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The Pros And Cons Of Living In California

California…where the year around temperature is 68°-72° on average. With stunning beaches and some of the most beautiful weather to offer, it’s easy to see why people travel across the country to make this their permanent home. It’s one of the best places to live! But while California is known for its gorgeous weather all year long, you should know both the pros and cons of living in California before you make a big move.

The Pros And Cons Of Living In California

There are many good reasons that California is a good place to live for people of all ages (and dogs, it’s very dog friendly!) and if you’ve ever wanted to live on the west coast, check out the pros we have listed for you!

Pros

Beautiful Beaches

California has the longest shoreline of any state here in the United States. No matter where you are in Cali, you can usually find yourself within good driving distance from both the beautiful beaches and the mountains. Something that I have always loved about this beautiful state is the proximity to the pacific ocean (just look up the coastal views!) and how easy it is to be in the great outdoors. 

Some of the best cities and counties in California are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange County, Santa Barbara, and Malibu. A trip up the 101 highway will take you along along the coast of California from the most southern point to the most northern point. And this trip does not disappoint!

Higher Than Average Salary

That’s right, if the cost of living is expensive, well then that means higher salary. California’s job market is a competitive one, too. With a higher than average salary, this can help offset the high cost of living. So if you live here, and work here, be prepared to negotiate a high than usual salary for yourself!

Year-round Sunny Weather

That’s right, we have some of the most beautiful weather there is to offer! I’d say 85% of the year it’s sunny and warm, while the other 15% is during the colder months.

While weather can be more and more unpredictable, with climate change, you are usually going to find sunshine wherever you go in CA. It’s a great place to be, especially in the winter months!

If you want a little less sunshine, you can focus your search to northern California. San Jose, the bay area, and San Francisco for cooler summers and slightly-damp winters.

Entertainment Industry

California is home to none other than Hollywood and Beverly Hills. While most A-list celebrities live in LA, you may find them at some of your favorite theme parks or just when you are out and about shopping on Rodeo Drive. It’s thrilling to think that LA offers some of the best history of Cinema, dating back to the golden era.

Diversity

One distinct thing about California, is how incredibly diverse we are! If you are a Californian and you have never ventured out of state, chances are you will have culture-shock when visiting another state.

Living in California means seeing lot’s of diversity from a variety of cultures and backgrounds to the overall acceptance of the LBGTQ community. We are inclusive, non-judging and one of the more diverse states in the US.

Cons

Whether you want to live in a small town, a big city, in northern California or southern, there are so many factors to measure. Make no mistake, living here can be down right expensive and moving out here, well, just google the median home price for a home in one of California’s hottest cities and compare it to the national average.

Taxes

We’ll jump right into it: most people have heard about this and it is actually a major reason why Californians leave CA. The taxes are so high and there seems to be a tax for everything. California is one of the most expensive places to live in the US.

We are convinced that there is a tax just to enjoy the sun so much so that it has its own name! The sunshine tax. It’s sad but unfortunately true.

Living Expenses

The Golden State is a very expensive state to live in. Along with high taxes, come high property taxes! Real estate here in CA is insane. Maybe not as bad as NYC but we are up there. 

To live anywhere near the coast, even a 20-30 min drive, you are likely to spend a hefty amount on a small 2-3 bedroom house. Average home price is CA is $683,996. In some counties a home for that price will get you a 2-3 bedroom fixer upper, and by that I mean you might as well gut it and do a total reno! The home prices in this state are no joke, even for a one-bedroom apartment.

The San Francisco bay area as well as Santa Monica and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles are the most expensive cities to live in, but you’ll often live within walking distance of a grocery store, coffee shop, art galleries, and trendy, unique shops. You will also very likely live in close proximity to the ocean or greenspace!

However, if you venture out towards the eastern part of California, it tends to be much more affordable but then you are finding yourself in much hotter weather and it just doesn’t feel like you’re in CA anymore.

Pollution

Unfortunately, CA has been dealing with its own epidemic with our pollution issues. One thing that was noticeably different was the quick retraction of pollution when the pandemic first began. California cities have so much traffic, the rush hour grind definitely contributes to the air quality.

While photos across the globe were pouring in after the earth basically stood still, Californian’s saw drastic improvements within days of commuters being off the roads.

Overpopulation

Another reason for the high cost of housing is people flocking to come to our beautiful state. High demand for housing makes the housing market go way up. Along with overpopulation comes hoards of traffic issues, over packed schools, and over populated cities.

Living in California has its share of cons, however, I personally think the pros outweigh the cons. I was born and raised in southern California and can’t ever imagine leaving home to live somewhere else. The sunny days out number the rain, the winters are short with warm weather during the day and cool, crisp nights, and it’s one of the best states in my opinion!

While I love to travel and explore new places, I keep coming back to Cali. There’s plenty of sunshine and great weather, and I love the positive vibes and being within close driving distance to either the beach or the mountains. California is an incredible place to live.

About the Author

Jovi Casie

Jovi studied Journalism at Southwestern College. She currently works full time and is a mom to a beautiful daughter, named Olivia. When she isn't working or spending time with family and friends, she enjoys being a crazy plant lady, watching HGTV and spending quality time with her daughter. You can often find her cozied up in a local coffee shop writing for her personal blog. She hopes to one day work full time as a writer and to inspire others to live a happy and successful life.

Website: www.jovicasie.com


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