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Old 12-17-2016, 08:43 PM
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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^^^ You're comparing Los Angeles CSA to New York MSA.
New York CSA is ~23.7 million
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Old 12-18-2016, 11:05 AM
Location: Naples Island
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Orange County, CA is much, much wealthier than Orange County, FL. People are much better educated and way more career-oriented in Orange County, CA, too.

Orange County, FL is for people who have no advanced degree, hard skills or career goals and work two full-time jobs, making $10-12/hour at both, so they can afford their $1,200 monthly rent payment, $400 monthly light bill and $300 monthly auto insurance payment.
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:05 PM
Location: San Diego, CA
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florida is pretty but it doesn't cold a candle to california so no. i like manicured lawns and perfectly smooth roads in the oc neighborhoods.
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Happy in L.A. View Post
SF is a small city of 800,000 thousand, LA is a large city of over 4 million. I don't see how anyone can compare SF to NY, a city of over 8 million. A better comparison is LA to NY. Greater Metro LA is 18 million, while greater metro NY is 20 million. Both are very racially diverse cities with very big city problems.
What do you mean by that?
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:23 PM
Location: Historic West End
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Sorry but LA cannot compare to a place that is significantly smaller and less influential.
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:44 PM
Location: Orange County, CA
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The thing to remember about California coastal cities is that their size is limited by geography. If the San Francisco Bay Area had a lot more accessible land, they would have built on it and have a much larger population. Same with San Diego.

The size of the coastal shelves had a lot to do with the size of the metro area. LA not only had the large basin, but has adjacent valleys like San Fernando and San Gabriel to fill up. This brought down housing cost which brought in more development. San Diegans can't spread any father east. Have you driven on the 8? It goes through some CRAZY mountain areas. If they had an adjacent valley like LA does, it would be a much larger city. If Los Angeles suddenly had a 30 square mile peninsula rise up out of Santa Monica bay, it would solve a lot of our housing price issues. Let's get to work on that.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:41 AM
Location: Tyler, TX
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I have trouble feeling any of these comparisons. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and the east coast (particularly the further north you go) feels subtlety yet distinctly alien. It's a bit like going to Canada as an American: it sorta resembles what you're used to, but has a distinctly different vibe.

Of the three, though, I'd have to say that the NYC-SF comparison holds the most water. Urban, transit-centric, and and alive with different cultures and sights. SF is a bit more human-scale though, you have to get out of Manhattan to get a San Francisco-ish side of NYC.
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:39 PM
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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In Texas we used to say:

Dallas = LA
Houston = NYC
Corpus Christi = San Diego
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:07 PM
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Just because SF is urban doesn't mean it's the most comparable to NYC. LA is much more like NYC. But I honestly don't think ANYTHING can be compared to NYC. If we're going coastal, LA would be Miami, OC would be Orlando, and SF would be Boston. Boston is much smaller/compact. Boston and SF both have a more one-sided feud with their larger neighbor to the south. SF might be easier to navigate on public transit because of its small size, but MUNI and BART are terrible systems. SF nightlife is much worse. NYC and LA are much more comparable on the nightlife scale. LA and NYC share the entertainment/fashion industry. LA and NYC are the economic powerhouses on their respective coasts. And if you know large numbers of people in LA and/or NYC, you'll know how much of a revolving door they are with each other. Especially the Jewish populations of each. When people talk about being bi-coastal, it's almost always NYC and LA.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:40 PM
Location: North Carolina
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I can see why someone would compare SF to DC since they both fall in the same latitude, both have subways, both play a strong role in perspective coast and both are known for it's anchor cities (SF with Oakland) and (DC with PG County). I know PG isn't a town but a lot of people from the DMV talk about PG county.
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