East Coast vs. West Coast

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Difference between East Coast and West Coast

It is interesting to note that the East Coast and the West Coast of the United States are as similar as they are different. This ambiguity is no more apparent than in these two distinct regions and they are largely responsible for the diversity and unique makeup of the country's inhabitants. Let's see just how similar–and different–the East Coast and the West Coast are.

Influence Of Climate And Weather

As far s the East Coast lifestyle goes, it is defined in large part by adaptation to the region’s seasonal changes. This is hardly surprising given that the winters in the area can be quite harsh, causing roads and even businesses to close down on occasion.

As for the West Coast, it is largely free from the weather extremes that the east is subject to and one wardrobe is generally suitable for the whole year. There are always rains to consider of course, although most residents find it pretty manageable.

Lifestyle And Residential Practices

East Coast residents are fortunate in that there are numerous options for entertainment, shopping and travel available. In addition, they always have the option to travel to the east when the weather gets too aloof. Many of the residents of the area also opt for multi-story home designs with generally more space at lower costs than their western counterparts.

The West Coast redeems itself with plenty of space however, with three of its states actually spanning the entire coast. Unfortunately, residents of the areas towards the Northern Coast of California will have to do a lot of driving in order to get to anywhere with halfway decent entertainment or shopping spots. As can be expected given the generally favorable climate, much of the activity in the West Coast is focused on the outdoors.

Historical Significance

The East Coast is positively packed with numerous reminders of the glorious past of the region, as well as of the entire country. Many of the businesses and residential units are actually located in historic old buildings and there are numerous celebrations held to honor famous personalities or notable events.

The West Coast for its part is generally limited to historical events in California, most of which have to do with Spanish and Indian cultures and most of the holidays are national in scope. Furthermore, while there are quite a few homes dating back to the 1800s, few of them are significant to the early history of the country.


East Coast

  • Many residents have adapted their lifestyles to conform to the seasons
  • Extremely severe winters can cause roads and businesses to be closed down
  • Plenty of entertainment and shopping options nearby
  • Many homes are multi-level

West Coast

  • No distinguishable seasons
  • Little to no snow in the winter
  • Plenty of open space
  • Extensive freeway network
  • Many places are far from quality entertainment and shopping
  • Many homes adopt ranch style design

Which is the Best Coast?
  • East Coast
  • West Coast

Discuss It: comments 7

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  • molly wrote on May 2010

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nice commodity .Man add some posts like this and you will be .....ahumm ahummm .Ty

East Coast is colorful, great seasons and diversified. West Coast is black & white ,sucky weather. The life is beautiful in East Coast.

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  • Samuel Miles wrote on August 2011

I just love the ocean or water front.

This seems pretty biased. I live in San Francisco and its extraordinary. Cuisine is second to none. Weather is amazing in California, year-round. The scenery is on a grand scale. Both coasts have redeeming qualities.

Agreed with Natalie, the San Francisco bay area and Greater Los Angeles have huge amounts of entertainment, shopping, and culture. Who ever wrote this has limited knowledge of real west coast culture.

  • Guest
  • Bill wrote on October 2015

incidentally West coast seems to have





Santa Anna

Drought and many people who escaped the east?

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  • donna wrote on August 2016

also we don't gave hurricanes on the west coast. I live in the west and visit the east. where I live in wash state I have LOADS of snow. I live on 5 acres of forest in the MOUNTAINS which the east coast doesn't have. yep we have earthquakes, wildfires, and don't forget Volcanoes but when I drive over one of the majestic mtn passes esp in the winter its an absolute WONDERLAND! so much skiing and winter sports.

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