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Old 08-05-2009, 11:44 PM
 
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Hello everyone,
I wanted to move to california after i graduate frm a 4 yr university. I was wondering if someone can suggest me a place (city/suburb) that is approx 2-3 hrs far frm Los Angeles. I will be a recent grad so money is kinda tight but also need a good neighborhood. I have never been to CA so have no idea where to start looking. Please help me and suggest me some places which would be great for me to move in. About 50-100 miles frm LA.
Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:28 AM
 
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When are you graduating? Try to get a job lined up first. I would not, in this economy, move to California without a job, especially if you've never visited the state. I know that's not what you're asking for, but really, really do think carefully before you move. And please try to come visit; sometimes moves to a new place you've never visited work out fine (we made a work-related move to LA without ever having been in the city before making the decision to take the job), but as people have noted repeatedly on this forum, the people who have the highest expectations for what California will be like are also likely to be the ones who are most disappointed when they get here and realize that it's not perfect.

I'd suggest narrowing down what it is that you want out of a city or neighborhood first, beyond what you have so far. You can then pick out places that might be a good match and target your job search in those areas. You won't really know how much you can afford for rent (the biggest financial hurdle) until you get a job, and again, in this economy you really don't want to move here without a job. Jobs are scarce in many places right now, but it's worse in CA than in a lot of states. See if your college can help with job advice. Maybe they have some alumni connections out here that can help. Be warned, though, that there are a lot of people out of work right now, and they're all looking for jobs, too.

50-100 miles from LA can bring you to the mountains, by the beach, the "Inland Empire," etc. For that matter, LA itself is absolutely huge and the metro area covers a vast territory, so you also can't really think in terms of miles from LA, as there's no one central measuring point.

California's great, and there are a lot of wonderful towns and cities out there, so I'm not discouraging you from trying to make the move (you've got to live somewhere, after all!) but do want to make sure you're aware of the potential difficulties on the job front before you move, especially since you say money is tight.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Why do you want to move to California if you have never been here? Is it because of what you see on television and in the movies? If that is the reason then you are in for a big shock. I live in Los Angeles and absolutely love it, but I would not recommend even thinking of moving to California until you visit. It's not for everyone and you could end up hating it.
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