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Old 06-09-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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Default How does raising kids in California compare with other states?

How does raising kids in California compare with other states? Or even Southern California versus Northern California since they might as well be two different states?

I'll bet there are enough people who have done both and can give us their opinions on the topic. What do you feel are the pros/cons?
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Depends where in California. California has so much diversity that just about any state is "in California".

I like the western time zone and can watch the NBA finals starting at a decent 6PM. How do kids back east get to watch the games if they start at 9PM?

The nice weather in several parts of California allows kids to play outside all year round. But, often those nice weather places cost a lot more so that is a negative.

Traffic stresses parents out.

It's easier to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in California.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: California
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I only raised my kids in CA so I can't compare it to other states. LOL
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Hi Jaynetarzana,

We went from SoCal to CO to the Central Cal Coast. Of the three we like it here best, as I've mentioned to you before. I don't know too many who have lived in both SoCal and the Central Coast who prefer SoCal. However my boss and his wife from SD liked the warmer overall weather in SD more. And so when they retire they will probably return to SD.

The Central Coast is so much different from SoCal it may as well be another state. There are wide open spaces up here, far fewer cars, ppl, big buildings, less pollution, more green, etc... So from a quality of life perspective its better for us and our kids. However its like different strokes for different folks you know.

As far as CO it was totally different, more like the Midwest with the full seasons and long, cold Winters.

As to raising kids I think kids are very flexible. They go where their parents go. And if the parents like a place, they grow to appreciate similar things. Like ours love the outdoors, hiking, the coast, mtns, etc... They have a real appreciation for nature among other specific things which are unique to the Central Coast like the abundant marine life in the area, the coastal redwoods, seeing deer walk through local neighborhoods, relatively close proximity to the High Sierra, etc...

But as far as their peers/friends they could make friends anywhere they lived really. So if we preferred SoCal they would probably learn to like living there as well. Most really depends on you, the parents. If the parents are unhappy the kids pick up on that pretty quickly. For example we were so happy to be moving back to the West Coast from CO that our kids were equally if not more excited. And they have been ever since. The only thing they miss a little is playing in the snow. So we take them to the mountains in the Winter and they are fine with that.





Then we drive home to the coast and nights like this:




Derek

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Old 06-10-2011, 12:25 AM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Don't even think about it!
Look how I turned out.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Depends where in California. California has so much diversity that just about any state is "in California".
Pretty much , I don't understand questions that generalize California. Northern California is a lot different than Southern California. Even In Northern California, there are so many sub-categories and different cultures depending where you are. Raising a kid in San Fransisco is different than raising a kid in Sonora.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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Pretty much , I don't understand questions that generalize California. Northern California is a lot different than Southern California. Even In Northern California, there are so many sub-categories and different cultures depending where you are. Raising a kid in San Fransisco is different than raising a kid in Sonora.
Which is why I asked "How does raising kids in California compare with other states? Or even Southern California versus Northern California since they might as well be two different states?"
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Which is why I asked "How does raising kids in California compare with other states? Or even Southern California versus Northern California since they might as well be two different states?"
And also bear in mind that Eastern CA is basically a different world than the Coastal Counties. What are your values? Liberal? Conservative? Religious? Like the outdoors? Like Malls?

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Pretty much , I don't understand questions that generalize California. Northern California is a lot different than Southern California. Even In Northern California, there are so many sub-categories and different cultures depending where you are. Raising a kid in San Fransisco is different than raising a kid in Sonora.
Yep. IMO raising kids in the Sierras is way healther than in the Bay Area or LA. Low Crime, great schools.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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I am interested in hearing all perspectives on this topic.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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But until you narrow it down, no specifics can be forthcoming. California is a vast state and the differences between areas is substantial. The difference between a place like Mammoth and San Ysidro is night and day. There's huge differences just in Southern California. Orange County is nothing like LA, nor is the Inland Empire of Riverside County. And those are all within a 40 mile radius of one another!
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