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States in the middle of the United States that generally aren't destinations for travelers or tourists and are generally flown over when traveling from coast to coast. Some fly-over states include Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Iowa, and Arkansas.
Ari Gold in Entourage: The last thing we need is the soccer moms in the fly-over states thinking that Aquaman is a homewrecker.
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In the United States, a "flyover state" is one that most Americans see only from the window of an airplane as they fly back and forth between the country's major east and west coast cities, like New York and Los Angeles. These states find themselves like this mainly because they're landlocked, have rather small populations, and lack many interesting attractions.

The term is generally used perjoratively by the aforementioned coastal-dwellers, with the implication that the residents of those states are somehow less cultured and educated. Nevertheless, the people who do live there often wear the designation as a badge of pride, especially since they often see themselves as more honest and hardworking than their snobbish critics. Political divisions also play a part, due to the fact that most of the states generally considered to be in "flyover country" are more conservative than the others, and hold significant sway in national elections.

Definitions of which states are and aren't "flyover" ones vary, but the strictest definition usually encompasses everything west of Chicago and east of Las Vegas. There are of course exceptions, with cities like Dallas, Phoenix, Kansas City, and Denver being just as cosmopolitan as any other. Other times, "flyover land" might include everything between the Appalachians and Sierra Nevadas, or even the Hudson River and San Gabriel Mountains. But usually, states like New Mexico, Kansas and Iowa are always included, to name a few.
- Nebraska is a flyover state; I've only seen it whenever I fly out to California and look out the window! It must be so sad to have to live there!

- I'm from Nebraska, and while it's a flyover state and might be kind of boring, the people are nicer, there's less crime, and life is a whole lot simpler!
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A pejorative term used by residents of either coast to refer to all US states that do not border an ocean, particularly those in the Midwest.
Person 1: "Where are you from?"
Person 2: "Chicago.
Person 1: "Where the hell is that? Is it a foreign country like Africa or something?"
Person 2: "No, it's in the US."
Person 1: "What state? Probably some lame state like East Dakota or Toronto or Mt. Rushmore."
Person 2: "Illinois actually."
Person 1: "AHAHAHAHAHA LOOOOOOSER! It must suck ass living in the flyover states! Picking corn and milking cows and going to pig shows and shit. Your life sounds terrible."
Person 2: "Yeah...where are you from?"
Person 1: "Stockton, beeotch. Eat that."
Person 2: "Where is that?"
Person 1: "Um, hello, California, duh."
Person 2: "Oh that place. I remember seeing it in a Most Depressing Cities in the US article. Must be awesome sitting in front of your foreclosed mobile home watching Teen Mom reruns on an old black and white TV, wishing you'd catch a break and get cast in the next season, all while trying not to get shot."
Person 1: "Yeah, it is awesome."
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Fly over state is a part of the United States of America that is between the East and the West coasts. There are not many transportation stops there, because it is mostly a fly over state.
Nebraska is a fly over state, or Oklahoma, for example.
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Any boring and unremarkable state that has to be flown over to get to interesting states such as California and New York. Typical fly-over states are Montana, Oklahoma, Indiana, etc.
The new guy at work is from some fly-over state. I don't remember if he said he was from Wyoming or West Virginia.
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The states flown over by many flights going to New York to Los Angeles. These states are often ignored and thought to be second class to coastal states. This however is not true. These states are populated with people who work hard.
The fly-over states often have many educational opertunities including colleges like South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. If one would like to learn about these states, they should visit the fly-over states.
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