What % West Coast Are You?

By: Emily Maggrett

What % West Coast Are You?
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About This Quiz

Here's the truth, friends: People from the West Coast truly are different from the rest of us. Whether they hail from Washington, Oregon or California, these folks are more likely to drink kombucha, go with the flow and think "gnarly" is an OK word to use in work emails.

That's not to say that West Coasters don't have their charms! Not only do they like to work out more than the rest of the country does, but they tend to have big hearts, worrying about social causes, animals and the environment. West Coasters contribute culturally, as well. California is home to the film industry, while Washington State's Seattle has given us some of the greatest bands of all time. Quirky Oregon is a U.S. food capital, while the San Francisco Bay Area has given us trailblazing female politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris.

If you're as obsessed with the West Coast as we are — or if you're proud of how not West Coast you are— you're going to love this quiz. We've put together some fun questions that will determine your exact percentage of West Coast cred. Ready to find out if you should move to the Best Coast? Cue up some Beach Boys and play this quiz!

1 hiking How often do you run out of town for an outdoor adventure?
Ew, never.
I hate it when people call hiking an "adventure." That said, I like to go hiking once or twice a year.
At least once a month
My whole life is an outdoor adventure!

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2 husky If your friend asked you to dogsit their nervous rescue husky, how would you react?
By telling them to hire a dogsitter
By expressing anxiety about handling a husky with behavioral problems
By telling them sure, as long as it was just for an afternoon
With an enthusiastic yes!

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3 spa What kind of spas do you prefer?
Russian banyas
Just regular steam rooms, I guess
Korean spas
Coed nude spas

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4 meditation How do you feel about meditating?
It's dumb.
I hear it works for some people, but I don't get much out of it.
I'm learning how to meditate currently. It's pretty awesome.
Meditation saved my life!

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Nope! Besides, tanning is bad for your skin.
I usually have a tan in the summer, but I don't have one right now.
I have a fake tan. Does that count?
My gorgeous golden tan is unbeatable.

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6 sage Have you ever bought a New Age accessory?
Like a crystal or an astrology book? No way.
Like incense? Sure.
I bought sage and rose quartz at a New Age store just the other day!
My friend, I manage a store that sells New Age accessories.

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7 surfer dude Have you ever said any of the following words?
"Dude"
"Stoked"
"Dank"
"Hella"

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8 business dress How do you usually dress for work?
In a suit and tie
In my work uniform
In khakis and a polo shirt
In shorts and flip-flops

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9 skinny dipping If you were at a party where everyone suddenly started skinnydipping, how would you react?
By going home
It would depend on how well I knew the people at the party.
My friends would probably talk me into participating.
By tearing off my clothes and joining in!

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10 ocean How do you feel about the ocean?
It's cold!
It's beautiful but scary.
It's our home, bro.
I love the ocean; it's wild and untamable. Just like me!

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11 orange juice What's your favorite healthy drink?
Decaf
Orange juice
Kombucha
Chia seed drink

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12 angry at someone When you're angry at someone, do you confront them directly?
Yes. I tell them exactly why I'm mad, then I try to find a resolution.
Yes, if we're very close
Not usually. Instead, I try to signal my displeasure through my body language.
Ugh, I hate confrontation. If I'm angry at someone, I just avoid them.

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13 cold weather Can you deal with cold weather?
Yep. I'm an adult, after all.
I don't like it, but I can drive in the snow just like everyone else.
Ugh, I hate it! I'm terrible at driving in the snow.
Whenever the temperature gets below 50 degrees, I basically refuse to leave the house.

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14 dietary restrictions Do you have any dietary restrictions?
Heck no!
I'm a bit lactose-intolerant.
I'm a vegetarian.
I'm off gluten AND I'm vegan.

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15 friends How would you describe your friends?
Busy parents
Um, they're ... normal?
People in their 20s who are still figuring life out
Chill, open-minded folks

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16 chill On a scale of 1 to 10, how much chill do you have?
2. Sorry, I'm not chill at all.
4. I don't let little things bother me, but sometimes I get anxious about work or my love life.
6. I'm calm by nature.
10. I'm so chill, I make Willie Nelson look like a nervous wreck.

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17 rock band In your opinion, what's the greatest rock band of all time?
The Rolling Stones
The Beatles
The Beach Boys
Red Hot Chili Peppers

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18 desert Going to the desert to "find yourself" is ...
A stupid waste of money
Perhaps silly, but if it works for you, that's great.
Totally reasonable
A wonderful idea!

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19 busy person When you have a tight schedule, you feel ...
Energized
Nervous
Bummed out
Like I need to totally change my lifestyle, man!

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20 hipster Guys who wear beanies and flannels every day are ...
Slobs
No-nonsense
Probably in a metal band
The best!

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21 graduate program Let's say you have the opportunity to enter a graduate program at an Ivy League college, if you're willing to work very hard for it. What would you do?
Go for it, obviously!
Ask a trusted advisor if they thought it would be worth it
Act noncommittal until the deadline to apply had passed
Say no! No academic degree is worth that kind of stress.

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22 ghosting friends People who ghost their friends are probably ...
Jerks
Overwhelmed with life stresses
At the start of a new relationship
I see nothing wrong with ghosting.

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23 the oc On a scale of 1 to 10, how much did you relate to "The O.C."?
1. I hate tan rich kids!
3. I could relate to Seth's struggles with being a nerd, but ultimately, those people were too privileged to be relatable.
6. That show was so funny! And who can't relate to having romantic problems?
9. That show was so much like my actual life, it was eerie!

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24 tattoos Your best friend's new boyfriend has tons of tattoos. You think he's ...
Probably a rapscallion
Fine, probably? I don't judge others for having tattoos.
Pretty cool
Obviously a fascinating guy and a great catch!

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25 seafood Your favorite kind of seafood is ...
Lobster. I love lobster rolls!
Salmon. It's so rich and delicious.
Oysters. They're delicious in a soup or roasted in the shell.
Mussels. Briny, sweet ... what else do you need to know?

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26 protests What kind of protests do you go to?
Zero protests. They're not my thing.
I went to a couple protests in college, but it's not the kind of event I'm generally involved with.
I'll go to any protest about the environment or women's rights.
If there's a protest anywhere within 50 miles of me, I'm going to it!

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27 celebrity Who's your favorite Baby Boomer celebrity?
Martin Scorsese
Jimi Hendrix
Diane Keaton
Jerry Garcia

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28 astrology Do you know your sun sign, moon sign and rising?
Absolutely not. Astrology is bunk.
I think I'm a Virgo?
My moon is in Pisces ... or is it Cancer?
Aquarius sun, Aries moon, Libra rising

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29 instagram Your Instagram is full of ...
Nothing. I don't have an Instagram.
Photos of food I ate
Pictures of my dog
Heavily filtered selfies depicting me frolicking at sunset on the beach

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30 philosophy Which of these quotes from West Coast thinkers resonates with you the most?
"The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs."
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet."
"I still believe that something is right only when it feels right.”

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