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SoCal vs. NorCal – Which One Are You?

Avocados, surf culture, In-N-Out Burger, flip flops, being tan, and ample summer weather.

These are just some of the keywords that make up a stereotypical Californian. But with San Francisco and Los Angeles so spread out, California sometimes feels more like two separate states instead of one. We’ve identified a few key traits / examples to help determine which area you would best associate with.

Are you more SoCal, or are you more NorCal? Let’s find out!

You know you’re from northern California when…

1. Your go-to taqueria is La Victoria (La Vic’s for short) in downtown San Jose.
You know where it’s at because of the orange sauce. We don’t know what they put in there, but it’s hella good.


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2. You know who (or technically, what) Karl is.
Yeah, Karl? Karl the Fog? He visits San Francisco frequently and hangs just above the Golden Gate Bridge.

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3. You own a Toyota Prius. 
Almost everyone in the Bay Area owns one. Drive for a couple blocks around Palo Alto, and you will totally understand.

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4. You are more likely than anyone to complain about how the rent is too high.
“$2,000 for a one bedroom apartment in the outskirts of San Francisco? Forget it!”


5. You can smell human feces on your way to work.
Poop Patrol” is actually now a thing in San Francisco because of the housing crisis that forces people into the streets.


6. You are in an exclusive relationship with your tech gadgets.
Hey, after all, you are in Silicon Valley, capitol of the tech and the hub for startups . It just makes absolute, total sense.


7. You and your friends use “hella” in almost every sentence. 
As in, “Bruh, you got box seats to the Warriors game? That’s hella dope!” “Dude, they were hella expensive!”


8. You are participating in the latest Patagonia / Allbirds fad.
Everyone wants to look super put together but feel comfortable at the same time. It’s a look for sure.


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Both have great travel benefits. l ?: The Melt

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9. You sleep in a Golden State Warriors t shirt.
Gotta rep your home back-to-back champion team. Even when you’re not in public.


10. You’re one of those environmentally-conscious people who brings your own bags to the supermarket.
Gotta do Mother Earth some solid favors.


You know you’re from southern California when…

1. You’re willing to drive for an hour just to get ice cream, tacos, or bubble tea.
Love making great environmental choices because everything is so spread out in Los Angeles.


2. Speaking of driving: You’re also used to the constant traffic jam in LA.
“Dude, I literally finished an entire audio book while driving on the 405 today.”


3. You get your late-night snacks from a nearby taco truck at 2:00am.
Gritty food. High in fat. Freaking cheap. And open until 4am? Heck to the yeah.


4. Your preferred brunch place is Bru’s Wiffle.
Partying it up in Santa Monica? Battle the hungover with finger-licking chicken and waffles here.


5. You’ve seen a fair number of people falling off of their Bird Scooters.
Not going to lie: you’re really risking a lot even though you’re paying  $1 to activate this mode of transportation. I’ve seen Bird victims all over the Santa Monica Pier.


6. You care about your Instagram followers more than anything else.
People in SoCal really care about the ‘gram. Don’t be surprised if you accidentally walk into an Instagram influencer party.


7. You have at least one friend that lives right next to the beach.
Three words for these beach bums: Too. Damn. Lucky.

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8. You own a pass to at least one of these: Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Six Flags. Then there’s Legoland, California Adventures, San Diego Zoo… the list just goes on.


9. You have mixed feelings about the Chargers now that they’ve moved to LA.
Like, why was that supposed to happen? It shouldn’t have happened in the first place. San Diego, always.


10. You probably have hints of the “Valley” accent.
“Oh my god, please. That is like, soooo not true.”


Do you relate to any of these traits? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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