May 9, 2010 12:01 AM

Changing population scrambles regional stereotypes

Social changes over the last decade, especially the increase in racial and ethnic minorities, are scrambling regional stereotypes and dramatically altering the traditional portrait of America. Cities such as Kansas City, Charleston, S.C., and Portland, Ore., now are demographically more like one another than they are to the regions that surround them, a new study shows.

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