since i cant post on your thread greg, i will have to make my remarks here. granted diagonal is in the southwest corner of the state and those counties are amongst the poorest in the state. it is the shitter as far economics.
but, if one were to gauge the states geopraphical content as you have divided it, one would see that SW iowa leads the state in consumption of beer. the area you have deemed the best, northeast, consumes the most wine coolers. i dont think i need to say more.