Lifestyle Differences in the South

Although America is one single country, it’s not one single culture. Instead, every state, city, and even zip code has its own identity that affects how the people who live there interact with the world around them.

The south has its galaxy of traditions, cultures, identities, and people.  These are some of the most general changes you’ll see in the south apart from anything you could find north.  All of these differences make the south an incredible and interesting place to live.

More Time Outside

There’s never enough time out in the sun once summer starts heating things.  Fortunately for many southerners, summer isn’t the only outdoor season.  In most coastal areas, you can find people enjoying the beautiful summery weather year-round.  Although in winter, it might dip down to just above freezing for a week or two, most of these major areas don’t see a single snowflake.

This weather has created a culture of staying out and enjoying everything from hiking to looking at Little Rock houses for sale far later in the year than most people would get to.  

The Food is Unlike Any Other

Although some people may think they’ve tried southern food in restaurants, despite never going to the south: they’re missing out!  Legitimate southern food from its home states is always better than any tasty imitation in another form.

From the bravery of trying meat like gator and snake to the delicious combinations of seasonings and crispy fried bits, every bite of southern food is comfort and warmth.  It tastes like it was made with love and an excess of salt, and it’s some of the best food in the country.

More Genuine Interest in Others

In the south, although you may think that people are more distant because of all of the space between their homes, they care more about the people they live near. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being more interested in your household, but living in the south makes you part of a community in many areas.  

In many parts of the south, they do want to know when they ask how you’re doing.  They don’t want a half-hearted ‘I’m fine,’ they want to know what’s going on in your life so they can either help you or commiserate if 

The Pineapples

This point might sound vague, but it stands up.  In most of the southern USA, you’ll notice that when you enter a home, somewhere near the front door, you’ll see at least one artificial pineapple.  Sometimes it’s the door hanger; sometimes it’s a welcoming mat, either way, it’s a sign of hospitality.  Although pineapples go in and out of style nationally every summer, in the south, it’s more of a key point to show you know the roots of the area, and you want to welcome people into your home.  At one point, pineapples were a delicacy, and to serve them to your guests was to show that you were willing to spend money and effort on their happiness.  Although these pineapples are no longer being served to most guests, the imagery and history are stuck.

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