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Old 01-17-2017, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Having lived on both sides of the United States there is one particular funny thing I've noticed. Obviously this is just an opinion and there are pro's and con's to both sides.

In the Eastern United States things move much faster. People seem to simply get things at a much quicker pace and be in more of a rush. There are less formalities in the society.The flip side to this is that as soon as you meet many people in the Eastern US they automatically want to know your age, career, marital status, kids, house, etc.... Where are you on the racetrack?

In the Western United States it takes FOREVER and a day for people to get things done. The people are much more of a "I'll get to it" attitude. There are a lot more formalities to getting to know people. However in the Western US when you meet people they aren't really concerned w/ your age, career, marital status, kids, house, etc.... They are much more of a live and let live culture.

What has been your experience if you've lived a couple of years on both sides of the US?
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Old 01-17-2017, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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I've lived in New York City and now New Mexico. One of the things that most appealed originally was this relaxed pace here after the frenzy of New York. It was something to look forward to.

However once here, I noticed that there is downturn to this at the same time. The "mañana" attitude can be trying as things can take forever to get done. Once spoiled by the frenetic, but "get things done" pace of NY, it can be trying to get used to the pace here.
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:32 PM
 
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I assume you mean the Mountain West, not the West Coast. The West Coast can be laid back, but much of it is analytical, schedule driven, etc.

The truth is each area has a lot of subcultures (based on profession etc.) and they act differently even while they live among each other.

One difference is that in the West (coast or otherwise), the rich guy in the meeting wears something comfortable, and the people assisting him might wear suits. And many of us regular office people wear jeans and golf shirts, and shave when the mood hits us.
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I'm originally from Erie, PA, briefly moved to Phoenix, AZ and have now returned home. While Erie is not the go-to example of an East Coast city, I could really feel the difference living out West.


Everything out there was kind of "go with the flow". Meanwhile in my small city of 100,000 I feel more "rush" and hustle and bustle. I don't think it has anything to do with the population at all.
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Old 01-17-2017, 10:28 PM
 
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I assume you mean the Mountain West, not the West Coast. The West Coast can be laid back, but much of it is analytical, schedule driven, etc.

The truth is each area has a lot of subcultures (based on profession etc.) and they act differently even while they live among each other.

One difference is that in the West (coast or otherwise), the rich guy in the meeting wears something comfortable, and the people assisting him might wear suits. And many of us regular office people wear jeans and golf shirts, and shave when the mood hits us.
Agreed, in my field attire as well as hierarchies are much more formal on the East Coast. Clients on the East Coast seem much more interested in pedigree(which Ivy did you go to?) and that you look the part (suit, tie, etc) than the West Coast, where pedigree isn't completely ignored, but clients are more interested in your portfolio of professional accomplishments than whether you went to an Ivy or look like you are from Central Casting. I still feel like we are productive and have a deadlines, even if we aren't wearing ties. I wonder if the E. Coast bias towards formality makes people with an East Coast mindset look at people not wearing a suit and assume that they are less productive or organized. Or maybe the OP isn't talking about LA/Bay Area/Seattle.
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