Made up of 14 states in the Union, the residents of the East Coast often seem to consider themselves, their states, their institutions, their history, their traditions and their beliefs superior to all others in the US. It is typical to hear an east-coaster speak derogatively about the people in the west, or the middle of the country. They often make an obvious point about how superior they believe themselves to be, in sophistication and in values.
However, what this < third of the country fails it realize is that their attitudes about themselves are entirely provincial. No one outside the east coast cares about their self-perceived superiority of which they constantly feel the need to remind everyone (particularly themselves).
Furthermore, is the east coast producing much real value for this country? Law, politics, and finance are their specialty industries. (HQ'd in NY, Wall Street, and Washington D.C.) Three sectors that have produced wonderful benefits for society.
The West Coast on the other hand is the home of places like Silicon Valley, from which a plethora of beneficial technologies, including the internet, emerged.
So while the east coast continues to produce most of the nation's lawyers, bankers, and politicians, while reminding themselves and everyone else of their superiority over the rest of the nation, the west coast enjoys both far more sunshine as well as the production of actual inventions of value that improve the well being of people everywhere.
East Coast resident: Where did you attend school?
East Coast resident: There are universities outside of New England?