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Old 08-07-2016, 02:36 AM
 
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The cultural comparison between East Coast vs West Coast is nothing new. But what is East Coast culture exactly?

East Coast vs West Coast is often interpreted as California vs New York City. However, we all know East Coast include more than a dozen states from Maine to Florida, NYC culture doesn't represent East Coast culture as a whole.

I am curious about the cultural comparison between West Coast(WA,OR,CA,HI,AK) vs East Coast(from ME to FL). The most difficult part is the definition of East Coast culture.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:14 AM
 
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The cultural comparison between East Coast vs West Coast is nothing new. But what is East Coast culture exactly?

East Coast vs West Coast is often interpreted as California vs New York City. However, we all know East Coast include more than a dozen states from Maine to Florida, NYC culture doesn't represent East Coast culture as a whole.

I am curious about the cultural comparison between West Coast(WA,OR,CA,HI,AK) vs East Coast(from ME to FL). The most difficult part is the definition of East Coast culture.
Is there an all encompassing West Coast culture?
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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Both coasts are divided
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:42 AM
 
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East Coast culture is only invoked when someone is trying to place Buffalo or Pittsburgh in the Midwest.

Having lived in NYC, Boston and DC, I can assure you that every East Coast metro is quite different.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:04 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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The cultural comparison between East Coast vs West Coast is nothing new. But what is East Coast culture exactly?

East Coast vs West Coast is often interpreted as California vs New York City. However, we all know East Coast include more than a dozen states from Maine to Florida, NYC culture doesn't represent East Coast culture as a whole.

I am curious about the cultural comparison between West Coast(WA,OR,CA,HI,AK) vs East Coast(from ME to FL). The most difficult part is the definition of East Coast culture.
Well the East Coast is known for its vacation house/condo culture. There is that. There is also a lot of support for historical preservation.

But for the most part, the East Coast is divided by two major regions - North and South, with the Upper South perhaps being a blend of the two. The South has its own major subdivision of American culture while the Northeast (along with the Midwest) is much more involved with the weather and the change of seasons, traditions and holidays.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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East Coast culture is only invoked when someone is trying to place Buffalo or Pittsburgh in the Midwest.

Having lived in NYC, Boston and DC, I can assure you that every East Coast metro is quite different.
Different, but similar if that makes sense. East coast to me is blunt, congested and multi cultural. You can drive through 5 states in 5 hours. Love it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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Different, but similar if that makes sense. East coast to me is blunt, congested and multi cultural. You can drive through 5 states in 5 hours. Love it.
The bolded is a relatively recent development. Too recent for me to call it part of East Coast culture. NY, Boston and DC have been diverse for a while, but diversity outside of those cities metros is less than a generation old.

There are regional east coast cultures, but no clear overriding east coast culture. The diversity of East Coast cultures is even more acute in Black communities. Black New York is very different from Black Philadelphia, which is very different from Black Baltimore, which, believe it or not, is different from Black DC.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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Different, but similar if that makes sense. East coast to me is blunt, congested and multi cultural. You can drive through 5 states in 5 hours. Love it.
Not always, if you are in Miami, you will still be in Florida after 5 hours' drive.

The perception of East Coast seems to be synonymous to Northeast.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:33 AM
 
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Is there an all encompassing West Coast culture?
Hardly.

I think the East Coast/West Coast division doesn't make sense culturally. PNW culture is on their own, HI and AK are probably even more unique.

Seismically, states along the West Coast are quite similar. Maybe there's some kind of all encompassing earthquake culture.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:33 AM
 
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East coast to me is Maine to the DC area.
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