Sorry to have hurt your feelings Cheap. But having lived in 11 states and 3 countries I've seen that indeed there are differences, the west has its own problems. But as far as the "generalization" lets look at the book "The Day America Told The Truth" by James Patterson and Peter Kim, where they did the largest survey on peoples opinions, moral beliefs and actions, crime rates, and etc. ever published.
It profiles the "Metropolis" region (NYC, DC, Philadelphia, NJ, and parts of Deleware & Maryland) as: Being first in the nation in % of unethical uployees, first in the nation in thinking about cheating on their spouses (almost tied though with the "Granary" Region on that though), far above national average in having violent sexual urges, cheating on their spuses, % of hardcore racists.
This book is well worth buying - very interesting, and again you'll find things "wrong" with every region. However there is a clear deliniation in like crime, happiness & such geographically and corresponding directly with population density. You'll see this all over the world in fact.
Old psych experiment - put too many rats in a cage, and even if they have plenty of food they start killing each other and displaying other bizarre behavior.
There are a lot of cages out there with far too many rats in them.