Monday, May 30, 2011
Defining America: Represent your state!


From left to right: A handwriting sample from Denver, Colorado; dinner starts with peas and rice in Pembroke Pines, Florida; getting around in New York, New York.


Update: We did it! Thanks to everyone who participated in the first round of the cultural census. Stay tuned to see some of the interesting things we uncover from your responses, and if you haven't participated, we'd still like to hear from you.


In recent weeks, CNN iReport has been on a mission to get at least 10 people from each of the 50 states to participate in our cultural census, a project to put faces and personalities behind the U.S. Census numbers.


Can you tell where someone lives based on their accent? How old they are from their handwriting style? Or where they live by how they get around? Those are the type of questions we hope to answer with your responses to five quick assignments.


We’re thrilled with the response so far, but it’s not over. We still need a few more iReports from these states:


Northwest: North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

Southwest: Colorado, Utah

Southeast/Mid-Atlantic: Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia

Great Plains: Nebraska

Non-contiguious: Hawaii


Participating is easy. Here's all you have to do:

1. Fill out this quick demographic survey

2. Participate in at least one of our five assignments: Self-portrait; What's for dinner?; Read aloud; Write this down; and Get around.

May 30, 2011
Click to view royalhighnes's profile

I'm embarrassed to admit I'm from Florida. Our governor is a heartless Nazi and our economy is based on time-share scams/tourist traps. I'll pass on this one.

May 30, 2011
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I am embarrassed to admit I am from Wisconsin. Out Governor is also a heartless Nazi. He (Scott Walker)is ripping our state to shreds. There is nothing good left to talk about this state. There you have my report...

May 30, 2011
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I'm ashamed of the state of Virginia. The combination of our governor and our horrible attorney general makes us a world-wide embarrassment. 

May 31, 2011
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I am proud to be from Texas because there are so many good people here. People from around the world come here to work and live.

May 31, 2011
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I am proud of our state of Arizona. SB1070, Sherrif Joe, concealed weapon without permit and a Governor that will sue the federal government so they will enforce immigration laws. God Bless America.

May 31, 2011
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Virginia, Full of small town's and big britches. Political officials in small towns seek to hold the resident's by the throat and lash them with whips when they get out of line. Corrupt Politics is the same as Terrorism. Stop badgering small town America and offer us more job opportunities so our minds can grow, not to mention cutting down on the poverty level!

May 31, 2011
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Don't waste your time.

May 31, 2011
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I am proud to be a Texas and embarrassed and ashamed of the idiots above who defame their states because their leadership happens to be Republican.  If you are stupid enough to call them Nazis, then you must be very young because you haven't a clue as to what the Nazis were really all about.  You're just asinine.

May 31, 2011
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Ok.  "Texan."  Not stupid, just a bad typist.

June 6, 2011
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What an idea...

June 25, 2011
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I just read where Mexico army troops are taking over the cities that border Mexico and Texas because of the drug wars. Why dont we put national guard on the Texas borders to make sure the drug wars do not spill into the United States?

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