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Middle America is an American colloquialism used to describe either a cultural mindset or region of the United States that, geographically, comprises the bulk of rural and suburban America. This term is usually used in contrast to the more metropolitan areas. The two mindsets reflect different values that portray a dichotomy in American culture. In regards to geographical usage, the term is not literal because one may hold "Middle American values" while not residing there and vice versa. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Shortcut: WP:NOR Wikipedia is not the place for original research such as new theories. ... This term has multiple meanings: it is used by ethnographers to refer to Mesoamerica extended to include its peripheral culture sub-areas, such as northeast and northwest Mexico, the Caribbean coast of Central America, and the Isthmus of Panama. ... A colloquialism is an expression not used in formal speech or writing. ... Metropolitan area in Western Tokyo as seen from Tokyo Tower A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or... A dichotomy is a division into two non-overlapping or mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive parts. ...

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As a cultural and geographical label

Geographically, the label Middle America refers to the territory between the east coast of the United States (particularly the northeast) and the west coast. The term has been used in some cases to refer to the inland portions of coastal states, especially if they are rural. Much of the California Central Valley and inland Pennsylvania are typically considered to be Middle American. Alternatively, the term is used to the describe the central United States. Forty-nine states in the United States (all except Hawaii) lie on the North American continent; 48 of these (all except Alaska and Hawaii) are contiguous and form the continental United States. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... The states in dark red are usually included, while all or portions of the striped states may or may not be considered part of the Northeastern United States. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas (also referred to as the country, countryside) are sparsely settled places away from the influence of large cities. ... The California Central Valley Part of the Valley as seen from overhead A typical Central Valley scene at ground level The California Central Valley is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... The Central United States is a bridge region between the Eastern United States and Western United States. ...


Middle America is generally used more as of a cultural than geographical label, suggesting a small town or suburb where most people are middle class, Protestant, and white. It is often caricatured in the same way as the American 1950s decade. The idea of Middle America may exclude locations such as Chicago (the third largest city in the United States and one of the world's ten alpha cities) and the very wealthy Aspen, Colorado. However, the coastal regions of the southern United States are often implicitly included. This U.S.-centric definition of Middle America is not to be confused with the usage of the term to describe Mesoamerica or the grouping of Central America plus Mexico. A street in Ynysybwl, Wales, relatively stereotypical of a small town A town is usually an urban area which is not considered to rank as a city. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In basic English usage, white people (also whites or white race) relates to a human group having light-coloured skin, especially of European ancestry. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor... A global city or world city is a concept which postulates that globalisation can be broken down in terms of strategic geographic locales that see global processes being created, facilitated and enacted. ... View south along Galena Street in downtown Aspen. ... Historic Southern United States. ... The cultural areas of Mesoamerica Mesoamerica or Meso-America (Spanish: Mesoamérica) was a geographical culture area extending from central Honduras and northwestern Costa Rica on the south, and, in Mexico, from the Soto la Marina River in Tamaulipas and the Rio Fuerte in Sinaloa on the north. ... Map of Central America Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. ...


Economy

The economy of "Middle America" is in fact traditionally agricultural, though presently most "Middle Americans" live in suburban locales. Compared to coastal America, home prices tend to be low (because land is abundant) and economic disparities are less pronounced. Housing prices in "Middle America" tend to be significantly less volatile than those on the coasts, and houses tend to appreciate in value more slowly within Middle America.


Politics

The phrase "Middle American values" is a political cliché, which like "family values" involves more traditional or conservative politics, although places like Madison, Wisconsin (progressive but inland) and Orange County, California (conservative but coastal) provide stereotypical exceptions. This article is about family values as a political concept. ... Nickname: Mad Town or Mad City Location of Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin Municipality City Incorporated 1848  - Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Area    - City 136. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42°30N to 47°3N  - Longitude 86°49W to 92°54W Population  Ranked... Progressivism is a term that refers to a broad school of contemporary international social and political philosophies. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Conservatism is a political philosophy that usually favors traditional values and strong foreign defense. ...


Many of the political battleground states are situated in "Middle America." In United States presidential politics, a swing state (also, battleground state) is a state in which no candidate has overwhelming support, meaning that any of the major candidates have a reasonable chance of winning the states electoral college votes. ...


Trivia

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Middle America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (413 words)
Middle America is an American colloquialism used—in contrast to "coastal America"—to describe a region of the United States that, geographically, comprises the bulk of the nation.
Geographically, the label "Middle America" refers to the territory between the East (particularly the Northeast) and West coasts of the United States, and may refer to the inland portions of coastal states, especially if they are rural.
"Middle America" can also be used as more of a cultural than a geographical label, suggesting a small town or suburb where most people are middle class and White, and is often caricatured in the same way as is the American 1950s decade.
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Middle America comprises all the lands and islands between the United States to the North and South America to the south.
Middle America functions as a land bridge between continental land masses (North and South America) and between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
A third region centering on the States of Veracruz and Tabasco is one of the leading agricultural zones in all of Middle America.
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