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Old 12-16-2014, 06:38 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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I can actually see why people think California (at least Southern California) and Florida are similar. Huge foreign populations, Latin American capitals (LA, Miami), tons of international tourism, massive numbers of transplants/transient population, drugs, warm climates, beaches, people portrayed as superficial (LA, Miami), gay meccas, hideous traffic.

But I think the differences are greater. Florida is pancake flat (i.e. very little comparative outdoor culture), has completely different politics than California, has a miniscule Asian population compared to California, attracts very different Latin American populations than California, is nowhere near as expensive as California, does not remotely have the money/power that California does, and has no answer to San Francisco and the Bay Area. In these latter categories, you could even say New York is more similar to California though there are still huge variances between the two states.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I can actually see why people think California (at least Southern California) and Florida are similar. Huge foreign populations, Latin American capitals (LA, Miami), tons of international tourism, massive numbers of transplants/transient population, drugs, warm climates, beaches, people portrayed as superficial (LA, Miami), gay meccas, hideous traffic.

But I think the differences are greater. Florida is pancake flat (i.e. very little comparative outdoor culture), has completely different politics than California, has a miniscule Asian population compared to California, attracts very different Latin American populations than California, is nowhere near as expensive as California, does not remotely have the money/power that California does, and has no answer to San Francisco and the Bay Area. In these latter categories, you could even say New York is more similar to California though there are still huge variances between the two states.
And even then, the differences (between CA and FL) are even more vast than that. I think people (not from either place, or only familiar with one and not both) get confused because all they see are beaches, sunshine, palm trees, and citrus groves. Florida's beach culture is very different from Southern CA's beach culture for one thing, and Florida's hot and humid tropical to subtropical climate is very different from California's mild Meditterranean coastal climate and inland desert and mountain climates. Florida feels very East coast, and California is the epitome of West coast. Two very different cultures.

A lot of people in these forums like to compare Miami and L.A., but in reality they're very different cities on so many levels. IMO, California really doesn't have a "similar" state anywhere in the country. Some states share certain California-esque qualities (AZ - transplants, suburban development, TX - size, transplants, multiple cities/metros, FL - beaches, citrus, multiple cities, OR - topography, weather, etc etc)... but love it or hate it, there really is only one California, and no other state really even comes close to being more similar than different from it.
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