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Old 11-13-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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Me Personally, I'm trying to get out of Southern California, high taxes, rude, materialistic, greedy people, overpopulated, broke school system . I'm looking to live in the south ( possibly Texas) But to help you, I cant think of a city in California the matches qualities of a city in the South (Thats why I'm moving out of state) without paying the high price of living so that said, the areas you want will cost you highly financially. In that case I would consider central california coast, Santa Barbara, San Lois Obispo, I dont know anything about Nevada or Arizona but I would look more into those states than California . Good luck
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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Bakersfield. It was heavily settled by Okies fleeing the dustbowl. That still has an influence there.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:48 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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Hello,

I am new to city-data and I need some advise.
For family reasons, I need to move to within a day's drive of relatives near the CA Central Coast and in Northern AZ.
Also, according to the doctor, a dry climate is good for my health.

(I live in the Pacific Northwest now, big mistake.)

So, I figure Southern California, Southern Nevada, or Western Arizona would be about right in where I need to be geographically, but I don't know what part would fit best.
Here's where I need help:

I was born in the desert and grew up mostly in East Texas. Even though it was kind of suburban, we went camping or out to the shore every chance we got. We knew all our neighbors - they were actually out every evening taking a stroll in shirtsleeves - and we rode our bikes almost all year.

The best times of my life were in Texas Texarkana, Louisiana, and Florida... gulf coast in general. I love gardening, and my favorite sport is swimming at rivers and warm beaches. I miss the real summer rainstorms!

Farms around are great, farms within city limits are even better, and really intense urban density or lack of trees makes me feel down.
I just do better with a friendly, slower pace of life.

Most of all, I want my kid to grow up outdoors, climbing trees, fed on BBQ.

Anyone lived in both regions? What worked and what didn't?
I know I cannot expect one place to be just like another, I just want to take my best shot at it.

It has taken me a lot of years to realize that happiness is not too much to ask for. It is better for everyone around you too!

Thank you all for any help!

Calexico is a great desert outdoorsy type of place for raising children and it's within a good days drive of the California coast , Arizona and Baja Mexican Coast.
Calexico, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mexicali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Did you ever check out Tehachapi? It's just 45 minutes up into the mountains from Bakersfield, and is an amazing place to live. I grew up in Tehachapi and have lived in the south for about six years, and think I understand what you're looking for.
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