My friends and I are planning a road trip which takes us to a small town in Kansas, while passing through similarly small towns in the states we will encounter. NJ -> KS.
From reading previous forum pages (dated approximately 2003-2007) I have come to a general consensus that people are not welcoming of outsiders in these small towns. I am a little bit apprehensive now thinking that going to these small towns (population < 1500) isn't a great idea.
Coming from a suburban town in New Jersey, I am highly facinated with meeting new people with different life styles than mine.
Additionally, when doing research I was brought up with the point saying that you have to look like them to be accepted. (I am not trying to move there, but just pass through their towns iwthout confrontation. I am Indian (but look white) and my friend is Filipino.