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View Poll Results: Most prestigious
Los Angeles 114 44.36%
Chicago 39 15.18%
Washington, DC 44 17.12%
San Francisco 60 23.35%
Voters: 257. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-26-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: LoS ScAnDaLoUs KiLLa CaLI
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Wait wait, you guys actually meet people and brag about where you live?

Let me know what bars/clubs you guys hang out at. I'll be sure to avoid it.

 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The real question that people actually care about is -

Would you rather have a lower standard of living in a very prestigious city? Or a higher standard of living in a less prestigious city?
 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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The real question that people actually care about is -

Would you rather have a lower standard of living in a very prestigious city? Or a higher standard of living in a less prestigious city?
Depends on how high and how low you're talking about.

150,000 in London vs $300,000 in Minneapolis? Or 50,000 in London vs $300,000 in Minneapolis?
 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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So as I was saying...

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... the Bay Area has more than twice as many upscale and prestigious suburbs.

California Cities With an Average Family Income, $200,000+, 2013 Census Bureau

Los Angeles CSA: 16 cities
$300,000+ in Red

Hidden Hills, CA $386,488
Rolling Hills, CA $325,482
Lake Sherwood, CA $321,193

Malibu, CA $281,825
Palos Verdes Estates, CA $272,871
Manhattan Beach, CA $253,037
San Marino, CA $252,904
La Canada-Flintridge, CA $252,416
Bell Canyon, CA $235,598
Beverly Hills, CA $233,202
Newport Beach, CA $226,329

Bay Area CSA: 37 cities
$300,000+ in Red

Diablo, CA $621,035
Atherton, CA $453,565
Portola Valley, CA $442,087
Hillsborough, CA $387,313
Woodside, CA $361,867
Los Altos Hills, CA $337,254
Belvedere, CA $324,380
Piedmont, CA $322,407
Kentfield, CA $316,825
Ladera, CA $304,186
Loyola, CA $303,988

Monte Sereno, CA $297,083
Tiburon, CA $290,932
West Menlo Park, CA $281,676
Ross, CA $272,454
Sleepy Hollow, CA $261,665
Norris Canyon, CA $261,219
Los Altos, CA $255,507
Orinda, CA $248,318
Stanford, CA $247,100
Blackhawk, CA $238,081
Saratoga, CA $235,274
Kenwood, CA $231,721
Emerald Lake Hills, CA $224,966
Alamo, CA $223,998
Palo Alto, CA $219,748
Mill Valley, CA $219,049
Menlo Park, CA $218,146
Black Point-Green Point, CA $216,072
Shell Ridge, CA $212,746
Acalanes Ridge, CA $210,717
Camino Tassajara, CA $209,853
Lafayette, CA $208,309
Sausalito, CA $207,945
Los Gatos, CA $205,123
Pasatiempo, CA $201,121
Castle Hill, CA $200,649
The Bay Area is 2nd to New York in the number of suburbs that have an average family income of $200,000+ and $300,000+
 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:33 AM
 
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So as I was saying...

The Bay Area is 2nd to New York in the number of suburbs that have an average family income of $200,000+ and $300,000+
Which is a useless stat because suburbs aren't equivalent in size.

The relative size of suburbs determines the relative number of suburbs that have such characteristics. The LA area generally has big suburbs and the SF area generally doesn't, so obviously median/mean wealth will be more skewed in more SF area communities.

That's why Long Island has like 20-30 times as many wealthy suburbs as Connecticut. It isn't that suburban LI is richer than CT, it's that it has more small municipalities. If anything there's probably a little more wealth in Coastal CT than on the Gold Coast of LI.

And those family income levels aren't even what we're talking about anyways.
 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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New York and San Francisco are the only two cities that appear on the SWPL list. That has got to mean something, right?

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Another secret fact about white people, if you are in group setting and the topic of New York City comes up, find the highest ranking white person and say “oh, are you from New York?”

To them, this means you are calling them cultured, cool, and urban. They will respond with something like “oh, well, I’ve spent a lot of time there,” or “I lived there for three years.” You will have instantly become more popular than all other people in the group.
#26 Manhattan (now Brooklyn too!) | Stuff White People Like

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White people like to vacation in San Francisco because it has beautiful architecture, fantastic food, and it is near the water. They like to live in San Francisco because of its abundance of Non Profit Organizations, Expensive Sandwiches, Wine, political outlook, and most importantly its diversity.

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#91 San Francisco | Stuff White People Like
 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Which is a useless stat because suburbs aren't equivalent in size.

The relative size of suburbs determines the relative number of suburbs that have such characteristics. The LA area generally has big suburbs and the SF area generally doesn't, so obviously median/mean wealth will be more skewed in more SF area communities.

That's why Long Island has like 20-30 times as many wealthy suburbs as Connecticut. It isn't that suburban LI is richer than CT, it's that it has more small municipalities. If anything there's probably a little more wealth in Coastal CT than on the Gold Coast of LI.

And those family income levels aren't even what we're talking about anyways.
Fail again. Bay Area is awash in affluence on all sides.

And where we find wealth, we find the best amenities, the best schools, the most sophisticated, best educated, most highly regarded professionals, i.e. THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS.

^ how fitting.

The Bay Area has twice as many affluent suburbs as Los Angeles, this is not news.

That's life, get over it.
 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:52 AM
 
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Then there's the old story of the salaried person who earns 50K in Indianapolis, and his counterpart might earn 80-100k in San Francisco.....for the same work. And considering the local cost of living, who's better off?
 
Old 08-26-2015, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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New York and San Francisco are the only two cities that appear on the SWPL list. That has got to mean something, right?



#26 Manhattan (now Brooklyn too!) | Stuff White People Like



#91 San Francisco | Stuff White People Like
Notice how these are urban environments.

The very best urban environments will attract not only White people, but the prestige that comes along with being a big city destination.

Downtown LA, while improving, is still quite lacking for a the CBD of a first world megacity. There is nothing prestigious about downtown LA.

On the other hand, even before you arrive in Downtown SF, it even looks prestigious from a distance. As soon as you get off the Bay Bridge, you are thrust into The City experience.

A First Class downtown with amenities and excitement is unbeatable. Being up and coming is enough.
 
Old 08-26-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Is Los Angeles a more admired city than SF?

I would imagine it would be for its weather. It's also more famous (with way more celebrities). Not sure if it is admired in any other way.

I mean, if you had to ask people if they wanted their city to be more like SF or more like LA, I think people would choose more of SF's characteristics.
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