I live in upstate NY. It would be perfect here if we New Yorkers weren't so overly taxed. If I were to choose another place to live and work as an RN, it would be the mountains of western NC. Pure heaven.
To work? I'm gonna go with CA for the ratios even though that and the nursing job shortage are the only things I know about working in CA. I would love to live in San Francisco though, so working there would certainly make that easier!
I've always wanted to live in San Francisco! Back in high school when everyone said there was a nursing shortage, I decided I wanted to work at Kaiser on Geary Blvd and rent a room close by so I could bike everywhere. Of course now that's virtually impossible to do as a new grad.