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I guess we're just ready for a change in climate and lifestlye. Our 3 sons are outdoors fanatics and frequently comment that they wish they were able to spend more time outdoors even in the winter. All suffer from eczema and allergies, and the cold weather really does a number on them. We are also at a point now that we are ready to find a bigger/new house but don't want to limit our options in the same state alone. I am aware that CA life is very expensive but how expensive it is will really be defined by crunching the numbers. Are there any other places in Sac that are not as expensive to live in? If so, which school districts are better?
The weather is nice out here. In the Summer it gets really hot..it's a moist heat and gets into the 100s. But, most people have swimming pools and air conditioning to deal with that.
Alot of people complain about allergies being a big problem out here due to the many trees and flowers in bloom. My hubby has yr round allergies and if he goes 1 day without his meds...he is sneezin' like crazy!! I don't suffer from allergies, so I enjoy the scenery more than he does
Less expensive areas of Sac would include Rancho Cordova, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Carmichael areas. These areas are older and more established. Elk Grove is relatively a new city, so costs out there are pretty high. Downtown Sac and West Sac are getting pretty high too. Honestly, the cost of everything, including gas is ridiculous and will only get higher thru the summertime. We have alot of people moving up here from the San Francisco/Bay area and that is jacking the cost up for all of us up here.
I grew up in Sacramento area. I love it here. There are many positives to living here. The scenery is #1 and we are close to other California hot spots. But, the biggest problem up here is the expanding population growth and all the problems that leads to. Our state is financially struggling, school/social programs are being cut. Urban sprawl has created lots and lots of homes, but not lots and lots of jobs. The air quality up here is getting worse, the traffic has gotten to be a huge nightmare. My husband commutes about 14 miles to work and it takes him at least 45 minutes to get to work via freeway. It takes him over an hour to get home from work. We have contemplated moving out of California, but all our family is still here.
As you can see, I have mixed feelings about this area.
Nursing pay varies depending upon which health system you are working for, if you are union, etc.
You might want to take a trip out here first, to make sure you like it here. Good luck! -Tweetiepie