How do angelenos see the rest of California? Well the folks over at Thrillist have a few ideas, and a map they created displaying these stereotypical assertions makes for a good laugh.
To start off, here’s the top seven I spotted immediately that ring the most true:
1. The biggest thing we associate with driving along the 5 freeway in central California is… cow poop. TRUE (that smell tho).
2. Bakersfield is the armpit of California (and possibly America). TRUE, though I’m sure there are a few cities or states in the Union that could give it a run on a national arm pit level.
3. We’re really not sure if anything north of San Francisco is still technically part of California. Also, Redwoods! TRUE.
4. Orange County = republicans and disneyland. Coastal Orange County = rich republicans. TRUE, with the exception of Laguna Beach (rich democrats yo).
5. Our two biggest associations with the bay area: the Golden Gate Bridge and dirty hippies. TRUE, but I think Prius drivers and pot smokers could’ve made the map as well.
6. If you’re hanging out in southeastern desert area of California you’re probably either an old person, a meth-head, or you’re on your way to Coachella. TRUE
7. The best reason towns exist along the central coast is for day-tripping angelenos. TRUE. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo are perfect for this.
Want to see even more of these generalizations? Check out the map created by Thrillist below.