There is a lot of discussion under the U.S. tab, then go to California. You will find a lot of information there. SF, LA, and SD are very expensive to live in. However, California is huge and if you are willing to live in a more inland area, there are jobs and the cost of living is very reasonable. Look at East San Diego County, Inland Empire, Lancaster, Bakersfield, Modesto, Fresno, Stockton, Davis, Redding. For example, in Redding, a nice 1 BR apt is $600 to $700 per month and buying a house is quite doable. It is a beautiful area next to Mt. Shasta, Shasta Lake, etc. Only downside is that it can get super hot (but dry) in the summer.