Today, I will contrast my hometown – Garden Grove & Orange County to where I went for college – La Jolla & San Diego. This should ultimately be interesting….
In order to do this I must look at various factors: 1) The Facts 2) Aesthetics 3) Memories 4) Significance & 5) People
Part 1: The Facts
Ethnicity: 64.76% White, 16.05% Asian, 0.33% Pacific Islander, 1.72% African American, 0.38% Native American, 14.32% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. 32.89% of the population were Hispanic of any race. 30.49% of the population was foreign born
Politics: Republican stronghold. Republican majorities gave California electoral votes to Richard Nixon (1960, 1968, and 1972), Gerald Ford (1976), Ronald Reagan (1980, 1984), And George HW Bush (1988). O.C. has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since FDR’s re-election in 1936.
Ethnicity: 69.5% White American, 5.2% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 10.2% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 10.3% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. 29.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 67.0% spoke English, 21.9% Spanish, 3.1% Tagalog and 1.2% Vietnamese as their first language.
Politics: Republican Stronghold. 2008 was the first time in decades that a Democratic presidential nominee won a majority of the county’s votes (though in 1992 Bill Clinton won a plurality). The city of San Diego itself is more Democratic than the county’s average (though fairly moderate for a large city) and has voted for Democrats Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obama in the last five presidential elections respectively.
Based on the facts provided above, I’m going to give Orange County 1 point for being more conservative than San Diego County (That’s actually the only reason…)
Part 2: Aesthetics
Both are pretty in their own way. In fact, if you were to Google Images of Orange County & San Diego, you’d clearly find pretty parts of both.
Because of this, I’m going to compile pictures I’ve actually taken of both areas that I’ve actually PHYSICALLY been present, in an effort to contrast the beauty of both.
This decision remains tough because there are pretty locations in both cities, I must say. I’m going to give this point to San Diego though, simply because the whole prospect of Phil’s is making my mouth water.
Part 3: Memories/Personality.
The “personality” of each county/town is based solely on the memories I have had in each location. So let’s analyze all of the “major” memories I’ve had in each location to ultimately come to a decision.
Obviously I’ve been in Orange County for a majority of my life, so I’m going to leave out the whole presence of childhood & middle school, and only use my high school years in an effort to make it a fair fight. Let’s see:
If we were to go for nostalgic purposes, obviously I’m more nostalgic for Orange County because I spent my childhood and high school years there. As much as college has grown me as a person in life experience, high school remains the place where my confidence and sense of self came to fruition. If high school hadn’t influenced me so much, college would not have. So consequently, though both memories remain positive, from a nostalgic perspective high school was much more important (though college WAS technically better).
Part 4: Significance.
Now, in the grand scheme of things, what is Orange County and San Diego’s place in the world? In other words, what would other countries think of each county, and we’ll award a point based on which one is superior.
- THE O.C. (FOX)
- Orange County (movie)
- Arrested Development Setting
- UC Irvine Seen in Ocean’s Eleven, Poltergest, & Criminal Minds
- Accepted took place in Chapman University
- MTV’s Laguna Beach & Newport Harbor
Also, the Crystal Cathedral is seen every week live on TV in “The Hour of Power” with a religious service.
Cultural References to UCSD:
- Geisel library frequently used in various movies including: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
- Veronica Mars filmed on campus (WARREN)
- Furthermore, Inception used Geisel as their snow fortress!
Because of that sole fact, UCSD, La Jolla, & San Diego County win in the realm of significance.
It’s a tie, which brings it down all the way to round 5:
This is going to be fun.
Here are the people from Orange County I know and love.
Not pictured: Jessica, Louise, Adam, Alex, Pam, etc.
In the end, I don’t think I can really decide which group of friends are better. They are both good in their own way.
So until I figure that out, this debate remains: UNDECIDED. I’ll leave it up to the Supreme Court, which means I’ll create a poll for you to vote on below: