schenectady, Troy).  If you are in a suburb, you say the "Albany area" to outsiders.

Here it's the "Finger Lakes region" (or "Western New York" or "Central New York"). Never "upstate".
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #152 on: March 19, 2019, 04:58:48 AM »

After perusing this thread for near 15 minutes, I have a couple (please excuse if I list something already mentioned--trying to read 7 pages quickly)...

Where I live, Northern Kentucky, for the suburban area south of Cincinnati.
I have heard the term "Kentuckiana" on TV stations in the Louisville area.
The area of New York State from Bemus Point to Binghamton as the Southern Tier.
I have heard truckers on CB refer to the capital of Tennessee as "Crashville".
Centralia, PA as "Silent Hill".   :-D (just kidding)
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #153 on: March 19, 2019, 07:03:03 AM »

There is a sign in Birch Run on I-75 that was installed within the last 5 years or so that says GREAT LAKES BAY REGION on it. I guess that's the part of the Great Lakes we're in but the Saginaw Bay isn't the only Bay on the Great Lakes.

I consider it Mid-Michigan or Central Michigan.
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #154 on: March 19, 2019, 07:46:17 AM »

I live in the Blackstone Valley, could be known as just the Valley, outsiders would just call this part of the larger Central Massachusetts or the Worcester area.
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« Reply #155 on: March 19, 2019, 07:57:24 AM »

Here in Albany, it's the "Capital District" or you say you are from the city you are in (Albany, Schenectady, Troy).  If you are in a suburb, you say the "Albany area" to outsiders.

Here it's the "Finger Lakes region" (or "Western New York" or "Central New York"). Never "upstate".
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #156 on: March 19, 2019, 07:59:26 AM »

Two notes on Texas:

The Trans-Pecos area is often called 'the wing-tip.'

San Antonio and Austin are 80mi apart within the Hill Country, and yet San Antonio is usually 'south Texas' and Austin is usually 'central Texas.' 
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« Reply #157 on: March 19, 2019, 12:21:03 PM »

I live in the Blackstone Valley, could be known as just the Valley, outsiders would just call this part of the larger Central Massachusetts or the Worcester area.
I grew up in western MA.  Can't put my finger on exactly when people would use "Pioneer Valley" rather than "western MA." Both were quite common (e.g., PVTA), but there is some subtle contextual difference where someone would use one rather than the other.
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #158 on: March 19, 2019, 01:16:35 PM »

I live in the Blackstone Valley, could be known as just the Valley, outsiders would just call this part of the larger Central Massachusetts or the Worcester area.
I grew up in western MA.  Can't put my finger on exactly when people would use "Pioneer Valley" rather than "western MA." Both were quite common (e.g., PVTA), but there is some subtle contextual difference where someone would use one rather than the other.

My ex-wife is from Pittsfield.   That is definitely Western MA and NOT the Pioneer Valley.   

I would suggest that Western MA is divided into two parts - the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley.
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #159 on: March 19, 2019, 01:20:50 PM »



I live in the Blackstone Valley, could be known as just the Valley, outsiders would just call this part of the larger Central Massachusetts or the Worcester area.
I grew up in western MA.  Can't put my finger on exactly when people would use "Pioneer Valley" rather than "western MA." Both were quite common (e.g., PVTA), but there is some subtle contextual difference where someone would use one rather than the other.

My ex-wife is from Pittsfield.   That is definitely Western MA and NOT the Pioneer Valley.   

I would suggest that Western MA is divided into two parts - the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley.

Well, of course Pittsfield is out in the boondocks and not in the Pioneer Valley.

I grew up in the Pioneer Valley, where people use both terms, but not always interchangeably.
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« Reply #160 on: March 19, 2019, 02:34:30 PM »



I live in the Blackstone Valley, could be known as just the Valley, outsiders would just call this part of the larger Central Massachusetts or the Worcester area.
I grew up in western MA.  Can't put my finger on exactly when people would use "Pioneer Valley" rather than "western MA." Both were quite common (e.g., PVTA), but there is some subtle contextual difference where someone would use one rather than the other.

