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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 47Low Cost of Living Ranking: 46
State Economy Ranking: 43
|Average Temperatures (Los Angeles):
The Short of It
What food best represents California?
- Avocado 1
- Tacos! 2
- Fish Tacos 3
- Mexican 4
- Burritos 5
- See’s Candy 6
- Sustainable, local, and organic — I prefer Mexican 🙂 7
- Avocados? Citrus? Mexican food? — So many! 8
What song best represents California?
- California – Tom Petty 1
- Pet Sounds album (the whole thing) – Beach Boys 2
- California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & the Papas 3, 6, 8
- California English – Vampire Weekend 7
How does CA refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda 1-8
If you could take a friend to one place in CA, where would it be?
- Yosemite National Park 2
- Napa 3
- Lake Tahoe 4, 5
- San Francisco 7
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about CA?
- That everyone drives a Prius. 1
- That we are all shallow, rich, Botoxed, tan, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills types that all drive nice cars. 3
- That everyone lives near the beach and surfs. 6
- That Northern and Southern California are “close.” We are a whole day’s drive apart and totally different places. Most importantly, Northern California (with San Francisco) is not a place you come to visit beaches, especially during foggy, cold summers! 8
Best aspect about living in CA?
- Mild weather year round. Beach, mountains (snow), desert, all within a short drive of each other. 1
- The geography of the entire state is incredible. There is so much stuff to do here it’s unreal. Also, the weather has to be about the best in the US I think. And, of course, the ocean. 3
- The weather is ALWAYS beautiful. And I’m talking always. Any deviation from 70-75 degrees and people think the world is coming to an end. I’m sure you guys remember this. 🙂 4
- It’s hard to make a generalization about CA because North versus South are so different so I’ll say that the best part about Northern California is how accessible so many different things are: Tahoe for skiing, hiking, outdoor activities; wine country is everywhere and it can be a day’s drive; the beaches are great for big wave surfers despite being chilly; great golf courses; Silicon Valley for great employment opportunities; an insanely good food scene; wonderful institutions of higher learning; I could go on and on. 8
Worst aspect about living in CA?
- LA Traffic 2
- Traffic, pollution, overpopulated, high cost of living, did I mention traffic? It’s bad. 5
- Since so much of the state was built within the last 50-60 years, some of the neighborhoods feel very cookie-cutter. 6
- Government/politics; cost of living (in Southern CA); virtually no seasons; depending on where you live, you must get in the car to go anywhere :(, traffic, fast paced lifestyle, no more open space. 7
Summarize your feelings about California in five words.
- Never gonna let you go 1
- Weather, mountains, ocean, desert, wine 3
- Sunny, beautiful women, great life 4
- It is not for everyone 5
- perfect weather, Mickey Mouse, ocean, laid-back, traffic 6
- Never lived anywhere else 7
- California: Two very different states 8
Our Freaking Take
California is home to me. And by California, I mean Southern California. The Northern part of the state is foreign to me. For the first 17 years of my life, I thought all high schools offered zero period surf class, had outdoor campuses, and practiced earthquake drills. I look back fondly on my upbringing and deep down, I think California might just be my ideal forever place. Unfortunately, it’s also freaking expensive. I can handle the traffic, the smog, even the Lakers. But the cost of living and financial well-being of the state seem too insurmountable for a young family just starting out. I’d love nothing more than to be closer to the Pacific Ocean and In-N-Out (which is the ONLY food you should eat if you visit the state), but my City of Angels and Golden Bear State might just have to wait.
How did these answers line up with your perception of California? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?