The real estate is out of control, it has one of the highest state income taxes and everything is expensive. I am originally from the south, but have lived alot of places including the NE....in the NE by the WAS expensive too....but it was rural (CT) and people liked it that way....it had a good sense of community and wholesomeness.
Here...while there are alot beautiful areas to take in....and we have only lived here for 2 yrs....I feel like I am in a vacation place....it doesnt feel real. I DO miss other places I have lived in the respect where there are normal people not consumed with everything that is LA. Northern CA is nice....but is is expensive...again.
If I were younger and didnt have kids....I wouldnt mind doing 2-3 yr stint here just to see all the stuff....Santa Barbara, lake tahoe, yosemite, san diego, big sur, etc....I dont love it enough to live here....but for now I do....live here, not love it. I am looking forward to the next place OUT of CA. Too many ppl, and too expensive...nice to visit, but wouldnt want to live.
And also the earthquake thing....we check the activity of all the small temors....and they are constant...the experts keep saying we are due for a big one....hopefully we will be out of here by then! lol
People out here are definitely laid back more...and back east everyone is so hustle bustle....I never see anyone dress up in the way I see folks dress up back east....believe it or not, you miss it sometimes. Out in the burbs where I live...people are nice....but I feel alot of people are caught up in all the entertainment influence....because I have never been around it...I dont buy into to it, plus I have young kids. I think at the end of the day...you would want to be in a place where people were friendly and geniune.....and I have a hard time finding that comfortable place where ppl are that way.