My ex-wife is from Pittsfield.   That is definitely Western MA and NOT the Pioneer Valley.   

I would suggest that Western MA is divided into two parts - the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley.

Well, of course Pittsfield is out in the boondocks and not in the Pioneer Valley.

I grew up in the Pioneer Valley, where people use both terms, but not always interchangeably.
As someone from the northern part of Connecticut, I rarely heard Pioneer Valley when referring to the Springfield area, it was usually just lumped in as Western Mass.
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #161 on: March 19, 2019, 04:17:53 PM »



I live in the Blackstone Valley, could be known as just the Valley, outsiders would just call this part of the larger Central Massachusetts or the Worcester area.
I grew up in western MA.  Can't put my finger on exactly when people would use "Pioneer Valley" rather than "western MA." Both were quite common (e.g., PVTA), but there is some subtle contextual difference where someone would use one rather than the other.

My ex-wife is from Pittsfield.   That is definitely Western MA and NOT the Pioneer Valley.   

I would suggest that Western MA is divided into two parts - the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley.

Well, of course Pittsfield is out in the boondocks and not in the Pioneer Valley.

I grew up in the Pioneer Valley, where people use both terms, but not always interchangeably.
As someone from the northern part of Connecticut, I rarely heard Pioneer Valley when referring to the Springfield area, it was usually just lumped in as Western Mass.
Probably more used north of the Holyoke Range.
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #162 on: March 19, 2019, 08:10:27 PM »

I can't believe this thread has made it this far without getting moved to a more appropriate board: Off-topic, or maybe Travel?
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« Reply #163 on: March 19, 2019, 08:21:55 PM »

Area: South Dakota, everything west of the Missouri River
Outsiders call it: western South Dakota
Local name: West River

It's the same for the other side of the state: East River.
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« Reply #164 on: March 30, 2019, 02:24:17 PM »

Everything north of WI-29 is generally the Northwoods. The southeast part of the state is just "Milwaukee". The Fox Valley is Oshkosh/Appleton/Green Bay.
As for other states, "Chicago" is a synonym of Illinois. Upper Michigan is "The UP", or Upper Peninsula.
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« Reply #165 on: July 02, 2019, 01:33:58 PM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Saigon,_Orange_County

https://visitanaheim.org/blog/little-saigon-the-vietnamese-heart-of-orange-county

Locals know the area surrounding Disneyland as Little Saigon in Orange County. But Outsiders know Anaheim as simply the area as Disneyland or the Anaheim Resort District.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaheim_Resort
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« Reply #166 on: July 02, 2019, 02:38:50 PM »

Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Southeast Virginia, etc.

Outsiders just pick a big city in the area such as Virginia Beach or Norfolk and refer to anything and everywhere in the Hampton Roads area as that.
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #167 on: July 02, 2019, 03:04:20 PM »

Here in Albany, it's the "Capital District" or you say you are from the city you are in (Albany, Schenectady, Troy).  If you are in a suburb, you say the "Albany area" to outsiders.

Here it's the "Finger Lakes region" (or "Western New York" or "Central New York"). Never "upstate".
Amen! (from a Syracuse area native).

Is there a region of New York that calls itself "Upstate New York?"

It seems like a term that outsiders use to describe the parts of the state that are outside of the NYC Metro Area.
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« Reply #168 on: July 02, 2019, 03:37:26 PM »

metro Boston. maybe metro west.
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« Reply #169 on: July 02, 2019, 09:24:50 PM »

Here in Albany, it's the "Capital District" or you say you are from the city you are in (Albany, Schenectady, Troy).  If you are in a suburb, you say the "Albany area" to outsiders.

Here it's the "Finger Lakes region" (or "Western New York" or "Central New York"). Never "upstate".
Amen! (from a Syracuse area native).

Is there a region of New York that calls itself "Upstate New York?"

It seems like a term that outsiders use to describe the parts of the state that are outside of the NYC Metro Area.
I guess I'm the exact opposite.  I grew up in the Rochester area and everyone I knew always thought of themselves as "Upstate NY".  Same for now that I live near Albany.  I've always understood regions like Central NY, the Finger Lakes, the North Country as being subsets of Upstate.

