I live in Missouri (United States). The area I'm in is full of farms and rednecks. It's not a fun place for a techie to be. I've traveled to almost every state in the US at least once (I only lack the northern part of New England, Washington (DC and the state), Oregon, and Hawaii.
OH! Not to mention that here it's hotter than hell in the summer and then freezez over in the winter. Our summers are worse than parts of the southern US and according to my contacts in Alaska, the winters can be similar.