Say this really fast...
"Iowa. Idaho. Ohio."
Now, try it faster.

It's a blur when you try to put these back-to-back in high speed. It's also a blur when people from "the coasts" try to ID states in the rust belt.

When non-natives drive through from the east and west coasts, their perception of "Midwest nothingness" is further entrenched. We've some wide open spaces in these here parts and wear overalls and seed corn hats. In fact, I have cow dung on my spurs as I write this. Need to keep our regional rep intact.

Sure, this little map test revealed pathetic results, but how many Iowans could pick out Rhode Island or Delaware? It's all relative [to where your relatives are].