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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 07-22-2008, 06:55 PM
 
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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?
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It depends where in NorCal and where in SoCal.

I think San Diego is more laid back than the Bay Area and pretty much of all of Ca's metro's.

I can't really say that LA is more laid back than the Bay Area b/c they both seem like busy rat races to me and I've never lived in LA. But the suburbs of LA seem pretty laid back and you have a beach culture there not found in the Bay Area.

Rural NorCal is pretty laid back, just as much if not more than rural SoCal. But there are a lot more rural parts of NorCal than there are of SoCal.

NorCal has better weed and seems to have a larger percentage of people that smoke so that might make it seem more laid back too.

I think it's more of a myth and it depends on what part of NorCal and SoCal you live in. Both seem to have laid back areas and busy, rat race areas.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:20 PM
 
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NorCal has better weed and seems to have a larger percentage of people that smoke so that might make it seem more laid back too.
Just say NO!
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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This simply cannot be generalized as there are too many micro environments in CA from large international cities to one horse towns out in the desert and a whole bunch of smaller to mid size towns in between.

However N. Cal., outside of SF, SJ and Sac, does have a lot more open areas especially along the nothern coast as does central CA for that matter.

For me at least the larger the population the less laid back an areas feels. There is just too much traffic, smog, noise, etc... to have a sense of 'laid back.' Of course there are always the unique indivduals who can sit through LA rush hour and listen to Hawaiian music and feel 'laid back.' But that is the exception more than the rule.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Just say NO!
Right!
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:59 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Just say NO!
give me a break...yeah alcohol is so much better for you. Don't be so judgmental about something you know little about.....
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:37 PM
 
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give me a break...yeah alcohol is so much better for you. Don't be so judgmental about something you know little about.....
I was only joking, besides I forgot to add one of these to my post.
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:47 AM
 
Location: The Powerhouse That Is California
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most people think "norcal" is slower paced...yet san francisco itself is unmatched in terms of that rushed/busy feeling especially downtown

sj feels like los angeles without hollywood
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I was only joking, besides I forgot to add one of these to my post.
ahhh, I kind thought you might be but couldn't tell really, plus sometimes I take what people say online a little too seriously occasionally.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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sj feels like los angeles without hollywood
And things to do. San Jose is extremely boring.
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