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If you live or have lived in California, what are the positives and negetives of the state?

Have you ever moved on a whim?

What's your dream city to live?
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[User Picture]From: pirahan
2013-01-26 04:28 pm (UTC)

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It's the greatest state ever. But it's expensive.
[User Picture]From: musicboxwaltz
2013-01-26 07:09 pm (UTC)

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this.
[User Picture]From: latechgrad26
2013-01-26 04:36 pm (UTC)

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I loved living in Port Hueneme. I lived near the beach, the weather was great, people were friendly. I miss it so much. Negatives: Traffic and the cost of living.

Yes, I moved to KY and I hate it here.

Charleston, SC
[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2013-01-26 04:36 pm (UTC)

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My decision to move to from upstate NY to DC was kind of sudden but I don't think it was really on a whim.
[User Picture]From: pastorlenny
2013-01-26 04:37 pm (UTC)

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From: 234_am
2013-01-26 06:53 pm (UTC)

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Fisherman's wharf in San Fran?
If yes I want to go so badly.
[User Picture]From: mzkitteh
2013-01-26 04:37 pm (UTC)

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Pros: The weather, the scenery, plenty to do.

Cons: High cost of living.

Moved to Cali. on a whim in 2005. I miss living there. I'd go back to San Diego if I could. Or upstate NY somewhere.
[User Picture]From: phenomenal
2013-01-26 04:44 pm (UTC)

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It's hard to say. California is such a large state and there's so much difference between Northern and Southern California.

But... In general, I would say the positives are it's progressive in most places, I like that there's a huge variation in geography (beaches, deserts, mountains w/snow), the weather is generally mild depending where in the state you live.

Cons? It's expensive most places. Granted, where I currently live it's not bad.
[User Picture]From: teefers
2013-01-26 04:56 pm (UTC)

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positives: has all kinds of landscape from beaches to deserts to snowy mountains. nice weather. lots of culture, different ethnicities, and all different kinds of good food. tons to do, musicians or special events on tour pretty much always make a stop somewhere in cali. stricter gas laws mean cleaner air. medical marijuana. progressive in many other ways.

negatives: expensive. sacramento could be more efficient. 2 cities out of the top 10 most dangerous in america are in california. caltrans is letting our highways go to shit. we pay more for gas than any other state.
[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2013-01-26 04:57 pm (UTC)

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I've lived in CA my whole life so I may not have the best frame of reference for living here vs other places. but I like almost everything about it. I know the cost of living is much higher than most other places though.
[User Picture]From: lai_lai_ranma
2013-01-27 03:31 am (UTC)

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This. The weather is bipolar in the south though.
[User Picture]From: opheliaheart
2013-01-26 05:05 pm (UTC)

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Reykjavik or Gothenburg
[User Picture]From: kampfbaby
2013-01-26 05:11 pm (UTC)

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i like your style. mine are amsterdam or haarlem, tampere, uppsala, or dunedin (nz, not scotland)
[User Picture]From: borboleta
2013-01-26 05:16 pm (UTC)

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I lived in SoCal. The weather is great, the energy, the beach, the food. On the other hand it's expensive, dirty, traffic is unreal.

I picked up and moved to LA with first months rent. It was a great time. I met my sons father when I was living there, and we plan on moving back to raise our son there. But for now I'm closer to family.
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2013-01-26 05:46 pm (UTC)

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I have moved on whim... a few times. I think its a good experience if you have a game plan.

Honestly I don't like cities and prefer the country side or in the mountains. I love small towns where everyone knows everyone. This is coming from someone who has lived in cities and towns so its not like I I just don't like what I don't know. I just enjoy small communities and living in places that support my lifestyle which consists of lots of hiking and being out in the middle of no where.

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[User Picture]From: dawgdays
2013-01-26 06:52 pm (UTC)

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I like cities and suburbs, so for me, California pros are weather, work in my field, things to do, and the main California con is the price of housing.

My wife applied for a job in San Jose. I was using the Remax site to take a look at housing prices. I live in the Seattle right near Microsoft, and as expensive housing is here, a house like ours within 20 miles of San Jose would cost 50% MORE than here.
[User Picture]From: holidaylights
2013-01-26 06:58 pm (UTC)

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California is a MASSIVE, MASSIVE state. Southern California (where I grew up) is as different from NorCal as anywhere else, and the inland cities in between could often just as easily be in Kansas.

In general, there's a somewhat high cost of living, an amazingly byzantine voting system, great colleges, and especially toward the south, temperate weather and some degree of influence from Mexican/South American culture. Anything other than that, you'll need to be more specific.

