I've lived in both NorCal, SoCal, and the Central Coast, and simply put, I prefer NorCal. Here's why.
  1. There's water.
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    Still in a drought, but less so than SoCal. And there are actually rivers and stuff here.
  2. There are forests.
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    Some of the trees up here are incredibly beautiful. They beat the crap out of palm trees.
  3. San Francisco
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    The best city in the world. LA just doesn't compare. Let's be real.
  4. Clouds/Fog
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    Landscapes are just more amazing with clouds. SoCal lacks in that department.
  5. Wearing layers
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    The ability to wear sweaters and jackets without sweating to death is amazing and cozy.
  6. Bridges
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    Nothing screams human ingenuity more than a bridge. SoCal has a lack of great bridges.
  7. Beautiful architecture
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    In general, there are more European/New England-style houses and buildings. SoCal architecture just didn't do it for me.