I do the same thing when I'm outside of CA and someone asks where in CA I'm from. Or I say 30 min north of LA. It's just easier since no one has really heard of my city even though it's large. I don't feel like I'm from LA though.
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders