I spent most of my life in California (moved there in 1969). Southern California in the 70's, 80's and 90's was fantastic. A truely awesome place to grow up. It's been living off that reputation ever since. So Cal is way too crowded now and Uber expensive to the point I would never consider moving back. If you lived there and bought a home before 2002, you are good to go, but now you can pay $500,000 for a home that I would not want to rasie my kids up in (neighborhood, schools, taxes, assault on 2nd Amendment). No longer the state I loved. My mom and one of the sisters and a brother still live there, but I only come to see them now. The crazy thing is that its now expensive, but you no longer get the great experience before the crowds, the schools used to be the best in the nation, housing was affordable. A blue collar worker could raise 5 kids in a nice neighborhood. Now its just pay through the nose for everything, put up with traffic and generally live in perpetual suck. I hate what has happened to such a wonderful place. They really screwed it up. There are many RED counties and small cities in California, they are just silenced by to big megalopolis'.
I agree, I've have relatives (mother's side of the family) who have lived in SoCal all their lives whom I have visited since the 70's. My family lived there before I was born in the 60's. All in Orange county and most in the City of Orange. I lived there after college, in Huntington Beach, from '96 to the end of '99 and it was a fantastic place for me, I moved when I did because the cost of living started increasing drastically at that time.
But now I'd never want to live there again, and all my family out there hates what it's become too, and over half of them moved in the 2000's from California to Texas, as did I (after a short stint back in Wisconsin where I had gone to college from '92-'96). My parents said it used to be great when they grew up there in the 30's and 40's and still was when they left in the late 60's. There reason for leaving was due to the L.A. smog of the late 60's, when it was at it's worst and my brother and sister where constantly getting sick from it.
My grandfather and grandmother (father's side of the family) also built a house in Hollywood back in the 40's, and sold it and moved in the late 60's too. They sold it for $100,000 and it's worth 5.3 million today!
I started a successful business in 2005, in Texas, with $5000, I had for 10 years and sold for $160,000. I could NEVER have done that in California
Edited by Gunstar, Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:44 AM.