New York and California are both large states that each have a multitude of cities and areas of various sizes, climates, affordability, and attractions. If you're comparing NYC to LA, then it's like apples to oranges, in the sense that they're both distinctly different but have enough similarities to at least belong to the same food group. If you're comparing Geneva, NY where you get a lovely four-bedroom house for $300,000 to LA then......there's no comparison. As for the weather, well that all varies dramatically based on the city. I mean, San Fran and Death Valley have extremely different climates. The weather in LA also depends on where you live. Along the coast it's significantly cooler than further inland. It's not uncommon for there to be a 20 degree difference between Santa Monica and Burbank in the summer
My family moved to LA from the UK when I was four, and I've remained in California ever since except for one year that we lived in NYC. This is my pro and cons lists between the two:
- Costs. It actually manages to make LA look affordable. The cost of living is staggeringly high. A small one bedroom in an ordinary part of LA will usually cost you upwards of $1200 in rent, but in NYC it's not uncommon to pay $1800+ a month for a studio. The average cost of rent in NYC is currently a gut-punching $3418 a month. Other expenses like daycare, groceries, and parking (if you dare to own a car) are also higher. We were paying more for a smaller home there than in LA where we have a house with a nice yard.
- Weather. It's often miserably hot and humid in the summer, and cold and bitter in the winter.
- Weather. They actually experience the four seasons of the year, and fall and spring are often glorious.
- Sociability. Since few people drive in NYC, they tend to walk more places and to hang out in their neighborhoods more. This sort of creates a surprising small-town vibe in an enormous city. Within weeks of being in NYC we were familiar faces at the bodega, the Starbucks, Sarabeth's, the little hardware store, the park, and other places in our neighborhood.
- Friendliness. New Yorkers are often stereotyped as being rude, aggressive, and unfriendly, but NYC has actually been ranked as one of the politest cities in the US. I also found most people to be really nice.
- Ease of travel. You can hop on Amtrak and travel to multiple different states fairly easily, and if you ever want to go to Europe the flights are the cheapest and the shortest.
- Culture. There are excellent museums, art galleries, restaurants, Broadway, and off-Broadway.
- Cost of living. It's not as pricy as NYC, but it's still substantially more than the national average.
- Smog. Right now it's ridiculously beautiful in LA because the wind blew the smog away for a while and you can see all the mountains clearly, but in the summer you wouldn't even know the mountains existed because of the smog.
- It's naturally gorgeous Yes, parts of LA are filled with grime and graffiti and you have to look harder to find something pretty, but there are other parts that will make your heart sing. The oceans and the mountains create this dramatic, arrestingly beautiful scenery. You don't have to be a billionaire living in an expensive neighborhood to take it in. There are scenic drives, public hiking trails, and plenty of beaches.
- It's a natural playground. If you're an active person you can do all kinds of water sports, mountain bike, hike, or drive a couple of hours up into the mountains for winter sports.
- Weather. We have a lovely Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers that are usually not oppressively hot, and sunshine the majority of the year.
- Jacaranda season. To me this is the best time of the year. It's in May when there are jacaranda trees in bloom with their purple petals scattered everywhere.
- Culture. We have it, too. We also have fantastic museums, and some of ours are free. A lot of people don't realize it, but LA also has some great theaters. We also have the iconic Hollywood Bowl and the Greek where some of the best concerts ever are held, and Coachella is within easy driving distance and basically something everybody young and interesting does here.
Bahaha. My answer is so long. I need to be back in school already without so much free time.