What is the most affordable place to live in Southern California?

My mom and I are moving from Champaign, IL to somewhere in SoCal.

Okay, so first off I know that cheap, and Southern California don't go together. That's why I'm asking what is the *most* affordable, neighborhood/city(of course staying out of the bad areas). Putting aside the cost of moving and buying a house, what are the living expenses like?(please no answers like, "too expensive!"). Whats an average electric/gas/water bills like for two people in a two bedroom house? Everyone says traffic is ridiculous there but I went and stayed in Los Angeles for a week in various areas, driving most of the time we were there, and the only time we got stuck in traffic was Friday night in downtown Santa Monica near the beach. I've also looked at ads from the grocery stores and I don't see a HUGE difference in price. As for gas, we both have economical vehicles(one of those being a motor scooter), I expect the gas to be 30-40 cents more a gallon, is that about right?

So basically I'm asking two main questions

1. Where is the most affordable place to live in Southern California(within an hour from LA or SD) while still living in a safe neighborhood?

2. What is the biggest expense of living in California?

We really want to move there, we understand it will be different and difficult, but we are willing to put forth the effort and struggle to start off. Please only constructive answers, don't just say "don't do it".

Thanks so much in advance for your help!

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  • 9 years ago
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    As you have probably learned there are about 100 different cities in LA County and hundreds of different neighborhoods. Most of those are middle class, meaning a 2 bedroom apartment will rent for $1000-$1500 a month.

    - Our utilities are probably cheaper than what you currently pay.

    - Since the oil platform fires about 5 years ago in the gulf, So Cal gasoline as been comparable to the rest of the country. Northern Cal is about $.50 more per gallon.

    - Auto and health insurance are very expensive; truly the MOST expensive things are traffic violations = Tiger Woods in Florida had to pay a fine for "wreckless driving" and it cost him $156. I got a ticket for a right turn on red (wasn't allowed in that area) and cost almost $600 (and this was my first ticket).

    Instead of use going through all the neighborhoods, it would be more productive for you to www.rentals.com or yahoo real estate and figure out what you can afford.

    Additionally, it's always smartest to work near where you live. A 30 mile commute could be 1.5+ hours a day each way. FYI - traffic during the winter is always worse than the summer (has to do with the light/dark & all the teachers/students commuting; if your were here in the summer, you won't have a good impression of the traffic).

    Remember, California unemployment is 12%. There are jobs to be had. You need to look and work to find them. If you don't have 9+ months of living expenses, don't come here until you have at least that.

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    3 years ago

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    RE :What is the most affordable place to live in Southern California?

    My mom and I are moving from Champaign, IL to somewhere in SoCal.

    Okay, so first off I know that cheap, and Southern California don't go together. That's why I'm asking what is the *most* affordable, neighborhood/city(of course staying out of the bad areas). Putting aside the cost of moving and buying a house, what are the living expenses like?(please no answers like, "too expensive!"). Whats an average electric/gas/water bills like for two people in a two bedroom house? Everyone says traffic is ridiculous there but I went and stayed in Los Angeles for a week in various areas, driving most of the time we were there, and the only time we got stuck in traffic was Friday night in downtown Santa Monica near the beach. I've also looked at ads from the grocery stores and I don't see a HUGE difference in price. As for gas, we both have economical vehicles(one of those being a motor scooter), I expect the gas to be 30-40 cents more a gallon, is that about right?

    So basically I'm asking two main questions

    1. Where is the most affordable place to live in Southern California(within an hour from LA or SD) while still living in a safe neighborhood?

    2. What is the biggest expense of living in California?

    We really want to move there, we understand it will be different and difficult, but we are willing to put forth the effort and struggle to start off. Please only constructive answers, don't just say "don't do it".

    Thanks so much in advance for your help!

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    First find a job, and then decide where to live. Doing it the other way around doesn't usually work.

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    For a two bedroom house, you shouldn't be spending more than $40 a month on utilities.

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