I once attending a large family reunion in Tampa of native Floridians. I was down there visiting a Marine Corps buddy, who became a Tampa Cop. Before joining the Marines, the guy had only been out of Florida to visit his Uncle's farm, just across the Georgia line. Everyone has an accent, but the Florida accent is definitely different than the regional southern accent, which is very similar from Georgia to Arkansas and on up to West Virginia and most of Virginia. A Texas accent is also different. Native Floridians have a strong southern identity, but once you get up into my Mid-Atlantic region, it isn't the case. You can find a few exceptions in Delaware and Maryland, but it tends to end in the Virginias, where people identify more with their state or nation than a southern heritage.
U.S. Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - Minimum Wage Laws in the States
According to this data, of the dark red southern states, only North Carolina has a state minimum wage equal to the federal minimum wage. The other states often identified as being in the South have a minimum wage equal to the federal minimum wage, with the exception of Florida, which is higher. Georgia and Arkansas have a state minimum wage that is less than the federal, while, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina have no state minimum wage. North Carolina was making good economic progress, until hit with all this outsourcing of jobs. Like I pointed out, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland are 1st, 4th, and 5th in household income adjusted to the cost of living and Texas and Georgia are 12th and 18th. Missouri, which some consider a southern state is 23rd. So out of the 16 or 17 states that are considered southern, only 5 or 6 southern states have household incomes adjusted to the cost of living in the upper half. That means there are a lot of people in the South, who think they are so much better off than people in other states and they aren't. When you factor in their regressive state taxes, it's even worse.
Household income in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia