Which Historic American City Should You Live In?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which Historic American City Should You Live In?
Image: C.S. Fly via Wikimedia Commons

About This Quiz

One of the strange assertions that people sometimes make is that America's history is pretty short, and not very interesting. This is, of course, ridiculous to anyone who has taken the time to study what happened in these fine states both since they became states, as well as when they were colonies and territories, and even before that. 

Not all of this history is always taught - and when it is, it is often very inaccurately conveyed. Still, more of it is not preserved as well as it might be, which is a shame because it means so much is continually being lost. Those elements that are preserved are sometimes not the most deserving, while key events and figures go forgotten.

Still, if you want to know your history, one of the best ways to uncover it is simply to live among it. If you live in New York, you not only enjoy the advantages of one of the great engines of the Industrial Age, you can even walk the ancient game trail that is now known as Broadway. In Miami, you can learn about the history of America's Cuban community. In Charleston, you can learn about the horrors of the slave trade. Wherever you go, there is history to be found, lessons to be learned, and both terror and beauty to be seen. Whereabouts suits you best? Let's find out!

What part of U.S. history do you like best?
Revolution
Musical and artistic history
Wild West
Chinese immigration

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What climate do you love?
Very hot summers and bone-chilling winters
Hot and muggy
Windy and sunny
Temperate and foggy

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What food is the best?
Clam chowder
Cajun
Rabbit I shot myself
Sushi

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What part of history disgusts you most?
English colonization
French colonization and slave trade
Genocide of Native Americans
Spanish colonization

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How important is LGBT history to you?
Somewhat
Only a bit
Not at all
Most important

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Do you love the history of tech?
Yes, mostly
Not really
I hate and fear tech.
Absolutely

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Are you a scholar of the Revolutionary War?
Yes
A bit
The what?
No

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Are you intrigued by the Antebellum South?
No, it's gross.
Yes, very
Kinda
Not really

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Do you love voodoo?
In theory
I am a high priestess.
I don't know what that is.
I think I would if I tried it.

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What architecture suits you?
Colonial
French Art Nouveau
Ranches, mostly
A mix

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What even bigger city would you like to be able to reach as needed?
New York
Dallas
Phoenix
Los Angeles

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Which state suits you?
Massachusetts
Louisiana
Arizona
California

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What do you want to hear in the street?
Political debate
Jazz band
Gunfire
Protest march

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How do you want to get around?
Subway
Streetcar
Truck
Bike

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How hilly should it be?
Somewhat
Not much
Not at all
The hilliest

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What natural disaster are you cool with facing?
I'm really not.
Hurricane
Tornado
Earthquake

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What tax level is acceptable to you?
Medium
Low
Zero
High

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Do you feel ambivalent about the taming of the West?
No, it was good in all ways.
Yes, it resulted in many deaths.
Yes, it ended something wild and lovely.
No, it helped trade.

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Do you ride a horse?
Only for polo
Only on special occasions
Of course
I never have but I'd like to.

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Do you keep a gun?
No, guns are scary.
Yes, in the house
Yes, on me at all times
No, only murderers have guns.

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What job would you have had in 1850?
Lawyer
Musician
Sheriff
Probably sweatshop worker

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What kind of house do you want to live in?
Rowhouse
Loft
Ranch
Whatever I can squash into

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Why might tourists be in your town?
St. Paddy's Day
Carnival
To see where the big fight happened
Pride parade

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Do you mind a high cost of living?
I like it.
I don't mind.
I hate it.
I love it!

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What industry do you work in?
Academia
Arts
Farming
Tech

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How many universities is enough?
All of them of course!
A couple
None
More than five

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Would you expect people overseas to have heard of your home?
Yes, generally
Almost certainly
Mostly not
Definitely

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Where would you like to vacation?
Iceland
Caribbean
I don't want to travel.
Hawaii

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What sort of music will you listen to in your town?
Irish folk
Jazz
Country
Pop

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What special event will you attend?
Marathon
Festival
Re-enactment
Mass wedding

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You Got:

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