Nashville is the metro area that most resembles the United States

According to WalletHub.  There was a time, thirty years ago, when I was living in Iowa and would stop to eat in Nashville while driving to Florida.  I struggled to understand the heavy accents.  Nowadays, it seems like no one in Nashville has an accent.  Or perhaps I'm just used to it.  Anyway, Nashville is first and McAllen, TX is last.

2014’s Metro Areas that Most and Least Resemble the U.S.
It’s hard to think of modern-day America’s identity in black-and-white terms. Although we can’t patent freedom, we can safely claim buffalo wings, country music and Jay Leno as uniquely ours. But what else? Contrary to popular belief, English isn’t the official language of the United States. And the rumor that pizza was invented by Italian immigrants in New York? That’s been laid to rest. Heck, even the Statue of Liberty used to be a French citizen. Cuisine, religion, sports and vernacular are only among the myriad cultural identifiers that depend on region and give the U.S. its personality. 
For centuries, diversification has perpetually blurred cultural lines. And though American “culture” can easily be described, it’s more difficult to quantify. Demographics, however, are not. Characteristics such as ethnic makeup, household size and median income can paint a picture of a country from a statistical vantage point. Why is this relevant to you, the consumer? There are many reasons. Parents, for one, may want to move their families to a city with a demographic anatomy resembling that of the U.S. to expose their children to more diversity. That way, their children might adapt more easily when they move to other parts of the country as adults. Others may wish to live in a city that is less representative of the U.S. in certain dimensions such as education standards or cultural variety. 
For entrepreneurs, the information can be useful in determining where to launch their business ideas. And to marketers, the data matter even more. They use statistics to predict the success of many goods and services you pay for. If you live in Richmond, Va., for instance, you may be subjected to a constant barrage of new products because marketers will want to test them in your market. According to the Southern Institute of Research, “Feedback garnered from a test market that is truly representative of the U.S. population can predict the success or failure of a national rollout.”
So which cities bleed the most red, white and blue? WalletHub sought to find the answer to that question by examining various demographical stats for 366 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. The data set includes simple metrics such as age, gender and income as well as more complex metrics such as household makeup and housing tenure. By studying these factors, we aim to identify the cities that address consumers’ varied priorities.


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