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View Poll Results: Is Northern California really more laid-back than Southern California?
Yes 103 38.15%
No 84 31.11%
Can't really tell the difference between the two 28 10.37%
Varies from each individual 55 20.37%
Voters: 270. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-27-2017, 12:04 AM
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Location: 130 Miles East of Sacramento, CA
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I've visited Northern California and Southern California many of times and I can't tell the difference.
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Old 04-27-2017, 02:11 PM
 
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Default Yes ... but only if you're talking about the REAL Northern Cali

Howdy from the real Northern California ... the one in the part of the state that most people forget exists. This is the home of your state's water resources, forests and logging industry, natural wonders such as Burney Falls State Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is where people tend to be a bit less wound tight and not so interested in debating the weight of the world on our way to the frosty for a dipped-cone. Fishing, hunting and hiking are big around here. We know how to be stewards of our environment without oppressive government legislation. You won't find many Gov. Brown supporters here but you wouldn't really know that since politics rarely come up in polite conversation. It's a slower, simpler life here without the chaos of big-city politics. Of course, you'll have a hard time finding us since most mental maps of CA end at the outskirts of Sacramento and you'd have to go a long way from there to find Burney. But, if you ever want to have a beer at The Buckhorn in Fall River Mills or catch the opening day of trout season with some people who will remind you what it means to really relax, come on up. We'd be happy to welcome to you the real North State.
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:06 AM
 
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Nowhere in California seems laidback compared to the Deep South. Too much traffic, crazy expensive real estate, smog, crowds, workaholic high-tech types and crazy competitive schools with Tiger moms. That's definitely not laidback by anyone's standards.

And yes, the suburbs of LA (like Irvine) are culturally carbon copies of Mountain View, Palo Alto. Maybe not as much high profile tech companies, but the fast-paced culture is there all the same.
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:45 PM
 
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Of course, you'll have a hard time finding us since most mental maps of CA end at the outskirts of Sacramento and you'd have to go a long way from there to find Burney. But, if you ever want to have a beer at The Buckhorn in Fall River Mills or catch the opening day of trout season with some people who will remind you what it means to really relax, come on up. We'd be happy to welcome to you the real North State.
Ha, I love the drive on 299 over to 395 through Burney and Fall River Mills, God's Country up there.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Howdy from the real Northern California ... the one in the part of the state that most people forget exists. This is the home of your state's water resources, forests and logging industry, natural wonders such as Burney Falls State Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is where people tend to be a bit less wound tight and not so interested in debating the weight of the world on our way to the frosty for a dipped-cone. Fishing, hunting and hiking are big around here. We know how to be stewards of our environment without oppressive government legislation. You won't find many Gov. Brown supporters here but you wouldn't really know that since politics rarely come up in polite conversation. It's a slower, simpler life here without the chaos of big-city politics. Of course, you'll have a hard time finding us since most mental maps of CA end at the outskirts of Sacramento and you'd have to go a long way from there to find Burney. But, if you ever want to have a beer at The Buckhorn in Fall River Mills or catch the opening day of trout season with some people who will remind you what it means to really relax, come on up. We'd be happy to welcome to you the real North State.
You have some magnificent coastline up there too!
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:15 AM
 
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Howdy from the real Northern California ... the one in the part of the state that most people forget exists. This is the home of your state's water resources, forests and logging industry, natural wonders such as Burney Falls State Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is where people tend to be a bit less wound tight and not so interested in debating the weight of the world on our way to the frosty for a dipped-cone. Fishing, hunting and hiking are big around here. We know how to be stewards of our environment without oppressive government legislation. You won't find many Gov. Brown supporters here but you wouldn't really know that since politics rarely come up in polite conversation. It's a slower, simpler life here without the chaos of big-city politics. Of course, you'll have a hard time finding us since most mental maps of CA end at the outskirts of Sacramento and you'd have to go a long way from there to find Burney. But, if you ever want to have a beer at The Buckhorn in Fall River Mills or catch the opening day of trout season with some people who will remind you what it means to really relax, come on up. We'd be happy to welcome to you the real North State.
This is so well said that I want to go up there and explore now!
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Old 05-03-2018, 10:06 AM
 
Location: The State Of California
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Do you feel or believe that Northern California is actually more laid-back than Southern California? Is this notion a myth or reality?
I have lived and the key word is" lived in both Southern and Northern California". You will have to answer that question on a individual town , city or county level.
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Old 05-03-2018, 11:32 AM
 
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I have lived and the key word is" lived in both Southern and Northern California". You will have to answer that question on a individual town , city or county level.
Exactly. San Francisco and Silicon Valley have a totally different pace than Napa Valley. LA has a totally different pace than Santa Barbara. Tahoe has its own pace. Palm Springs has its own pace. You can't extrapolate one city onto an entire huge part of the state. We are more of a patchwork.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Jurupa Valley, CA, USA 92509
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This is so well said that I want to go up there and explore now!
Seriously, same here!
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Old 09-14-2020, 05:01 PM
 
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Exactly. San Francisco and Silicon Valley have a totally different pace than Napa Valley. LA has a totally different pace than Santa Barbara. Tahoe has its own pace. Palm Springs has its own pace. You can't extrapolate one city onto an entire huge part of the state. We are more of a patchwork.
That said, I'd say that SF and Silicon Valley are more fast paced than LA and Orange Counties, with the exception of places like Irvine and Vertigo's, but most notably Irvine, which is growing like crazy and is a huge employment and corporate edge city with tons of highly paid, highly educated professionals and a huge Asian population to whom education is paramount, and a massive, highly ranked public research university. Irvine just moves at a much faster pace than your average LA suburb and has a culture that would fit right in the Bay Area or the DC Area.

The Inland Empire suburbs of LA are slower paced than the Orange County suburbs, land is cheaper, things are less crowded, and it's more blue collar, not as much of a competitive corporate mindset.

Palm Springs is even slower paced because it's a heavily retirement and tourist oriented economy.

SF is fast paced because of the population density being the second highest of any major US city, as well as it being the financial hub of the West. Silicon Valley is fast paced because it's the capital of tech, and no industry (except finance) changes as fast as tech. The Bay Area's astronomical cost of living also makes it more fast paced. The Bay Area is overall more fast paced than LA, and I'd even say the Bay Area is faster paced than any metro area I've been to in the US except NYC.

Except for the North Bay--Napa Valley, Marin County are heavily tourist oriented, so more of a slow pace there.

San Diego is slower paced than LA County, but I'd say is around the same level as Orange County. SD County is culturally very similar to Orange County, just less Asians.

Sacramento has a slow pace, because it is just an overwhelmingly government town. Other state capitals like Austin have some tech startups and more corporations, but Sacramento is more dominated by the government. And as you know, "government jobs" and "fast paced" never, ever, go in the same sentence.
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