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Old 05-08-2009, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Antioch
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Hi,


my wife and I would like to move to the LA area, but we read a lot that it is very high crime rated, dirty around and very expensive for housing, cars and living. And also the job market is the worst there in the whole nation? Is this really true?
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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my wife and I would like to move to the LA area
Is this really true?

Why do you want to move to LA?
What line of work are you in?
Where are you going to work?
What is your housing budget?
Kids? Ages?
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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My 2cents

very high crime rated - yes but only in certain areas, petty crime like car theft is pretty rampant
dirty around - yes and no, air quality is bad but no dirtier than any other city
very expensive for housing - yes and yes
cars - no, lots of used car supply in the area, you can get a deal if you work for it
living - yes

the job market is the worst there in the whole nation - no, worst in the nation is probably las vegas / phnx but it is bad like most places in CA
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: la socal
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petty crime like car theft is pretty rampant
very true.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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It just amused me that the thoughts on car theft are high but at the same time the supply of used cars is also high. Just wondering? Are we buying our cars back from those that stold them?

The truth is that Fresno has more car thefts than LA.

I never thought of LA as dirty. I guess it depends where you hang out.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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Crime: From my perspective, yes, crime is high and less "pocketed" than in many other large cities. That said, I've never been the victim of a violent crime and only know a few people who have been (example: one of my wife's friends was shot in the head after being robbed at an ATM - and he did give the guy his money without problem).

Cleanliness: L.A. is filthy compared to many other large-scale cities. I had a friend visit in Chicago (grew in up in L.A.) and she was stunned at how clean Chicago is compared to L.A. The air quality is also horrible, not unlike Houston.

Expense: Cost of living is very, very high and is driving many people out of California. That is one of the reasons I left - the cost of our lives in CA was so, so much higher than where we are now it was really a no-brainer.

Job market: I don't know how the job market compares to other cities because it really depends on the type of industry you are in. That said, CA's current unemployment rate is substantially higher than the national norm.

I would first ask yourself what it is specifically that you find so attractive about L.A. prior to moving.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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If car theft is petty, why is it called Grand theft auto?
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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I also don't consider car theft "petty". Petty theft is having something stolen from your car (like the two times mine was broken into), but not stealing the car itself.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Petty theft and grand theft are determined by the dollar amount of the item(s) stolen.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Antioch
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I don't think they pay you $7/h as a Manager, do they?

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