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View Poll Results: Is the Bay Area northwestern or southwestern?
The Bay Area is Northwestern 21 72.41%
The Bay Area is Southwestern 8 27.59%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-26-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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Would you say the Bay Area has more in common with Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, or Oregon, Washington and Idaho?
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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From having lived in both regions, I find it to be more Southwestern than Northwestern in terms of culture, and it's certainly more Southwestern geographically/physically speaking.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:38 PM
 
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Would you say the Bay Area has more in common with Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, or Oregon, Washington and Idaho?
I've lived in the Southwest, the Northwest, and the Bay Area. It's neither. Culturally, it has elements of both (with a slight lean towards the NW) and physically it's closer to LA than Seattle.

But, again, it's its own thing - I wouldn't put it in either category
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Paradise
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It's a close call. Cross the bridge into Marin County and then into Somoma / Mendocino, and we're talking Northwest. Head south just a tad, with Monterey and Mission San Juan Bautista and it's much more Southwest.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:42 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I think San Francisco has a lot more in common with Seattle and Portland than it does with Phoenix or Las Vegas.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:50 PM
 
Location: The Old Dominion
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Yes, to say the least. It's not remotely southwestern.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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Neither, California is really it's own region. When most people refer to the Southwest they are most often talking about Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and maybe very west Texas. Far northern California feels like part of the Northwest--the deserts to the east of LA feel very Southwestern. But even coastal Southern California isn't truly part of the Southwest, despite being geographically so.

The Mediterranean climate, culture, and cityscapes are much different in the Bay Area than either the Southwest or Northwest--though in some ways there's more similarities with the Northwestern cities than the Southwestern cities.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Neither. The Bay Area is not SW or NW. Id say West or California.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I think San Francisco has a lot more in common with Seattle and Portland than it does with Phoenix or Las Vegas.
I think this is the key point. When we say "southwest," that doesn't just mean Los Angeles and San Diego. It also includes Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, etc. While San Francisco may have more in common with Los Angeles than with Seattle and Portland, it certainly has more in common with the northwest as a whole than with the southwest as a whole.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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if I had to make such a choice, I wouldn't bat an eye lash: San Francisco is totally more akin to the northwest than the southwest.

but there is a flaw in the question:

California in general and San Diego in particular marks the southwest corner of the United States. But California is not a southwestern state by any measure. It's California and that does not make it places like Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
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