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New York City vs. Los Angeles: 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll Shows Americans Prefer Big Apple (SLIDESHOW)

Posted: 04/30/2012 1:24 pm Updated: 04/30/2012 4:09 pm

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Finally! Hard, indisputable data that New York City is better than that spread-out-suburb of a city they call Los Angeles.

Among Americans recently polled by Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes, 46 percent say New York is the place they'd most like to spend the rest of their lives, if they had to choose between the coastal rivals. 40 percent said they'd prefer LA.

58 percent of those under 45 prefer New York City, whereas more (48 percent) of those over 45 preferred LA. 45 percent of women chose L.A. and 52 percent of men preferred New York.

(Other data from the poll shows Americans like their burgers "well done" and that heavy metal music is too hard on the ears).

Of course we've been documenting NYC's superiority for a while, but it's encouraging that the rest of country is beginning to understand that the Big Apple always beats out the City of Angels.

Below are a few reasons we think New York is better than LA. Send us yours and we'll add! (Your move, HuffPost LA!)


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  • SHAKE SHACK

    It's so much better than In N' Out. <em>Photo: Flickr, Lucius Kwok</em>

  • MASS TRANSIT

    LA barely has a mass transit system--which means <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/subway-busker-damon-scott-sings-someone-like-you_n_1247346.html" target="_hplink">no subway entertainment</a>, no <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/29/mtas-nostalgia-train-ride_n_789084.html" target="_hplink">nostalgia trains</a>, no HUMAN INTERACTION. Plus all the car traffic in LA creates a lot of...(see next slide).

  • SMOG

    Gross LA, gross.

  • EARTHQUAKES

    We only get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/new-york-city-earthquake-_n_936809.html" target="_hplink">itsy bitsy</a> ones.

  • RYAN GOSLING

    He is everywhere at once, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/08/ryan-gosling-breaking-up-street-fight_n_953802.html" target="_hplink">breaking up fights</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/ryan-gosling-saves-laurie-penny-from-nyc-taxi-tweets_n_1402492.html" target="_hplink">saving journalists</a> from cars. And he lives in New York.

  • THE HIGH LINE

    Seriously, it's <a href="http://www.thehighline.org/galleries/images/high-line-flickr-pool" target="_hplink">gorgeous</a>. <em>Photo: AP</em>

  • THIS NEIL SIMON QUOTE SAYS IT ALL

    "When its 100 degrees in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it's still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles." Photo: AP

  • WOODY ALLEN

    Made in Brooklyn.

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Filed by Christopher Mathias  |