I grew up in the South, but not in the South of the USA, my South is the South of Germany. But although these 2 Souths are an ocean apart, there are some interesting similarities.
People in Northern Germany feel smarter than their Southern German counterparts and Southern Germans also have a funny dialect (speak funny) which further helps the idea that people from that area can't be that smart. People in Southern Germany also are a bit more friendly and less reserved, and life as a whole seems a bit slower too.
Does that sound familiar?