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View Poll Results: Is the West Coast rich or poor by average US standards?
Rich 20 68.97%
Poor 9 31.03%
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:29 PM
 
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The West is the Gold Coast, California in particular is where they say the American Dream is achieved. Having been to other regions & states in my opinion the West is way more Advanced than the rest of the country ,Better weather,Better food,Better Quality of life,Better World class cities & Entertainment ,L.A,Honolulu, San Diego, Las vegas, San Francisco, Seattle in one region is Golden.I would list the South as the 2nd best Region due to Atlanta, New orleans,Houston & Miami also being world class cities, The Northeast basically has Nyc ,D.c & Philly as their main top cities & isn't big enough to compete with the West & South. And the Eastcoast weather is terrible in comparison.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Boston
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People out west are wayy more vain and apt to complain. DisregArding the fact that they hAve better weather cheAper food higher wages as well as much newer infrastructure.

Most of the poor. People out west are Mexican immigrants and their children...many here illegally so you'd expect them to be poor. Or people who choose to live a woodsy/deserty simple life.

Go to some old rustbelt cities in the midwest or some rundown mill cities in new England or the rurAL south or a mid Atlantic inner city. That is where you will find true multi generational purely American poverty. The west is isolated and the "native" Anglo's and blacks out there tend to live better than they do elsewhere. Except maybe whites in the northeast...Texas west of Dallas is the west.
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:46 AM
 
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People out west are wayy more vain and apt to complain. DisregArding the fact that they hAve better weather cheAper food higher wages as well as much newer infrastructure.
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Cheaper food and better infrastructure? I would like to see a cite for that because my experience is it's the opposite. Higher wages depends on the field, if you are a bartender or a waiter definitely but it seems like relative to the cost of living most jobs out West pay less and give fewer hours and benefits.
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:29 AM
 
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The West is the Gold Coast, California in particular is where they say the American Dream is achieved. Having been to other regions & states in my opinion the West is way more Advanced than the rest of the country ,Better weather,Better food,Better Quality of life,Better World class cities & Entertainment ,L.A,Honolulu, San Diego, Las vegas, San Francisco, Seattle in one region is Golden.I would list the South as the 2nd best Region due to Atlanta, New orleans,Houston & Miami also being world class cities, The Northeast basically has Nyc ,D.c & Philly as their main top cities & isn't big enough to compete with the West & South. And the Eastcoast weather is terrible in comparison.
Lmao the tiny area that is the northeast has almost 60 million people. It has the same population as the entire west coast plus Nevada and Arizona. NYC stands alone in this world. DC has a higher GDP than the Bay Area. Philly has a higher GDP than Seattle and Boston higher than Seattle. If you just take the quickest look at the rankings, the northeast has 4 cities with a top 10 GDP. The entire western US only has 2. The northeast is by far the most important and influential tiny piece of land in the entire world. We're talking about a region with a smaller land area than many European countries.

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Old 06-01-2015, 03:11 PM
 
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The BEA has supposedly real income data. The West is generally poorer, with exceptions such as the Bay Area, Puget Sound, etc.
BEA: News Release: Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2008-2012

Personally...the West is richer in landscapes I can't keep in a bank account, or compare to my neighbors.
Parts of the West are beautiful, but a lot of it is pretty dull too. I think the Midwest is generally more scenic than Nevada or Wyoming, even the "dull" states like Kansas and the Dakotas.
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Regardless, I think the West Coast, especially bay area north has a much higher quality of life, even if you're poor or homeless. My opinion.
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:23 PM
 
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Regardless, I think the West Coast, especially bay area north has a much higher quality of life, even if you're poor or homeless. My opinion.
Try actually being homeless. I've slept on the streets a couple of nights before, it's not fun trust me. And while the PNW doesn't get as extremely cold as back east or the middle of the country it's still plenty cold and wet enough to die from exposure to the cold most of the year.
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:36 PM
 
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Regardless, I think the West Coast, especially bay area north has a much higher quality of life, even if you're poor or homeless. My opinion.
lol don't know about that.

I live in NH 1 hour to Boston and 5 miles to the ocean. The median income in this town is 70k and the median home is 235k. Not unreasonable at all. No sales tax, no income tax, no seat belt law, no helmet law. Big yard and a well full of spring water. Hard to complain too much.
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, NYC
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Let's see according to GaWC:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/world2012t.html

Alpha++:
New York City

Alpha:
Chicago
Los Angeles

Alpha-:
San Francisco
Washington D.C.
Miami
Boston
Atlanta

Beta+:
Dallas
Philadelphia
Houston

Beta-:
Minneapolis
Cleveland
Seattle
Denver
San Diego

So depending on what you include in the definition of the West or North East or East, and the weighting you provided based on this ranking (and real GDP contribution).

If I allocate 5 pts for Alpha++ and 1pt for Beta-, I get 9 pts for West and 13 pts for East excluding South East.
Even if I dismiss Washington D.C., it's still 10 pts just with the North East vs the whole West coast.

Isn't that interesting to notice?

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Old 06-01-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Overall, the West is about average. It's not notably richer than average, like the Northeast, or poorer than average, like the South.
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