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View Poll Results: DMV metro area or LA metro area?
DMV - 5.8 mil 29 31.87%
LA - 9.8 mil 62 68.13%
Voters: 91. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-17-2015, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Are you serious lol the Washington dc - Baltimore corridor have way higher ranked schools versus Los angeles - orange county corridor. University of Maryland, American, George Washington, John Hopkins, US Naval Academy, Catholic, Howard, St. Mary's College of Maryland. All ranked colleges. Univ of MD is has the 2nd highest coming out of college salary at 55k (public universities), only other higher one is UC Berkeley. Howard university is the first historically black college in the united states.
That list isn't more impressive than LA's, even with the non-MSA schools you added. Caltech, UCLA, USC, UC-Irvine, Pepperdine, plus all the great public and liberal arts colleges.

Cute tidbit about Maryland, is that to hide the fact that UCLA easily outranks it? UCLA rated world's No. 2 public university in international rankings | UCLA

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No, I meant hat LA is desolated, it's run down too though. There are a lot of vacant buildings and empty spots that need to be filled. Just because there are people everywhere you look doesn't mean the town doesn't look desolate. Then those plastic signs...

desolate

VERB
[ ˈdesəˌlāt ]




verb: desolate third person present: desolates past tense: desolated past participle: desolated present participle: desolating

  1. make (a place) bleakly and depressingly empty or bare:
    "the droughts that desolated the dry plains"
When I think of the word "desolate", places like Gary, Camden, and East St. Louis come to mind, not Los Angeles. Los Angeles, as I noted earlier, is far more built out than DC by virtually any metric. Is LA shopworn? Sure. Bare and empty?! Not a chance.

How'd you manage to look up the word and still not know what it means?

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Old 04-17-2015, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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There are a lot of things that the DMV area has advantage over LA, transit, better schools (on all levels), quality of living, higher paying jobs, more educated work force, centralized EC location bordering two major regions of the U.S., rather than being "stuck in SoCal" and a plane ride away from the next region, you can just drive two hours north or south. Traffic in LA is worse and the region is too spread out to consider a "city" it's almost a small country as widespread as Los Angeles region is. There is very little cohesion in those far flung areas of LA just massive amounts of sprawl, which does not make a city/metro "better."

With that said Los Angeles by most people's opinion will probably considered "better" simply in the eyes of the media. That city is marketed to be a "destination" type of place where they market DC as a "government town" although that is not hardly all the DC metro area brings to the table since it is one of the more diverse metros with LA included. Even more diverse than places like Chicago etc.

The DC area is a top 5 metro, LA is obviously larger, but let's not act like as a whole DC's metro doesn't punch well above its weight because it does.
Why be in a city around two tiny dirty rivers when you can live in an area with miles of endless Pacific Ocean. LA blows DC away in just about everything. Food, cultural amenities, nightlife, shopping, festivals, diversity, recreational amenities. Why be in summertime oppressive heat and humidity and where people try to party at night with their shiny, sweaty faces in summertime night time heat and humidity. It truly is like a swamp. Look a little different from the very conservatively dressed Washingtonian and watch how they stare. Watch how the black DC professional crowd only hang out amongst themselves and no one else and when they come and visit you outside of their box they still want to only hang out with people similar to their DC folks. It's like that's all they know. I lived in DC for a long time and honestly got tired of it and left. I had fun at times but just got tired of the boring, stiff, snooty people. LA imo is on another level. It's a melting pot of everything which to me makes it far more interesting and fun to live in.
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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LA squeezes 17 million in about 5-6k sq miles, Chicago fits 9 million in about 8k sq miles.
Los Angeles Packs 18.6 million in about 3,700 squared miles of built up environment (about 5,000 people per squared mile)

Chicago packs 9.9 million in about 2,200 squared miles of built up environment (about 4500 people per squared mile)
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Los Angeles Packs 18.6 million in about 3,700 squared miles of built up environment (about 5,000 people per squared mile)

Chicago packs 9.9 million in about 2,200 squared miles of built up environment (about 4500 people per squared mile)

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Demographia Urban Area Population and World Rank (2010 census)
18. Los Angeles - 2432 sq miles, 14.7 million, 6300ppsm
37. Chicago - 2647 sq miles, 9.02 million, 3400ppsm
77. Washington DC - 1322 sq miles, 4.9 million, 3500ppsm

Even if you combined Chicago and DC, you still wouldn't match the population of LA, much less the density. LA sure is "desolate", huh?

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Old 04-18-2015, 12:13 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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1. LA CSA is almost twice the size of Chicago

2. Those metro areas are both more dense, and more importantly have way better transit, a la DC. In fact NY, Chi, DC are probably the top 3 metro areas in the country in transit, LA is currently way behind each.
LA is certainly way behind in transit compared to NYC, Chicago, and DC as a metro but it's much denser overall.

I do agree it's sprawl, but it's very dense sprawl unlike anything else in this country. You don't really realize how dense LA is (in my opinion) until you get farther and farther away from the actual city of LA!

Very unique!
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Old 04-18-2015, 02:26 AM
 
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As if anyone really wants to live in DC? Please, most people live in DC because they *HAVE* to due work, school, or other obligations -- no one lives there because they *WANT* to. If people actually wanted to live in the DMV, it wouldn't be one of the most transient major metropolitan areas in the entire country.
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:57 AM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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LA squeezes 17 million in about 5-6k sq miles, Chicago fits 9 million in about 8k sq miles.
LA CSA is 18.5 million in 34,000 sq mi. By far the largest sprawling metro region in the country, maybe in the hemisphere.

Greater Los Angeles Area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

That's larger than countries like, Austria, Czech Republic, and Serbia.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: 98004 / 30327
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LA CSA is 18.5 million in 34,000 sq mi. By far the largest sprawling metro region in the country, maybe in the hemisphere.

Greater Los Angeles Area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
True. But 13 million of them live in an area less than 4,900 sq miles. I would imagine 17 million do live within 5,000 - 6,000 sq miles like the other poster suggested.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:09 AM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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As if anyone really wants to live in DC? Please, most people live in DC because they *HAVE* to due work, school, or other obligations -- no one lives there because they *WANT* to. If people actually wanted to live in the DMV, it wouldn't be one of the most transient major metropolitan areas in the entire country.
Lol that's probably the funniest thing I've heard all week. So people must not "want" to live in Miami either as its one of the most transient metro's in the country as well.

http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/in...ransient-city/
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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True. But 13 million of them live in an area less than 4,900 sq miles. I would imagine 17 million do live within 5,000 - 6,000 sq miles like the other poster suggested.
LA has some density, but we're getting off topic here... How much of that population (percentage) is close to quality transit compared to DC or Chicago? That's a huge quality of life factor.
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