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Pros And Cons Of Living On The West Coast Or The East Coast

Coastal Nationalities

There are enough differences between the east and west coast of the United States as to essentially represent two totally different countries. New York, NY is 2,789 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA. That’s more than five hundred miles further than the distance between Spain and Moldova. Imagine the cultural diversity in just that small region.

Now imagine America’s massive bulk. Different states confederated under the same federal government certainly share legal and living similarities. But the regions of America differ enough between their extremes to express as much or more diversity than even vast Europe. Look at Alaska, Puerto Rico, Florida, Minnesota, Hawaii, and Texas. Each of those is quite different from the other!

Good And Bad Aspects Of East And West Coast Living


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Well, if you’re on the east coast, you’ll find that the west coast is an entirely different animal. Different local laws, different customs, different pricing, different careers, and a totally changed climate define the West Coast. SoCal isn’t all that humid. New York feels nearly as humid as Florida. Meanwhile, northern California is a rain forest full of redwoods.

Still, you’ll find similarities in terms of luxury apartments. If you’re used to the sort of living you find at a place like Norwalk apartments, you’ll find analogs throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. The same is true of luxury apartments in the financial district of NYC at 19 Dutch. While those are some top-tier units, similar options exist on the west coast.

Also, things in California are a bit less pricey, for the most part, than places like New York City. However, there are exceptions, and politically, the environment of either coast is in flux. Basically, to get your head around it, turn the coasts upside-down economically. All the riches are in the south of West Coast, and in the north of the East Coast.

Pros And Cons In Mobile Living Options

However, you’ve got to be a bit more established for comfort in the coastal cities on America’s eastern seaboard. Meanwhile, from South California (SoCal) to the Pacific Northwest, you can live in an RV year-round with little difficulty, provided you mind the weather in the summer. Living mobile need not even feel mobile, either—though it does have its own flavor.

Doing that on the east coast is possible, and it’s done—but it’s a difficult proposition owing to population saturation, humidity, and winter. This is why places like California are well-known for housing mobile travelers throughout the year.

Claustrophobia, Agoraphobia, And Finding Your Balance


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It’s easy to see that there are many pros and cons on the east and west coast, and we’ll cover a few more before bringing this to a close. For example, claustrophobia, versus agoraphobia. On the west coast, there are areas where the exceptional population can be found, but everything is more spread out. Also, you can get to relatively desolate places after a short drive.

On the east coast, from the ocean inland are often hundreds of miles of cities, turnpikes, communities, shopping districts, financial districts, and traffic. You can get to the more remote areas where people can think without hearing the hustle and bustle of the city, but it feels more claustrophobic. Your sightlines are broken by trees, and you feel closed in.

This feature of American topography starts somewhere around Iowa and persists for most of the country toward the east, becoming maximal around the coasts, and downright tropical by the time you get to Florida.

Which Is The Coast With The Most?

Which of these American extremes best represents you and yours will depend on who you are, what you like, what your goals are, what you’re willing to put up with, and what you’re not willing to put up with. There are pros and cons of either coast. Know what you want, what you can afford, and what you’re getting yourself into. It ultimately boils down to: what do you want?

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