U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 03:04 AM
 
1 posts, read 3,205 times
Reputation: 11
Default Are you "living" or "struggling" here in Socal and why do you remain?

This is my first post and i'm glad to be here! I've been living here (Santa Ana) for 4 years now and have been renting ever since. I'm originally from Canada and my wife from Chicago and we have 2 boys (2 and 4). Only one source of income in the household since i'm back in school (career switch from marketing to RN). Anyways, our plan was just to stay for 1 year and then head back to Chicago but we're still here. We are set on staying here and our goal like everyone else is to have a home.

I would like to know with all curiosity and sincerity;

Are you "living" or "struggling" here in Socal and why do you remain?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Unread 09-22-2007, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Yellville,AR.
139 posts, read 303,158 times
Reputation: 106
Default A Native that Left So CA and GLAD

Hello and Welcome, This site is fantastic and you can meet nice people. Now , I am a Native Californian, that moved in '03 knowing from past experience what was happening again, BUST. My Wife and i were sick of paying 2000 a Mo. in rent for a House in Culver city and yes Struggling- NOT WORTH IT! Take your family to a safer place, ( i know santa ana very well), go where there is - clean , air, water, doe some research, there are many great places for Families. We moved to No Arkansas , which is great for Families and Outdoors, and JObs too, and good schools, . IF you dont like Humidity, then Look at New Mexico, yes the land of enchantment- our next move, no we arent rich, just will use equity here to buy there- and its cheaper than CA by far, with Land so your kids can really run and play. So many other places- sorry but We hopefully will never move back, even though we have Family there, and they practically beg us too, But Noooo Way, I never liked the Politics, the Hypocritical decisions the state, school boards make, Emission is bull and inefficient as well. Only the Power Developers and Corps still run Calif, not the place for individual or small business to thrive, keeping up the the stupid Joneses. I am 55 and saw a lot of growth in CA. which the sprawl breaks your heart.
NUF said, Best WIshes, and consider what i wrote for your family's sake , they will thank you and respect you for it more. Good Luck in ALL.

Last edited by Greenmon; 09-22-2007 at 03:31 AM.. Reason: grammar
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 04:01 AM
 
1,831 posts, read 3,355,263 times
Reputation: 634
We're "living" because, after making some big mistakes in our earlier years ... we figured we better learn from those mistakes and make better financial choices because we're middle aged and wanted to retire some day.

Four years ago I had a choice between going into real estate and going to RN school and, luckily, I chose RN school because I figured the housing boom was going to bust. If I had chosen real estate then we'd really be struggling right now but, since I'm an RN and making good money, we're fine.

While I was in nursing school ... we also lived within our means, buying a cheap house out in the desert so ... we don't have monster mortgage payments like other people do. We made sure we got a fixed rate (which was not the norm at the time) and only pay $1,200 a month including insurance and taxes. We never borrowed on our house during the boom either.

I won't ever leave California unless I retire because this the best state for nurses. California, for example, is the only state with a ratio law that limits patient loads for nurses. In other states they really overload you with patients.

We both have good jobs with good retirement benefits so ... that's also why we're staying.

Last edited by sheri257; 09-22-2007 at 04:15 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Northeastern WI
19,242 posts, read 15,261,973 times
Reputation: 35122
Many people feel the same way, whether its Calif or anywhere else. A lot of times people who are struggling to move into or out of someplace is because they cant afford to go somewhere else, at least some of them. Other times there are things holding them back, maybe family who live there or the spouse doesnt want to relocate. There are many reasons.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
26,365 posts, read 49,237,562 times
Reputation: 16051
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbboy View Post
Are you "living" or "struggling" here in Socal and why do you remain?
I think you'll see pros and cons, examples of living and struggling, if you check out these threads:

What Keeps U In La!

My fellow Californians..Are you struggling with the possibility of leaving?

want to move to LA on a budget

Want to move to CA (lived there before), but see people leaving

LA is not the worst place as some claim

Appropriate reasons to leave California

Leaving California - but to where?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: In a house
18,711 posts, read 12,503,942 times
Reputation: 13380
We were "living" in SoCal during the 80's. Good years for us. When the recession came along things went downhill and never seemed to come back up---at least for us. Prices kept going up on just about everything. Places changed and not for the better..at least in our opinion. I won't speak for everyone, I can't. My family still lives in CA and love it. I too loved it but not towards the end. We were struggling. We were going to retire and CA was to expensive and to many changes....so we moved. There will always be things I love about CA but things I don't much care for now. Living again in NC!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Working on relocating
800 posts, read 2,921,909 times
Reputation: 436
I think it really depends on if you have kids or not. Hubby and I don't have kids and don't plan on it, so it's easier to move emotionally and well, financially
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 01:39 PM
 
110 posts, read 467,736 times
Reputation: 46
California is just so huge. There are expensive places & inexpensive places to live. Once you are through with school & have your Nursing Degree you will be a lot more flexible in deciding where you want to live, based on whatever job offers you receive. Great career choice.

When you look at job options, if it were me, I'd move somewhere more small town to raise my kids.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Unread 09-22-2007, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
1,374 posts, read 2,539,629 times
Reputation: 874
In all honesty, we CAN afford to live here without struggling, and have been. But we're moving elsewhere to live a little more the way we'd like to. We have 2 kids, and would maybe like a third - not something we can do in our comfort zone in California if we live where my husband can get a job and continue to have me be a stay-at-home-parent. We've done quite adequately financially, but my husband works too hard and too many hours with skills that are way too in demand for me to be entirely thrilled with living as we are.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $74,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:22 PM.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top