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View Poll Results: Riverside-San Bernardino MSA vs. Phoenix MSA?
Riverside-San Bernardino MSA 21 52.50%
Phoenix MSA 19 47.50%
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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Both these metro areas are conservative, Inland dry desert areas that have been growing extremely fast as of late. From 2000-2010, both areas went from having 3.2 million to 4.3 million people, growing at a rate of a staggering 29% in 10 years.

Which area would you rather live in based on this criteria?

Climate?
Urbanity?
Access to Different Areas?
Diversity?
Economy?
Cost of Living?
Quality of Life?
Anything Else?
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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They both seem a lot alike anyways, but just that one is in California and one is in Arizona.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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Both these metro areas are conservative, Inland dry desert areas that have been growing extremely fast as of late. From 2000-2010, both areas went from having 3.2 million to 4.3 million people, growing at a rate of a staggering 29% in 10 years.

Which area would you rather live in based on this criteria?

Climate?
Urbanity?
Access to Different Areas?
Diversity?
Economy?
Cost of Living?
Quality of Life?
Anything Else?
The Riverside-San Bernardino MSA is part of the LA CSA, and really is an extension of the LA area.

Phoenix very much is a standalone city/metro area.

As far as access to different areas, well Riverside-San Bernardino obviously wins hands down being close to LA.

And really the Inland Empire (as its really called) is not really in a true desert. Its on the drier side of Mediterranean. Its not until you get a little further east in Palm Springs is where it becomes true desert.

Other than that, yeah, I guess you might say they have a lot in common.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:20 PM
 
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The Riverside-San Bernardino MSA is part of the LA CSA, and really is an extension of the LA area.

Phoenix very much is a standalone city/metro area.

As far as access to different areas, well Riverside-San Bernardino obviously wins hands down being close to LA.

And really the Inland Empire (as its really called) is not really in a true desert. Its on the drier side of Mediterranean. Its not until you get a little further east in Palm Springs is where it becomes true desert.

Other than that, yeah, I guess you might say they have a lot in common.
Agreed there's way more trees, green hillsides, on average less heat, more rain, and would say even more urban and dense.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:48 PM
 
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Agreed there's way more trees, green hillsides, on average less heat, more rain, and would say even more urban and dense.
Actually, according to the US census, Phoenix has a more dense urban area than Riverside-San Bernardino

USA Urbanized Areas Over 500,000: 2000 Rankings

Phoenix: 3,638 ppsm
Riverside-San Bernardino: 3,434
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:08 AM
 
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Actually, according to the US census, Phoenix has a more dense urban area than Riverside-San Bernardino

USA Urbanized Areas Over 500,000: 2000 Rankings

Phoenix: 3,638 ppsm
Riverside-San Bernardino: 3,434
That's because San Bernardino and riverside like LA have large areas of the city living on the hillsides.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:27 AM
 
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Tough call. If one can avoid the sketchy sections of "the 909," I'd go Riverside-San Bernardino. There is Metrolink rail service to Los Angeles in place for commuters. It really is part of the Los Angeles conurbation. Not only that, Riverside metro typically picks up the Coachella Valley. Better that than Phoenix.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:36 AM
 
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Pass.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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If I had a gun pointed to my head and was forced to be exiled to either area, I'd choose Phoenix. Less taxes than California, lesser cost of living, just as far to Las Vegas, and has a more stand alone identity than the Inland Empire.

However, in the real world, I'd be caught dead before living in either place.
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