Every time (and I am not exaggerating — I mean every single time) I tell a current or former California resident (whether they’re from the bay area or socal) that I’m thinking of moving to California, I am immediately greeted with the exact same response:
It’s so expensive to live here. Taxes are crippling. Basic living is unaffordable. State/local services are bankrupt. You would be smart to stay in Austin where it’s cheap and easy to live. It’s too HARD to live here.
Can anyone out there convince me otherwise?