Not on a whim, exactly.

I love DC right now, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I wouldn't mind spending some time in NYC or London, though.
[User Picture]From: musicboxwaltz
2013-01-26 07:08 pm (UTC)

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CA is awesome, the positives SO outweigh the negatives [expensive, people always on the go fast life]
[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2013-01-26 07:19 pm (UTC)

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Born and raised in California.

I love that you can go to the desert, mountains with snow, beach, so many different environments, in one place. It's just home to me.

I agree 100% with the cons teefers laid out.
[User Picture]From: flying_colours
2013-01-26 07:31 pm (UTC)

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I've never lived there but I've been a few times and it looks like a good place to live. It's got good weather, beautiful scenery, lots going on, and it seems to be a lot more progressive than some other places. Definitely my kinda place, if i could afford it!

I would love to move on a whim! I haven't, but it is something I would do if it was ever possible.

San Francisco.
[User Picture]From: richinlaughter
2013-01-26 07:53 pm (UTC)

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This state is incredibly diverse, not one city is necessarily like the other. San Francisco is very different from Los Angeles, for example. There are places in California, where you feel that it fits the stereotype: progressive, cultural and ethnic diversity, etc. etc. However, there are also areas of California that are far more conservative and less diverse. You should really take a trip out here before you decide to move, and see where you'd like to live, and if there is work in your field. I personally love San Francisco and most of NorCal. Good luck!
[User Picture]From: firesidedog
2013-01-26 07:54 pm (UTC)

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Born, raised and currently live in CA. Fifty seven years. You have the ocean, mountains and desert. However it has gotten so crowded, even where I live up in the mountains near Yosemite. It has become outrageously expensive as well. I would like to re-locate out of state sometime in the near future.
[User Picture]From: snailrevolution
2013-01-26 07:59 pm (UTC)

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I lived in San Diego when I was a kid. The weather was so lovely, and there were always things to do. Some of the nicest people I've ever met were there too. The only negative I can think of is the high cost of living.

Not on a whim, nope.

Dublin, Ireland.
[User Picture]From: anywhereanyone
2013-01-26 08:34 pm (UTC)

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I am from San Diego, and returned here last year. I've also lived in Chicago, Raleigh, Seattle, and Portland OR. I am so sick of the "the cost of living" is high statement. The cost of living is fucking high everywhere people. It's relative. In Raleigh for instance, where the cost of living might have been comparably lower, so too were the wages. Live in a city, pay more. Doesn't matter where.

Anyhow, San Diego is a desert environment. It's temperate, but sort of boring weather-wise, no real seasons. And it does get hot in the summer. Most of Southern and Central CA is like that. Things are very spread out.

The Mexican food in San Diego is outstanding. Like worth moving for alone.
[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2013-01-26 08:39 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: windyourneckin
2013-01-26 08:49 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: striga
2013-01-26 08:51 pm (UTC)

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I've lived in California all my life, mostly in Silicon Valley. Pros:
1) The weather is ideal (I'm terrified of moving to a place where it snows).
2) There's natural beauty to suit all tastes - forests, beaches, chaparral, marshes, etc, all within a short drive.
3) The population is richly diverse (my son is the only blond in his preschool).
4) There's an intellectual atmosphere of curiosity, questioning, and discovery.
5) Unemployment is low in this area.
6) We can go to a different museum every day of the week.

Cons:
1) OMG the MONEY! Rent is KILLING me!!!!! A thousand-square-foot fixer-upper in the city where I work costs a million dollars. Literally. $1,000,000.
2) If there are any other cons, I've been too busy enjoying the winter sunshine and scrambling for rent to notice.
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2013-01-26 10:01 pm (UTC)

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i stayed in a rental house with other people for 3 months over the summer almost 5 years ago. the house was between mendicino and fort bragg.
pros: even that far north the weather was great. the ocean was beautiful, and being an hour from san francisco was nice, but also not far from going up in the mountains or going to see the sequoias. the people were very nice and fort bragg was so quaint and had neat shops. glass beach is beautiful.
cons: cost of living! everything was more expensive, rent/price of owning a home were ridiculous. the taxes are high.

no. i always have a plan far in advance.

eugene, oregon
[User Picture]From: sonarafaey
2013-01-26 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Been living in southern California for the past six years. While I don't exactly hate it here, it's not my ideal place to live. The only good thing is that my husband has a high paying job here (which is why we moved in the first place). I think it's too hot and too expensive here. I'd move back to my home city in a heartbeat if I could.
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