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Old 09-05-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: New England
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Thanks for all the replies so far! The different insights are very interesting. I wondered if the "East Coast" would conjure up the more urban Northeast Megalopolis, especially NYC, or more scenic coastal regions.

I think a lot of times when East Coast vs West Coast comparisons are played, it is usually urban centric - ie. NY/DC vs LA/SF. Interesting to have a lot of iconic East Coast scenery brought into the discussion (Carolinas, New England, Florida)
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: USA
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I always thought of Maine to Florida as the eastern seaboard. But thats coming from a guy whose lived life mostly in south central and southwestern US. It appears that way to me.
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:54 PM
 
Location: WI
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Geographically, the East Coast extends from Maine to Florida - any state that touches the Atlantic ocean. Culturally, though, I always associate the East Coast with things like Democratic politics, more uptight/professional oriented culture, preppy attire, Ivy League/prestigious colleges, etc. So, Maine, NH, VT, MA, CT, NJ, MD, DC, and parts of NY, VA, and PA.
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Old 09-05-2017, 07:39 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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I'm from New England so when I think of the East Coast I think of the Northeast because if I was talking about North Carolina or South Carolina I'd call it the South even though the Carolina's are just as much on the east coast as Massachusetts.
Yeah, I think of the south east as the south on the coast more than as the east coast if that makes sense.
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:33 AM
 
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I always thought of Maine to Florida as the eastern seaboard. But thats coming from a guy whose lived life mostly in south central and southwestern US. It appears that way to me.
"Eastern seaboard" is strictly geographical and I also think of it as Maine to Florida. But as far as "East Coast," I think of it more in cultural terms as the following poster laid out:

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Geographically, the East Coast extends from Maine to Florida - any state that touches the Atlantic ocean. Culturally, though, I always associate the East Coast with things like Democratic politics, more uptight/professional oriented culture, preppy attire, Ivy League/prestigious colleges, etc. So, Maine, NH, VT, MA, CT, NJ, MD, DC, and parts of NY, VA, and PA.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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The Carolinas and Virginia
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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NY and NJ are the first states that come to mind immediately. Close seconds are FL and ME.
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Old 09-06-2017, 11:08 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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New Jersey and New York would be the first states to come to mind. For some reason a lot of people don't associate Southeast coastal states like Georgia and South Carolina with East Coast. I think more people think of Pennsylvania as East Coast (despite not having a coastline) than Georgia.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:21 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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New Jersey and New York would be the first states to come to mind. For some reason a lot of people don't associate Southeast coastal states like Georgia and South Carolina with East Coast. I think more people think of Pennsylvania as East Coast (despite not having a coastline) than Georgia.
Good point about Pennsylvania. I tend to think of it that way.
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:32 AM
 
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New Jersey and New York would be the first states to come to mind. For some reason a lot of people don't associate Southeast coastal states like Georgia and South Carolina with East Coast. I think more people think of Pennsylvania as East Coast (despite not having a coastline) than Georgia.
I just thought of this, I'm sure it's been said before though. When you see pictures of NY or Boston you see the ocean in the picures. The South has Savannah, Charleston and Wilmington but the heavy hitter cities like Atlanta and Charlotte are inland.
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