If you really look at it; all the Continental US States have their 'nice' places too live. It is just a matter of what you can afford, and what your geographic preferences are.
I live in LA Calif; and have lived here all my life in the beautiful San Fernando Valley. I have been all around, and have lived in the Orient, as beautiful, and cheep, as it was, I still ended up back in Sherman Oaks.
Luckily I was able too maintain the economics it takes too live there.
LA the SFV, Santa Monica, and Hollywood have the most diversified environments one could ever see, but I still felt comfortable there.
I am retired now, and live on my 40' Chris Craft. If I feel I need too move, then I just, up anchor, and go.