Are You More LA or NYC?

By: Emily Maggrett

Are You More LA or NYC?
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About This Quiz

New York City and Los Angeles may be on opposite coasts, but that's not where their differences end. The two cities, both media centers, represent very divergent values, landscapes and states of mind. L.A. is all about Hollywood glitz, sunny streets and West Coast chill, while NYC is famous for its ambitious denizens, soaring skyscrapers and East Coast attitude. Yet residents of both places claim that their respective burgs are the greatest.

In our opinion, neither city is superior to the other, but your capacity to enjoy them depends a lot on your temperament and personality. For instance, Type A people tend to think that New York is amazing, while more relaxed, social Type Bs consider Los Angeles to be the most awesome city ever. Other people are capable of appreciating both towns, although there are a few folks who hate all big cities, no matter which coast they're on.

If you're not sure whether L.A. or NYC is right for you, you're in luck. Because that's what this quiz is all about! We're going to ask you about your daily habits, storage issues and attitude toward New Age woo-woo in order to determine whether you belong in the City of Angels, the Big Apple or somewhere else entirely. Ready to learn more? Let's get quizzing!

01_emergency In an emergency, you're the person who ... ?
Offers warmth and empathy
Deals with logistics
Takes charge
Freaks out

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02_season's clothes Which season's clothes complement your looks best?
Summer
Fall
Winter
Spring

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03_good_driving On a scale of 1 to 10, how good of a driver are you?
9. I'm a fantastic driver, comfortable on winding highways and eight-lane freeways. The only thing I can't handle is snow.
7. I'm a decent all-around driver who can handle themselves under any conditions.
1. I don't drive/am a bad driver.
3. I'm a slow and overly polite driver who is scared of snow and black ice.

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04_break up Would you rather be ghosted or have someone break up with you in person?
Ghosting is more polite than an explicit rejection, in my mind.
If someone is going to dump me, I'd rather they just email or text me.
Someone who's been dating me for a while owes me an in-person conversation.
I'd want to grab coffee with the other person so we could figure out how to be friends.

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05_messy_house If Marie Kondo visited your house, what would she have to say?
I suspect she'd think I have too many clothes.
I'm afraid she'd judge my jam-packed garage.
She'd be impressed that I'm such a minimalist.
She'd ask me if I was really using all my art supplies and musical instruments.

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06_alpha How does the idea of competing with lots of Type A people make you feel?
Anxious
Annoyed
Excited
Exhausted

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07_outdoor sports Do you play any outdoor sports?
Volleyball, surfing, Frisbee golf ...
Football. Just football.
Nope!
Soccer, parasailing, kayaking — you name it, I play it.

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08_architecture When it comes to architecture, which style really makes your heart sing?
Mid-century modern
Neoclassical
Gothic Revival
Victorian

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09_social media Of these social media platforms, which one do you use the most?
Instagram
Snapchat
Twitter
I'm not on social media.

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10_tanning Do you tan well?
Oh, yeah!
I'm capable of tanning, but I wouldn't say I tan easily.
No. My skin and the sun are not friends.
I'm not sure. I've never lived in a sunny climate.

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11_romantic What kind of settings make you feel romantic?
Bright, sunny beaches
Rooftop parties strung with twinkling lights
Swanky, crowded restaurants
Tall, tree-covered mountains

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12_pizza You'd never want to live in a city that didn't have good ... ?
Thai food
Hot dogs
Pizza
Vegan restaurants

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13_claustrophobic Do packed spaces make you feel claustrophobic?
Yes, I strongly dislike them.
They're not my favorite, but I can tolerate them.
No. They don't bother me at all!
Yes. Sometimes I'm afraid I could never live in a big city because of this.

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14_soda What's your go-to drink?
Green tea
Diet Coke
Black coffee
Kombucha soda

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15_finishing projects How much do you care about finishing projects that you've started?
Meh. If I'm not feeling it, it doesn't get done.
I like finishing what I've started, but I also know when to give up.
I must finish every single project I start, no matter how poorly it's going.
I finish most things I start, but it sometimes takes me a very long time to do so.

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16_strangers Throughout the day, do you stop to chat with strangers, or are you always in a rush?
I love connecting with new people, so yes, I stop to chat.
I don't chat with strangers but I do chat with friends.
I'm too busy for chit-chat.
Neither. I'm rarely in a rush, but I also don't like talking to strangers.

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17_wacky Do you tend to act serious or are you rather wacky?
I'm not wacky, but I'm very lighthearted.
I'm wacky with friends but serious on other occasions.
I'm very direct and serious, almost to a fault.
To be honest, I'm the wacky, whimsical type.

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18_extrovert On a scale of 1 to 10, how reserved are you?
1. "Shy" is not exactly my middle name.
5. I'm an ambivert, neither shy nor extroverted.
3. I've got the aggressiveness of an extrovert, but I also have a hidden sensitive side.
8. I'm easily embarrassed and have a hard time opening up to others.

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19_breakfast To start your day off right, what do you like to eat?
Avocado toast and grapefruit
Eggs, toast and bacon
A bagel with lox and cream cheese
An acai bowl

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20_subway Of the following options, which commute sounds the least irritating?
An hour-long drive in a beautiful setting through heavy traffic
A 30-minute trip with a bus change in the middle
A 45-minute trip on a packed subway
A 30-minute drive, followed by a 20-minute search for parking

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21_career What's your top priority?
Feeling good
Raising a family
My career
Having a thriving social life

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22_dress to impress Do you dress to impress, express yourself or attract others?
To attract others. I'm single and looking for new friends.
N/A. I dress to be warm, not for any of the reasons listed.
To impress. In the circles I move in, you're often judged for your image.
To express myself. I think clothes should be an extension of your personality, not a marketing tool.

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23_movie_date Which of these dates sounds like the most fun?
Seeing a great film in a classic movie palace
Going to a baseball game
Walking around the city, window-shopping
Getting your palms read together

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24_on time How would you describe your relationship with time?
Time is my greatest enemy.
It goes a little faster than I'd like, but we're friends.
It's a romance! I'm always on time.
My pace of life is very slow, which makes time a mere acquaintance.

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25_pop star Who's your favorite pop songstress?
Katy Perry
Beyoncé
Lady Gaga
Billie Eilish

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26_history class If you had to attend a history class at a local college, which of these courses would you be most likely to take?
Art History 101
History of the Labor Movement
Victorian-era Fashions Throughout the World
Natural History: Herbalism in Your Region

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27_East Coast How would you describe the East Coast?
Dark, cramped, cold and rude!
It's an interesting but competitive place.
Sorry haters, but New York City is the greatest.
It seems cool but not very chill.

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28_surfing On the weekend, do you like to go on outdoor adventures?
Yes, I love to swim, surf and sail.
Yes, but in general, I don't do anything more adventurous than walking around a park.
No, I'm not that kind of person.
Yes, I try to hike every weekend.

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29_New Age How high is your tolerance for New Age stuff?
I love astrology, reiki, gemstones, so pretty high!
I think most New Age stuff is silly, but it doesn't bother me too much.
It's all nonsense if you ask me.
I'm so New Age that I'm learning how to make my own essential oils.

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30_kid_dream When you were a little kid, what kind of lifestyle did you fantasize about?
I wanted to be a star!
I hoped I'd have a good job and a loving family.
I dreamed of being a major mogul, making it the concrete jungle.
I fantasized about being an artisanal chef for a farm-to-table restaurant.

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