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Old 02-28-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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I've been to both places. And South Florida feels more Northeastern Transplant mixed with Caribbean culture so the locals are a bit more ruder and in your face, while Southern California mixes up with West Coast, Pacific Rim, and Mexican culture with a more laid back live and let live type of culture.

So, to whoever has been to both places. What are the biggest cultural differences you noticed between the two areas?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I've been to both places. And South Florida feels more Northeastern Transplant mixed with Caribbean culture so the locals are a bit more ruder and in your face, while Southern California mixes up with West Coast, Pacific Rim, and Mexican culture with a more laid back live and let live type of culture.

So, to whoever has been to both places. What are the biggest cultural differences you noticed between the two areas?

Pretty much nailed it. I've also noticed the spanish has different "accents"
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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I've been to both places. And South Florida feels more Northeastern Transplant mixed with Caribbean culture so the locals are a bit more ruder and in your face, while Southern California mixes up with West Coast, Pacific Rim, and Mexican culture with a more laid back live and let live type of culture.

So, to whoever has been to both places. What are the biggest cultural differences you noticed between the two areas?
I pretty much agree. I'm not sure if you meant this by "Pacific Rim" but I'll also add that there is a substantial Asian presence in SoCal which as far as I know is pretty much nonexistent or at least much more diminished in South Florida. There are definitely Northeastern Transplants in SoCal as well, along with transplants from pretty much everywhere else in the US.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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i agree with the previous posts.
There is a sultrier, more tropical aura/ feel in South Florida too. Seems more dangerous and ghetto overall imo too compared to SoCal. Also the Latino mix is different- Cuban vs Mexican...nonexistent Asian presence...and more "old" people in general whether they're from the NE or Midwest or Eastern Canada. Overall there is a "Northeastern" flavor you feel down there. Alas, definitely agree that people in (South) Florida are generally much ruder and less tolerant than their Southern CA counterparts, and higher chance of overt racism there too- i have witnessed it on several occasions and never seen anything of the same nature for all the years I've lived in CA.

On the other hand even though the people in Florida are not as nice, Southern CA is actually much more congested and stressful driving and has a more "rat race" mentality. Far more cosmopolitan too.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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I pretty much agree. I'm not sure if you meant this by "Pacific Rim" but I'll also add that there is a substantial Asian presence in SoCal which as far as I know is pretty much nonexistent or at least much more diminished in South Florida. There are definitely Northeastern Transplants in SoCal as well, along with transplants from pretty much everywhere else in the US.
I mean Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants that came to California.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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the palm trees in SoCal are tall and skinny and the ones in South Florida are shorter and fatter.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Free From The Oppressive State
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I've been to both places. And South Florida feels more Northeastern Transplant mixed with Caribbean culture so the locals are a bit more ruder and in your face, while Southern California mixes up with West Coast, Pacific Rim, and Mexican culture with a more laid back live and let live type of culture.

So, to whoever has been to both places. What are the biggest cultural differences you noticed between the two areas?
Biggest difference:

CA - laid back
SFL - uptight

In CA, while people may hate the traffic, it was a more relaxed lifestyle. More of a live and let live mentality. In SFL, my jaw was scraping the ground for the first six months due to the unbelievable incivility. Both areas are beautiful but dang, SFL, scale back. The light JUST turned green, you'll be ok if you wait an entire second before moving!
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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I hear SoCal has alot of NE transplants also.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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Also, the European demographics in SoFla are probably diffirent than what you'd see in SoCal. Brits, and Spaniards in particular. SoCal has Russians, as does SoFla. Also there's alot of French Canadians is SoFla. And a descent Finnish population in Palm Beach County.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:17 PM
 
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Cultural differences between SoCal and SoFla... let's see... everything? Warm and having palm trees doesn't mean they are culturally similar. It would be easier to find a few similarities, and most of those will be aesthetic only. I have lived in neither, but have lived in North and Central Florida and Northern California. ... I prefer the northern haves of both states, just a caveat. Most people so far have nailed it though. Definitely a difference in the energy/laid back flavor of the areas. As far as the "uptightness" I personally think Miami is more so than NYC, albeit on a smaller scale. At least in NYC some of the arrogance is a high brow type, intellectual type of arrogant rudeness, encountered in Miami it often comes off as just obnoxious. I know some spanish and to me it is harder to understand people in Miami, I can mostly understand people from Mexico though.

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