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Old 02-25-2015, 07:52 PM
 
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Hmm, one of the more even and interesting comparisons that I've seen on CD. I would take the Seattle Metro area, because I prefer the weather. But Orange County has some fine cities as well, you can't go wrong with either.
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I was completely off about Culver City's location.
Haha I was really confused about that.


I would prefer Seattle to Orange County. There are some interesting parts of OC, but they are few and far between.
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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I really like OC including for the weather and low crime rate. Seattle is a real city with suburbs and OC is a collection of smaller cities and suburbs. I would go for Seattle as more fun and itneresting and OC for having a better climate and lower cirime (though Seattle is the 2nd lowest of any large US city in terms of violent crime).
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Old 02-26-2015, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Alameda, CA
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I lived in Orange County my entire life and always hated it. My entire family and a great group of friends kept me there for longer than I should've stayed, but I finally broke free from that place a year ago. Now that I'm in the Bay Area (which isn't much of an improvement imo), I can appreciate some of the great things that Orange County has to offer. Excellent shopping, some of the best restaurants I've ever been to (Old Vine in Costa Mesa, The Playground in Santa Ana, Bear Flag in Newport Beach, Sidecar Doughnuts in Costa Mesa), laid-back lifestyle, nice beaches, convenience, and of course, Disneyland.

That being said, I would never, ever move back. Like someone said, you spend your whole life in your car. And every other woman over the age of 60 seems to have either a plastic face or plastic boobs. It's a weird place.

Yeah, so...SEATTLE!
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:07 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Haha I was really confused about that.


I would prefer Seattle to Orange County. There are some interesting parts of OC, but they are few and far between.
It's kind of funny how some people from LA and San Diego would prefer Seattle over Orange County. I love the SoCal lifestyle and San Diego and there are a lot of similarities between SD and Orange County. But for various reasons I just don't like it and would probably pick Seattle even though I'm not exactly a big fan of certain aspects of that city either (weather, culture, etc..). Orange County just seems to concentrate most of the aspects I dislike about San Diego/SoCal without enough positives to make up for it.
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:49 PM
 
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Orange county is suburbia and should be compared with Suburbs only.. Orange county would lose in comparison to any real city like Seattle or Atlanta..
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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It's kind of funny how some people from LA and San Diego would prefer Seattle over Orange County. I love the SoCal lifestyle and San Diego and there are a lot of similarities between SD and Orange County. But for various reasons I just don't like it and would probably pick Seattle even though I'm not exactly a big fan of certain aspects of that city either (weather, culture, etc..). Orange County just seems to concentrate most of the aspects I dislike about San Diego/SoCal without enough positives to make up for it.
It is a little funny, but I think in a lot of ways my current neighborhood in Pasadena is closer to inner neighborhoods of Seattle (walkable, medium density) than most anywhere in OC. There are probably quite a few places in the Seattle metro that are similar to OC, but there is no downtown Seattle or Capitol (sp?) Hill in OC.

If it really boiled down to choosing between OC and Seattle, I'd probably pick OC but cheat and live in Long Beach and commute to OC, for familial reasons. In a vacuum with no family in CA, I think Seattle is a superior metro.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:21 AM
 
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These are two West Coast metros that offer comparatively high standards of living, by any scale but two very different urban morphologies (centralized
Are you calling the entire 4-county region "Seattle"? That includes thousand of square miles of undevelopable mountainous area, not to mention covers a very diverse range of places, including rich lily white suburbs and majority-minority low-income working class suburbs. It includes expensive, urban seattle, blue-collar, gritty Tacoma, white-trash Everett, and upscale corporate yuppie Bellevue.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Buena Park, Orange County, California
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Are you calling the entire 4-county region "Seattle"? That includes thousand of square miles of undevelopable mountainous area, not to mention covers a very diverse range of places, including rich lily white suburbs and majority-minority low-income working class suburbs. It includes expensive, urban seattle, blue-collar, gritty Tacoma, white-trash Everett, and upscale corporate yuppie Bellevue.
Yeahp. That is the Seattle MSA after all. Yet most people are comparing that small urban core of the Seattle metro to the entirety of OC. The rest of the Seattle metro must not be worth mentioning? I dont know. The comments are interesting nonetheless, but not surprising.

I doubt 3million + people all live in pedestrian paradise Capitol Hill.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:31 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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But I even find Seattle's suburbs more interesting than Orange County towns. Plus they're much much closer to Seattle's big city amenities than Orange County. I hate to be harsh but I honestly find it a place with absolutely no appeal for me. Total endless suburbia which is just not my cup of tea.
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