"See & don't see the line drawn btwn North & South" Top 5 Page for this destination Orange Local Custom Tip by marinarena
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Orange county is seen often in terms of north & south, despite there being a west and east & other sub-parallels. North & south are determined largely by economics & very generalized characteristics.
Distinction is particularly made of the South (called commonly South county) as being the wealthy, overly suburban part with a snobby or uppity attitude. This is true and not true, as is with all generalizations. True, South county does have the lion share of wealthy residents (weathly by S. California standards would likely be considered at least a half million dollar income for a household & more). However, there are those far less rich who manage to live here. True, South County is the more suburban part of the entire county. Besides the beaches, shops/businesses and a few landmarks on the tourist map (like the mission in San Juan Capistrano, all there is to see in South county are seemingly an endless number of homes along & beyond the horizon, often single-unit houses and townhouses. As far as attitude, parts of the South are unabashedly uppity- as seen on TV shows like The O.C. Demonstrating and flaunting wealth is part of the local culture in South County cities like Newport Beach.
The north, in some areas, resembles the south with wealthy neighborhoods & can get somewhat snobby. However, overall it does have more modest areas and is decidedly more down-to-earth.
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