By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) -- How do people actually view the Land of Lincoln?
The graphic shown above has a lot of truth to it.
Folks in Chicago and the four collar counties--McHenry, Lake, Will and DuPage--really do think most of the state is "Downstate" or Southern Illinois.
In fact, the Chicago Sun-Times at one point officially defined "Downstate" as any place not in the Chicago metro area- (Chicago and the four previously mentioned counties).
Even Rockford was considered "Downstate." It's true:
People from the rest of Illinois seem to have the most geographically accurate view of the state.
As for the graphic that shows how people from out-of-state view Illinois, it seems pretty spot on.
A post on Reddit, where this graphic was found, said some people don't even know where Illinois is on a map and shared the following conversation
"I'm from Illinois."
"In the Midwest."
"What is it near?"
"Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa."
"I've heard of it, but I really have no idea where it is."
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