Your comment applies to the US as well as far as being English goes - my husband & I both mostly grew up in Staffordshire and even though we went to good schools and our parents were reasonably affluent through mixing with local children and people in general we have retained our Staffordshire accents to some degree and they are always sneered at in the UK in certain areas. Our son is lucky to have the acceptable more refined accent.
Over here we are just 'English' and people are always saying how much they love our accents!!!
"Oh, you may be from Southern Georgia, or Alabama?" "How's the weather down there this Spring"? Then we wish one another well and part ways. :)