Which Coastal City Should You Live In?

WORLD

2.6K PLAYS

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

How much do you like to surf?

Advertisement

Would you consider scuba diving?

Advertisement

How often do you go to see live theater?

Advertisement

How often do you find you need to travel to Asia?

Advertisement

Do you aspire to work in entertainment?

Advertisement

Can your job be done remotely?

Advertisement

How much stimulation do you require on a daily basis?

Advertisement

Do you care if you don't know any of your neighbors?

Advertisement

How important is local history?

Advertisement

Do you like getting to use languages other than English?

Advertisement

Do you want to work in tech?

Advertisement

Do you mind tourists?

Advertisement

How do you feel about cold weather?

Advertisement

How much value do you place on manners?

Advertisement

What sort of dwelling appeals to you?

Advertisement

Do you mind a long, painful commute?

Advertisement

How much do you like to get around on foot?

Advertisement

How often do you find you need to fly to Europe?

Advertisement

How important is a low cost of living?

Advertisement

How much do you feel you need to be "where the action is?"

Advertisement

How important is a low crime rate?

Advertisement

How quiet do you need things?

Advertisement

How seriously do you take your relaxation?

Advertisement

How much do you like to get your outdoorsman on?

Advertisement

How do you feel about intense humidity?

Advertisement

What's your idea of a great social activity?

Advertisement

How important is ethnic diversity?

Advertisement

What's your idea of highbrow entertainment?

Advertisement

How do you feel about stifling heat?

Advertisement

Which natural disaster's immanent arrival freaks you out the least?

Advertisement

Explore More Quizzes

Image: Shutterstock

About This Quiz

The coastal cities of the world exist primarily because of trade. Deep ports, access to waterways that were the ancient highways of trade, the housing to accept an influx of immigrants and the jobs to give those people an income all contribute to a virtuous cycle of urban growth. Coastal cities have a lot in common, but they also have a lot that makes them different from each other.

Timing is part of what sets coastal cities apart. While Manhattan was colonized, just a few miles to the north, City Island was established as a rival. It never really worked out, and now City Island is just a neighborhood in the Bronx, part of New York City. Similarly, Miami had a long history with trade in the Caribbean, including piracy, but it wasn't until the 20th century that it really took off, giving it a much more contemporary vibe than say, Boston or Philadelphia.

Geology also plays a role. New York is mostly built on bedrock, allowing the willy-nilly building of skyscrapers, while San Francisco endures the slow leaning of the Millennium Tower, built on mud that isn't supporting it in the best of circumstances and could totally fail in an earthquake.

Finally, trade and culture form the bedrock we experience the most. Boston sports several large universities, giving parts of town a young, hip vibe. San Francisco is the world's hub of tech businesses, making it the preferred home of many a startup. Chicago (on the coast of a great lake) is a transport hub with top colleges, stock and commodity exchanges, and a creative community.

Which should you call home? It's a matter of priorities. Take this quiz, and we'll help you out.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!