In fact, the line for what one considered "Upstate" moves south the further southeast one goes!  To the Rochester/Buffalo/Syracuse area, is the part of the state north of the flat part of the PA border (and where it would be if it extended across the whole state).  To the Capital District, it's around I-84.  To the North Country, it's the Adirondacks.
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« Reply #170 on: July 02, 2019, 09:51:27 PM »

^ Yep, I would endorse that. I think of myself as being from Upstate NY. Western NY and the Finger Lakes are subsets.

I actually hadn't heard of the term North Country until more recently; everything north and east of Syracuse was just "the Adirondacks".
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« Reply #171 on: July 02, 2019, 11:30:48 PM »

Here in northwest NC, most refer to it as simply "The High Country"
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« Reply #172 on: July 03, 2019, 08:06:50 AM »

Here in Albany, it's the "Capital District" or you say you are from the city you are in (Albany, Schenectady, Troy).  If you are in a suburb, you say the "Albany area" to outsiders.

Here it's the "Finger Lakes region" (or "Western New York" or "Central New York"). Never "upstate".
Amen! (from a Syracuse area native).

Is there a region of New York that calls itself "Upstate New York?"

It seems like a term that outsiders use to describe the parts of the state that are outside of the NYC Metro Area.
I guess I'm the exact opposite.  I grew up in the Rochester area and everyone I knew always thought of themselves as "Upstate NY".  Same for now that I live near Albany.  I've always understood regions like Central NY, the Finger Lakes, the North Country as being subsets of Upstate.

In fact, the line for what one considered "Upstate" moves south the further southeast one goes!  To the Rochester/Buffalo/Syracuse area, is the part of the state north of the flat part of the PA border (and where it would be if it extended across the whole state).  To the Capital District, it's around I-84.  To the North Country, it's the Adirondacks.
Is there such a thing as "Downstate New York"?  I always thought it was north of NYC but south of I-84.  I have a friend who's from Brooklyn/Long Island and she says there's no such thing, but I've heard the term before.
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« Reply #173 on: July 03, 2019, 08:08:56 AM »

Here in Albany, it's the "Capital District" or you say you are from the city you are in (Albany, Schenectady, Troy).  If you are in a suburb, you say the "Albany area" to outsiders.

Here it's the "Finger Lakes region" (or "Western New York" or "Central New York"). Never "upstate".
Amen! (from a Syracuse area native).

Is there a region of New York that calls itself "Upstate New York?"

It seems like a term that outsiders use to describe the parts of the state that are outside of the NYC Metro Area.
I guess I'm the exact opposite.  I grew up in the Rochester area and everyone I knew always thought of themselves as "Upstate NY".  Same for now that I live near Albany.  I've always understood regions like Central NY, the Finger Lakes, the North Country as being subsets of Upstate.

In fact, the line for what one considered "Upstate" moves south the further southeast one goes!  To the Rochester/Buffalo/Syracuse area, is the part of the state north of the flat part of the PA border (and where it would be if it extended across the whole state).  To the Capital District, it's around I-84.  To the North Country, it's the Adirondacks.
Is there such a thing as "Downstate New York"?  I always thought it was north of NYC but south of I-84.  I have a friend who's from Brooklyn/Long Island and she says there's no such thing, but I've heard the term before.

Downstate is everything that's not Upstate, including NYC itself.
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Re: What Do Locals Call Your Part Of The State???
« Reply #174 on: July 03, 2019, 08:31:02 AM »

Is there such a thing as "Downstate New York"?  I always thought it was north of NYC but south of I-84.  I have a friend who's from Brooklyn/Long Island and she says there's no such thing, but I've heard the term before.

To me, downstate is anything south of I-84 (roughly), but anyone who lives below that line would likely say downstate does not exist, or at least is not an appropriate term. The prevailing attitude in NYC and Long Island is that I am the one from NY, and this is NY, no clarification needed, and anyone who is from the state but not the NYC area needs to specify "upstate". I guess a certain amount of arrogance is built in to coming from the largest city in the country; doesn't surprise me one bit that they don't want to be referred to as "downstate", instead preferring "NY", with "City" being assumed.
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