I'm getting really annoyed with the phrase "flyover country". I talked to a woman this past week who lived down in the Florida Keys, and she asked where I was. I told her Minnesota, and she said, "oh, flyover country" in the most dismissive tone I can imagine! When I was applying for grad school a few years back, my uncle told me about a friend of his, who upon being told that I was going to school in Minnesota, said, "Are there really any good schools between here (Massachusetts) and LA? It is all just flyover country". There are also tons of people who don't use that exact phrase, but the meaning is there when they express shock and surprise that there are national and international companies that aren't based on either coast but are in the Midwest or Mountain states.