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Old 10-15-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I think what makes California different is the snobbery. Californians believe their state is the best state, and everyone wants to live there and be just like them.

The other Western states have less of a snobbery, and less of an identity.
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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This is a huge and vast region. I believe this topic has sort of been asked before, but anyhow. California has a fairly unique culture and identity, even with the inter-state cultural differences between the southern and northern portions and the rural and urban portions.

The other states have a unique culture that makes them different from each other, it just isn't as easy to generalize as somewhere like California which people generalize as "plastic, fake, Hispanic, liberal, tree huggers, over extended, etc..."
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:57 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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Let me start with the fact that more people live in California than all the other Western states combined.
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Rural Northern California
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I think what makes California different is the snobbery. Californians believe their state is the best state, and everyone wants to live there and be just like them.

The other Western states have less of a snobbery, and less of an identity.
That's a vast over generalization. Don't get me wrong, I love my home state, but I hardly think that everybody wants to live here. The 'snobbery' is contained to some very specific areas, and in fact where I live, many young people are very interested in the South because of its association with the rural lifestyle and down-home America (despite the fact that rural America is alive and well in California).

Culturally, California is very diverse, and has no individual identity by which you can accurately characterize it. Where I live is very rural, with lifted 4X4's, cowboys, and country music. Drive a few hours to The City however, and it's much, much different. L.A. is far different yet, as is San Diego. Go to rural coastal towns and you'll find yet an entirely different way of living. As a general rule, the further south you go, the bigger influence Hispanic culture has on life. No two towns are the same.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:45 AM
 
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So many Californians [and there are a lot of them] are moving to neighboring states that over time, it's neighbors will more and more resemble California. It's inevitable.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Surprise, AZ
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So many Californians [and there are a lot of them] are moving to neighboring states that over time, it's neighbors will more and more resemble California. It's inevitable.
Very true -

It is not fair to overgeneralize California and state that it is snobbery that sets it apart from other Western states because of its pride. Come visit Scottsdale, and you'll see the apple doesn't fall far from the so-called tree. I think Californians are pretty easy going and easy to talk to compared to my own personal experiences w/ certain cities to the east.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Very true -

It is not fair to overgeneralize California and state that it is snobbery that sets it apart from other Western states because of its pride. Come visit Scottsdale, and you'll see the apple doesn't fall far from the so-called tree. I think Californians are pretty easy going and easy to talk to compared to my own personal experiences w/ certain cities to the east.

Arizona is culturally so similar to California. Oregon and Washington have a pride that's quite different and distinct.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Arizona is culturally so similar to California. Oregon and Washington have a pride that's quite different and distinct.

AZ is culturally similar to Southern CA and OR and WA are culturally similar Northern CA.

Also Californians have pride just like people in every other state, but for some reason people like you label that as "snobbery", talk about a double standard.

I don't get it with people like you who leave CA then keep trying to trash talk it down. Do you it to make you feel better about where you have to live now?
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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AZ is culturally similar to Southern CA and OR and WA are culturally similar Northern CA.
Thats always what I think.
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