Dallas Is Apparently Less "Country" Than Milwaukee, the Least "Country" City in Texas

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Congratulations, Dallas. Your never-ending quest to become "world class" has finally paid off. Not in the sense that Dallas will now be mentioned in the same breath as London and Paris or transformed into a international tourist hotspot. But you have finally succeeded in scrubbing off the redness the rest of the world assumes is covering the back of your neck.

Proof: Dallas is the "least country city in Texas," according to a study by the real estate website Estately, which ranked the nation's 50 most populous cities based on the percentage of people with Facebook interests like "rodeo" and "pickup trucks" and ran the results through an extensive peer-review process. (That's how these gimmicky real estate blogs work, right?)

See also: Tragically Mainstream" Dallas Ranks Last in Highly Scientific List of Hipster-Friendly Cities

Nationally, Dallas was in the middle of the pack in every category but pickups (No. 4). We wear fewer cowboy boots than Milwaukee; we like country music less than Portland; we watch NASCAR less than Denver.

More important, Dallas was far less country than Houston (16), Arlington (11), El Paso (5), and San Antonio (2). Fort Worth, naturally, is the most country, getting high marks for cowboy boots, rodeo and sweet tea.

We'll leave it to you to decide whether or not this is something to celebrate. But there is definitely something special about a place that's equally unattractive to both NASCAR fans and hipsters.

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PlanoDave
PlanoDave

To quote Craig Campbell, "if you gotta tell me how Country you are, you probably ain't"

legal_jess
legal_jess

I am offended by this article.  What makes something least/less Country?  Dallas has the right to be as country or as least country as it wants to be but it will still be Texas and you can't define Texas.  Some of it is country, some of it is city, some of it has hills, some of it is flat, some of it has ocean, some of it has rivers, etc

J_A_
J_A_

Damn that bridge looks world class!

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Never owned cowboy boots or a pickup, but I have been to a NASCAR race.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

That bridge looks a lot like Art Kumbalek.

Voot
Voot

Why is the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge cross-dressing in getup from the Great North Woods?

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Quite possibly because nobody in Big D proper is from Big D, kind of like Austin.  Us folks out chere in the Westoplex are quite fond of manly footwear (Cowboy boots) and pickups, and we don't give one damn about what anyone else thinks.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Another reason I want to move to the Hill Country.

kyndbrah
kyndbrah

This is a stupid article.  Dallas has doubled in size in the last 20 years so now there are many non Texans here.  I am from Dallas and i wear boots & jeans daily bc I like them.  I dont listen to Nashville crap country bc its garbage.  Also, sweet tea is a southern thing not a Texan thing. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Shucks a-mighty!  Yee haaah!  Myrna's just a good 'ol Brooklyn country gal herself y'all!

d-may
d-may

People that knock cowboy boots are people that don't work outside in fields. I do a number of surveys in fields and cowboy boots are about the best there is. Water proof, bite proof, bug proof, steel toed, good sole, and calf high tops.

Boots can be like trucks. There is definitely a use for them in this world, but Texans tend to over use them both. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I've been in a lot of international hotspots.  I don't want to reside in an international hotspot.  Beirut's an international hotspot.  Paris?  Too many French.  London? They got the accent but they're class-centric.  The Asians and the East Europeans are even worse.  India's the worst.  They got a caste system.

Rio's classless, baby!  And wide open.

Gimme a classless society.

pete
pete

Born and raised (or reared) in Dallas. Consider myself 100% a "city" person. I'm not a fan of NASCAR, "Country" music, or the rodeo. I haven't owned a pair of cowboy boots or a cowboy hat since I was 7, which was also the once and only time I ever sat on a horse.


I think most Dallasites will be quite ok not being considered "country".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Dallas will never know where it stands, what it stands for, or what it Is until Bill Maher defines you.

iwearblack
iwearblack

@legal_jess  It's just people who aren't from here trying to understand things that you can't, unless you are from here... If the Yankees and Californians (especially the Californians) would kindly go back to where they came from, we wouldn't have to have this conversation.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@d-may try hiking boots.  Padded, actually water proof, cowboy boots are NOT waterproof.  I do landscaping and hike and camp extensively.  I have a couple pair of Lucchesy's but, you need to learn about gore tex son, and Vibram soles.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@pete  


I'm with ya. I don't like any of that stuff and neither do my friends who have all grown up in Dallas proper.  I think it's a suburban goat-roper sort of phenomenon

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@scottindallas  Ariat work boots.

Takes too damn long to lace up hiking boots.  Plus, you can't tuck your jeans into the tops of hiking boots so cowshit winds up getting on your jeans.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ghkyluhhje

After seeing Maher's ignorant, I'll-informed mis-representation of an area I now choose to live in because it's the opposite of what he claims, while denigrating an individual for her generosity because she can't do what he's demanding of her is why I reference the dumb-ass, elitist flaccid little man

I guess I just never have liked the mean-spirited little prick.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/375334/lets-take-collection-bill-maher-kevin-d-williamson

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@PlanoDave @scottindallasAlright, you;'re a tin horn.  You put your jeans OVER your boots, so you don't get rocks, brush and debris in your boots.  Or, you're walking on cut grass or overgrazed land. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CornDoggy

Is it possible that when Walmart builds a store and employs hundreds of people, many of those people may have been unemployed or under-employed? Did you know that Less than one-half of one percent of Walmart employees are paid minimum wage?

So, if people already at the gov't-assistance level can earn more which reduces need for that assistance, is that not good enough for you or Bill Maher?

Ever see who the majority of Walmart shoppers are? I'd venture to say they are majority middle-class and lower. When Walmart raises it's prices to pay employees more, how does that benefit these customers?

And when Aldi moves in to compete with lower prices, what then - close the Walmart stores that can no longer compete? There go the jobs.

Of course, if lefty economic geniuses instituted the wage and price controls they'd love to try - welcome to Venezuela.

As to Bill Maher's position on Walton philanthropy, the NW Arkansas area and Crystal Bridges in particular, he comes from a position of proved, obvious ignorance - of demographic, of geography, of economics. IOW, the classist elite snob hasn't got a clue about the subject he expounded on, and he is highly paid because he reinforces the prejudice and relies on the ignorance of his audience.

I could go on, but I'm watching the press gush over the Royal Couple having a night out, shortly after the Queen and the little princesses had a multi-million dollar taxpayer-financed vacation - just one of many financed by Walmart, and you.

Is this lost on you? Or is there somewhere in the back of your mind that while you enjoy anti-capitalist rants based on ignorance, class prejudice and celebrity-worship, that it might be Bill Maher and Barack Obama playing you for a fool?

I

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@TheRuddSki  


and there's plenty more logical holes I can shoot in that article....including the fact that Wal-Mart's employees are the largest number of working adults who are actually on food stamps themselves....which means giving them a raise will help them rise out of poverty (and government programs)....which would be hugely more beneficial to society and commendable than a frickin' expensive museum...which was kinda Maher's point.


Is all this lost on you? Or is there somewhere in the back of your mind where you entertain the possibilities that your logic and rationalization could be flawed due to partisanship and class/race warfare?

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@TheRuddSki  


"Bill Maher is of course wrong about everything he has ever said from the moment he learned to speak..."


That's the first sentence in your link....So I'm not sure I'll get any informed, unbiased, intelligent social commentary on someone who is a social comedic commentator himself.


Are you following the irony here and its implications?

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