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Old 12-05-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Probably California.

But most people in the world don't know that many U.S. states are wealthier per capita and more developed than California.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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I used to live in California. I was born in New York (upstate) and now live in HI (also spent some time in Maine... which is not so well known on the world scene). I'm going abroad in March (Canada-UK-Spain-Switzerland). I guess I'll have to try saying all 3 places and see which generates the most buzz... I'll report back with results
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I've found that most southern California natives know a lot less about US geography and cities than people from other places, and have traveled a lot less. My theory is in there mind there home has everything and anything you could ever want along with the "cool" factor. So most don't visit or ever think about other places, or at least not as much as people from less cool places.

On the other hand all the New Yorkers I've ever known were very cultured and aware of the rest of the nation outside of just there small corner called the Tri-State. Most of them knew a lot about small towns in the Midwest and south, there culture, and or had visited them or planned to.
^ That wasn't my experience living in Socal or NYC at all. Both areas have huge numbers of non-natives, whether they're from other parts of the US or abroad, so you're about as likely to meet someone from small town Minnesota or Wyoming in LA or SD as you are NYC.

NYC natives tend to be fairly well culturally-minded, but more provincial; they may have learned Spanish or Chinese, they may love falafel and sushi, but they have no idea that all this stuff is represented in other US cities as well to the degree that it is.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Milwaukee -where the king of cool ( the other one) hails from.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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In China, California is hands-down the coolest state, and LA is the coolest city hands-down. NYC and SF are probably tied for second place. Boston and Chicago would take up third.

It's interesting that because of the massive number of Chinese-Americans or Chinese immigration to the US, I hear more people mention San Diego, Sacramento, Orange County, etc than Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, etc.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:30 PM
 
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In Australia the coolest places in the USA is California, Hawaii and New York City.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:37 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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When someone asks me where I am from I usually say Los Angeles or California. I am technically a resident of Nevada, and I have noticed a more excited reaction when I say I am from Vegas, but I am only there a few weeks per year at most, and feel more at home in California. My impression in Asia is that most people don't know the difference between places, so I don't think any region is "coolest" over there.
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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Probably California.

But most people in the world don't know that many U.S. states are wealthier per capita and more developed than California.
California is just too generic. I think a cool place would be Texas. Only speaking for where I live though.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:41 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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I've found that most southern California natives know a lot less about US geography and cities than people from other places, and have traveled a lot less. My theory is in there mind there home has everything and anything you could ever want along with the "cool" factor. So most don't visit or ever think about other places, or at least not as much as people from less cool places.

On the other hand all the New Yorkers I've ever known were very cultured and aware of the rest of the nation outside of just there small corner called the Tri-State. Most of them knew a lot about small towns in the Midwest and south, there culture, and or had visited them or planned to.
This is so absolutely true IMO. Southern Californians (and I'm glad you specified southern) are the most insular people I have ever encountered, this is especially true here in the San Diego area.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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California seems like a Country in itself.
It pretty much feels that way especially when you leave the state.

Anyway, from the reaction from foreigners, I agree that California seems like the coolest place in the US to them. I think this has to do with the obvious things California is known for but it may also be that many recognize that politically, CA is a bit more like other places around the world and is quite different from the rest o the US.

Of course, New York City also carries a lot of weight to others around the world too. Like someone else said, it's really our true capital.
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