If the thought of going through another snowy winter fills you with despair, you may be thinking about moving to California. People taking tech jobs in high-cost-of-living San Francisco aren’t the only ones going to the Golden State. The state’s population rose over 6% between 2010 and 2015. Interested?
You’ll most likely need a car
Unless you live in San Francisco, you will most likely need a car in California. It’s a huge state and most of the cities and towns are low-density communities with no public transportation. Based on where in California you lay the pipe down, traffic may also be a fixture in your life.
Democracy is huge in California
Remember the fight over Proposition 8 in California in ‘08? The ballot initiative, led by opponents of same-sex marriage, sparked a battle and heavy spending on both sides of the issue. Prop 8 is just one example of high-stakes democracy in California. While there are other states that allow citizen-proposed ballot initiatives, California is well-known for them. Any California resident can begin a petition and gather the necessary signatures to put a proposal on the ballot.
Higher education in California is the best
If you have children or are thinking about going to college yourself, we’re guessing you’ll want to take advantage of in-state tuition in California’s state university system. It’s the largest public university system in the nation. Though in-state tuition prices have increased over the years, they’re still low to what non-residents pay and still provide excellent value at some top-notch universities.
Moving to Cali won’t resolve all your issues
There’s a well-known study that researched happiness differences between California residents and Midwest residents. The result? There wasn’t any. People residing in Cali were no happier than those living with horrible winters in the Midwest. You can move to California, but don’t think that doing so will magically make a radical change in you.