Is Everybody Moving to California? - page 6

Just an observation but, it seems like there's a flood of posts lately from people inquiring about moving here. Not too long ago the local news seemed to be filled with stories about people... Read More

  1. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Italiana
    I'm from the East Coast, moved here 7 years ago and now on my way back. I consider myself a warm and friendly person. However, in all the time I've been here I haven't been able to meet any decent people. They are all so fake. I'm tired of them saying one thing in your face and another behind your back. Let's not talk about the unit! It is 1000 times worse there.

    Have people experienced this in other parts of the country? I work with a bunch of jealous, back-stabbing ******* (women AND men). Is it SoCal or just the nursing culture in general?
    I think it's just people, period. I've lived on both coasts and the south and it's pretty much all the same, really. Geography, unfortunately, doesn't change human nature.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Oct 7, '06
  2. by   Sheri257
    Quote from LJLeach
    I was beginning to think that all of California was moving to Phoenix!!!
    Well ... a lot of people sold their houses here and paid cash for cheaper homes in Arizona and elsewhere. I could have done that but, I don't want the higher patient ratios you get in Arizona. The RN pay is a lot lower there also ... $15K less year on average, actually.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Oct 7, '06
  3. by   Sheri257
    Quote from 91C_ARMYLPN
    In all honesty, my family and I are looking into moving to Arizona. As a LVN, the wages seem to be competitive/decent.
    I do think it's very different situation for LVN's. In California the wages and job opportunities just aren't the same for LVN's as it is for RN's. I'd probably look at the whole thing differently if I was an LVN.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Oct 7, '06
  4. by   ChargeNurseAmy74
    i live in stockton california, born & raised, yesterday in fact it was awarded the worse city in california for crime. apparently worse than oakland & l.a & sacramento...i'm still not leaving, this is my home. traffic? yes it can get bad, especially on fridays, is housing high? mm..very!! but california has so many oppourtunities and life is good. i have the ocean, the mountains, the desert..what else could i want? pay is good for nurses and also what my husband makes as a correctional officer, my children live well. i lived in different states when my husband was in the army, but..in the end, i came back here..love california!!

    nurse2bamy
  5. by   Dakkon76
    I wish everyone who moved from California here to Idaho would go ahead and move back... looking at things from this side it seems like a mass migration from Cali to Northern Idaho!
  6. by   ChargeNurseAmy74
    Quote from Dakkon76
    I wish everyone who moved from California here to Idaho would go ahead and move back... looking at things from this side it seems like a mass migration from Cali to Northern Idaho!

    :uhoh21:
  7. by   777RNThatsMe
    Yep LOTS of cali ppl come to the pac nw and idaho, etc....lots and lots and that is why in the seattle area (general) the real estate took a 16.5 percent increase last year in 2005. You think Cali living is expensive.....pac nw will be hit just the same over the next 5 years. You watch.
  8. by   MSUnurse
    Quote from lizz
    I think it's just people, period. I've lived on both coasts and the south and it's pretty much all the same, really. Geography, unfortunately, doesn't change human nature.

    :typing
    I have to agree. I live in Louisiana and will be moving to California when I graduate in December. I spent 5 years in Huntington Beach several years ago, and I made friends easier there than I do here in Louisiana. I miss California...the scenery, the weather, and the diversity. I don't care if I have to pay $1200-$1500 in rent. It will be well worth it to me. I, too, have experienced a few earthquakes, but at least I didn't have to evacuate like I did last September when Hurricane Rita hit. Also, I know drugs are a problem everywhere, but they are rampant here in Louisiana--even among professionals. I'm so ready to leave this place. California here I come!
  9. by   smk1
    Quote from 777RNThatsMe
    Yep LOTS of cali ppl come to the pac nw and idaho, etc....lots and lots and that is why in the seattle area (general) the real estate took a 16.5 percent increase last year in 2005. You think Cali living is expensive.....pac nw will be hit just the same over the next 5 years. You watch.
    yes we are kind of experiencing it now. The housing market has gotten way out of hand and wages will decent are not keeping pace with the inflated cost of living. But I can't blame californians who wanted a cheaper place to be. We are toying with the idea of moving in a few years as well if things keep going up. At least we got into a house before being priced out of the market.
  10. by   luv2shopp85
    I cannot understand people moving from California where the weather is nice all year round.... to seattle where its cold and rains a LOT.
  11. by   ukrn2ca
    I'm moving all the way from the UK. If you know anything about the NHS & it's current state you will understand why I'm leaving UK nursing.
    I also hate the weather in the UK & much prefer the CA climet.
    My husband has lots of family in CA & do any of us need a better reason to move than to spend more time with the people we love :kiss
  12. by   NewJA
    In 1997, I lived in California for 2-3 months and I was forced to leave California entirely because I had no chance whatsoever of affording to live there in my own apartment unless I worked two jobs 70-80 hours per week. Sure, maybe I could have moved out to the middle of nowhere and afforded to live there working 55-60 hours a week, but that totally defeats the purpose of moving to California in the first place - weather is no where near as nice, no ocean, and no cultural diversity and socially active city with lots to do.
    In my naive and ignorant youth, I was absolutely shocked to find that the typical blue collar job there pays not one cent more than it does where I am from in NY where the cost of living was literally 1/2 (and now less than 1/2) what it was in CA.

    The disparity between rich and poor in CA is absolutely terrible. In many jobs, the increase in pay is either non existant, or not nearly commensurate with the increased cost of living, and I can already tell based on what I've read here that this is true for nursing too. The competition for jobs and housing is unimaginable. A studio in SF is 1,200 a month minimum, while one here in Tempe, AZ is 550-600 a month for a place in the best part of town. Sure, I could live in a studio in the middle of the desert in California for maybe 800-900, but what's the point?
    The social problems common accross America appear to be acutely magnified and blown out of proportion in the preferred areas of California.

    My brother moved to California (SF) last Novemeber, and his obsession with staying there has been a complete disaster for himself and the whole family, resulting in a huge drain of time, energy, and money on my dad and I.

    I see people saying that California isn't that expensive if you go to the right places. I see people saying 1,300 dollars a month for a mortgage is not too expensive... Where I am from in NY, you can have a mortgage for a nice house for maybe 600-900 bucks, and the difference in pay from that part of NY to California is anywhere from nothing to a few bucks more, depending on the career in question. 1,300 dollars a month for a mortgage in a small town in inland California is completely outrageous. I would never live inland in California far from the ocean and the big cities and pay that kind of money.


    I have a very affluent and intelligent Uncle who lives in California with his wife and two kids. He makes a ridiculous ton of money, and he says he cannot afford to retire in California at all, and that "There is no more reasonably priced land left in California"


    California is still by far my preferred choice to live in the US, with out comparison. However, I am realistic, unlike my brother. I will not be moving to California.

    If you're willing to live in inland California in the desert, why not come to the desert in Arizona, where the cost of living is FAR less than it is in those areas of California?

    As for California bashing, I am a California lover, and a California basher.
  13. by   luv2shopp85
    When you live in california your paying for the nice weather with no snow. NYC is just as expensive and usually more expensive than California so I'm not sure which part you're referring to that you live in but its probably not NYC. In new york its cheaper but you're also getting cold weather and snow.

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