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Old 08-31-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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This is a term i actually just learned existed however it refers i believe to the rest of california north of the Bay Area region and sacramento.

What is is like there? Would it compare more to the pacific north-west or the bay area or is it quite unique in itself? Who do upstate californians more identify with?
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:17 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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I have never heard the term upstate California. Start with this, Northern California is about the size of Ohio, Ohio has around 5 million people. Northern California as no more than 500,000.

It is largely empty, rural, mountainous, aside from the Sacramento Valley and the north east plateau lands, it is agricultural. It is largely an economic colony of the rest of the state. It contains a number of volcanoes and the worlds smallest complete mountain range.

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Old 08-31-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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There is no such place as 'Upstate California', at least as far as common geographic terms used by most Californians.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Upstate California? Forgetaboutit that is a New York Term, as in Upstate New York. I have only ever heard Northern California, Southern California, Central California, or just California in reference to this state of ours. When I was living in Iowa I would always say I am from Southern California. Someone that I met in Iowa claimed that of the people she has met from California they would say that they are from California, unless they were from Southern California then they would say Southern California. She wanted to know why that was. I have no idea, or if other places within the state have taken to calling themselves as part of the specific region within the state. Maybe others can answer that.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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Not commenting on the correctness, or incorrectness, of the term ... just informing:
Upstate California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Upstate California Business Opportunities, Economic Development | Upstate CA EDC

Upstate California Connect Consortium

There are 122,000 hits on Google for an "upstate California" search ...
including official, .gov, California State webpages ...

I have actually heard the term numerous times.
Of course, it is also true I spend more than half my time in California in "upstate" California
Nice area of the country.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I have never heard the term upstate California. Start with this, Northern California is about the size of Ohio, Ohio has around 5 million people. Northern California as no more than 500,000.

It is largely empty, rural, mountainous, aside from the Sacramento Valley and the north east plateau lands, it is agricultural. It is largely an economic colony of the rest of the state. It contains a number of volcanoes and the worlds smallest complete mountain range.
Ohio actually has 11.5 million folks, in an area the size of "upstate California".

I'd say the area is somewhat like Oregon, once you get away from the Portland area.

Regarding population density, it seems to be more like Idaho or Montana.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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the worlds smallest complete mountain range.
Are you referring to the Sutter Buttes? I've always been intrigued by them -- too bad they're all private and can only be visited with special permission.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The Other California
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Are you referring to the Sutter Buttes? I've always been intrigued by them -- too bad they're all private and can only be visited with special permission.
You can arrange hikes through the Middle Mountain Foundation.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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This is a term i actually just learned existed however it refers i believe to the rest of california north of the Bay Area region and sacramento.

What is is like there? Would it compare more to the pacific north-west or the bay area or is it quite unique in itself? Who do upstate californians more identify with?
Couple more quick comments re: "upstate ...
"upstate" is, like all of California, very diverse ... it includes mostly cool, wet forest along the far northern coast, which is readily identifiable with the Pacific NW, where I live part of the year ... but also becomes morstly arid-ish along the I-5 northern-most corridor, somewhat reminiscent of of western states' landscape, without any real coastal feel (Weed, Yreka, etc. country) ... as one goes south to Redding along I-5 it gets hotter than blazes in summer -- while just an adventuresome short (as the crow flies) drive west drops one back on foggy, isolated coast. East of I-5 along all of this, throughout the Lassen area, is just nearly all forested wilderness until almost south to Chico. Truly a great wilderness.

The whole northern "upstate" is sparsely populated ... and the residents up there don't much identify with anybody else. They are a tribe unto themselves. Although the folks in the Eurkea / Arcata / Crescent City corner somewhat resemble true Northwesterners, what with their mossy backs and webbed feet.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of the Aux Arcs
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Without parsing terms, NorCal is simply beautiful; far more so than most of SoCal in my estimation. It contains a rugged, scenic coastline, redwoods, some quaint towns and villages, and some delightfully independent people, many of whom are as rugged as the topography. Much of it is economically depressed but you can't beat the seafood or the natural wonders.
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