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Old 05-20-2012, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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In the time I've been posting on City-Data I've noticed many negative threads and comments aimed toward California and Texas. Why is that? What is it about these states that raises so much ire? People have called California 3rd world, over crowded, an economy shot to hell and Texas is full of backwards hicks, it's current growth is a fluke blah, blah blah. But, is this really it? Do you think there is some jealousy over what these states have to offer. Let's discuss.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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When you're the most envied state you're going to have your share of haters. One thing I noticed is that those Texas and California bashers tend to not mention what state they're from.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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I'm a Nebraska football fan. I'm supposed to hate Texas. LOL In reality, I get tired of the arrogance I see regarding Texas and to a lesser extent, California. I don't really hate either state, though. If I had a chance to visit I would go and have fun. I just would never want to live in either place.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I talked to someone who lived in Texas for a while. She said the people were nice, but the stereotypes did make themselves known occasionally. Also, most of what people know about California is through television and it isn't hard to see why the rest of the country might find it unappealing in ways.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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I'm done with people on here snarling at my comments because I happen to live in California. "Oh of course you think that, you're form California". Mind reading my location? It clearly says I'm from Oregon, I just happen to live in California.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Not sure what the deal is. Being in the Army...which seems to be the #1 employer for all Texans I get picked on a lot because I'm from California by people from Texas. I've never cared either way about Texas too much other than I'm a Laker fan so I wish death upon the Spurs, Rockets and Mavericks, oh and I hate the Houston to LA comparisons! No people, Houston is NOTHING like Los Angeles

But I see a lot of negativity just from Texans towards California. THEN from everybody else in the US. I don't get it. CA is cool, it's fun, has great people, great cities, it's laid back has awesome scenery...etc. I guess we in CA watch less tv than the rest of America?
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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City-Data.com is Anti-Sunbelt.com
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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As for Texas vs CA, I look at it from an occupational standpoint.
If you're highly intelligent from the get-go and have that education, then both states will most likely work in your favor.

If you've been dealt the short-end of the stick and have just the minimal education to get by with, then Texas of course will be the better bang for the buck.

Burgers can be flipped and check-out lines could be worked anywhere.
But at least there's areas of TX where one can live close enough to an urban center and still not have to have 3+ roommates in a small apartment.

I guess another reason I favor TX and the other surrounding states in general is due to the area being easier to deal with in terms of my other job.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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I can only speak for myself, but I never think about California or Texas; I highly doubt the residents of either of those states think about Wisconsin, either.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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California and Texas are probably two of the most polarizing states in America. For everyone that hates them, there are just as many people who love them. And there is nothing wrong with that at all. I live in New York City, one of the most polarizing cities around, and I wouldn't want it to be any other way.
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