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Old 11-05-2015, 06:58 PM
 
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The West Coast is very beautiful but all of the influential business people and artists move there from the east.

Without a steady flow of MA and NY (and internationally) educated people, it would be a backwater.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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The West Coast is very beautiful but all of the influential business people and artists move there from the east.

Without a steady flow of MA and NY (and internationally) educated people, it would be a backwater.
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Old 11-05-2015, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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i'm italian so i'd like to know: what are the main differences (people, lifestyle...) between these areas?
The East Coast is Maine to Florida- so half of that is "South"

There is more snobbiness on the East Coast- whether you're in Virginia or South Carolina or New England states. West Coast is more Hippie. The South/Southwest is very laid back and friendly.


These are generals.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:29 PM
 
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East Coast - urban near the Atlantic, rural and wooded inland, liberal both in urban and rural areas, very "keep it real" culture, delis, lots of ethnic white as well as Carribbean and Latin American influence. Very cold in the winter and warm to hot in the summer. Lots of pre-1900 houses and buildings.

Midwest - Largely Germanic/Nordic, African American and eastern European. People range from extroverted and religious in the south to reserved and a bit more secular in the north and are generally friendly aside from in Chicago, but maybe a bit narrow minded and judgmental in some ways. Bitterly cold winters and hot humid summers. Lots of casserole dishes. Politically a mixed bag ranging from quite liberal in Minnesota and parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa to very conservative in Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, the Dakotas and Kansas. Lots of early/mid 20th century homes.

South - Mostly African American and Anglo culture. People are very friendly, though not always in a sincere way. Despite the reputation for racism, not really worse than the rest of the country, just more interaction between black and white people. People tend to be religious but still engage in a lot of "sinful" behavior like premarital sex and drinking. Lots of rural residents. Politically conservative, but with some important liberal areas like New Orleans and Asheville. Homes tend to be older in the colonial cities like Richmond and Savannah and newer in the more western and "New South" areas.

West - Predominantly suburban population with most of the housing stock built between about 1955 and 2005. Mexican influence is very visible outside of Idaho and Montana, and some towns feel more Hispanic than not, such as Nogales and Yakima. People are very polite, but not friendly and it's easy to feel like nobody cares about your well being. Less of a "society" compared to other regions, more individualistic and clique-ish. Cold snowy winters inland, mild wet winters near the coast, and hot dry summers everywhere aside from the beach. Political climate tends to be socially liberal and fiscally conservative.
I haven't lived (but have traveled to in small doses though) in any other region other than Southern California, so I'm not one to argue any accuracy issues, but I thought that was pretty good!

My parents of Finnish ancestry did bring some upper midwest habits though along with them to California though... Pasties, (meat pies) and saunas!
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:21 PM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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East Coast - urban near the Atlantic, rural and wooded inland, liberal both in urban and rural areas, very "keep it real" culture, delis, lots of ethnic white as well as Carribbean and Latin American influence. Very cold in the winter and warm to hot in the summer. Lots of pre-1900 houses and buildings.

Midwest - Largely Germanic/Nordic, African American and eastern European. People range from extroverted and religious in the south to reserved and a bit more secular in the north and are generally friendly aside from in Chicago, but maybe a bit narrow minded and judgmental in some ways. Bitterly cold winters and hot humid summers. Lots of casserole dishes. Politically a mixed bag ranging from quite liberal in Minnesota and parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa to very conservative in Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, the Dakotas and Kansas. Lots of early/mid 20th century homes.

South - Mostly African American and Anglo culture. People are very friendly, though not always in a sincere way. Despite the reputation for racism, not really worse than the rest of the country, just more interaction between black and white people. People tend to be religious but still engage in a lot of "sinful" behavior like premarital sex and drinking. Lots of rural residents. Politically conservative, but with some important liberal areas like New Orleans and Asheville. Homes tend to be older in the colonial cities like Richmond and Savannah and newer in the more western and "New South" areas.

West - Predominantly suburban population with most of the housing stock built between about 1955 and 2005. Mexican influence is very visible outside of Idaho and Montana, and some towns feel more Hispanic than not, such as Nogales and Yakima. People are very polite, but not friendly and it's easy to feel like nobody cares about your well being. Less of a "society" compared to other regions, more individualistic and clique-ish. Cold snowy winters inland, mild wet winters near the coast, and hot dry summers everywhere aside from the beach. Political climate tends to be socially liberal and fiscally conservative.
Very well-written. Your take on the West region are my thoughts exactly, especially the bolded statement. And I'll add that a lot of the people who settled in the West, either decades ago or more recently, were folks who wanted to escape typical society on the East. This could range from trying to get away from tradition & morals, to get away from the rat race, marrying someone of another race, etc. As a result of that, urbanized areas on the West Coast became these politically correct outlets where people are hesitant to get to know you and definitely resistant to deep, meaningful conversations with people outside of family. Offending someone is perhaps the worst crime a person can commit while out West. San Francisco is a prime example of a once glorified refuge for "outcasts" that has now maxed out it's youthful wildchild allure. It has become nothing more than an expensive town that caters mostly to wealthy IT professionals with a rat race of it's own.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:49 AM
 
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South - Mostly African American and Anglo culture. People are very friendly, though not always in a sincere way.
This is something I keep reading(not always sincere), I think this is just people simply not being used to how things are down here. You are in a new place, with new people, who have different ways about them, so I think people say this based off a little paranoia, based off not knowing people and thinking that some how that people's friendliness has some type of ill will behind it.
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Old 11-07-2015, 11:17 AM
 
Location: The South
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I haven't lived (but have traveled to in small doses though) in any other region other than Southern California, so I'm not one to argue any accuracy issues, but I thought that was pretty good!

My parents of Finnish ancestry did bring some upper midwest habits though along with them to California though... Pasties, (meat pies) and saunas!
Pasties are very good. This from a Southern man.
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Old 11-09-2015, 02:15 PM
 
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This is something I keep reading(not always sincere), I think this is just people simply not being used to how things are down here. You are in a new place, with new people, who have different ways about them, so I think people say this based off a little paranoia, based off not knowing people and thinking that some how that people's friendliness has some type of ill will behind it.
It's not really that, it's more that being friendly in the South is a default so people are friendly even to people they dislike sometimes. I think most of the friendliness down South is sincere.
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Old 11-09-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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My parents of Finnish ancestry did bring some upper midwest habits though along with them to California though... Pasties, (meat pies) and saunas!
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Pasties are very good. This from a Southern man.
Pasties are an English thing if I'm not mistaken...not a ton of English descendants up here. Or do the Finns have their own version of a pastie? They're not particularly popular in Minnesota, at least.
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