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Old 10-05-2006, 09:55 AM
Location: Southern California
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I am from Southern California but I was going to move to Northern CA and look into living into different counties such as Mendecino, Modoc, San Benito e.t.c.
In moving to a new location I am always compelled to ask the following questions because they do play a key role in the decision-making process.

I've been told that some of the Northern counties and certain cities are downright hostile toward African Americans. For example, in Northern California, there's a small town called Oildale. It's near Bakersfield and is known as a Klan stronghold.

So, as a single black, female in my late thirties who works in education I need to know these kinds of facts that aren't found on any demographic chart. Not what society "should" be, but rather what is.

Secondly, in these same counties are there semi rural and rural areas where I would be allowed to live in a mobile home on my own land? Oh yeah, how expensive is the land?

Lastly, I work in adult education i.e. English as a second language and literacy so what are the job prospects?
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:33 PM
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
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You've definitely picked a variety of areas with Mendocino, Modoc, and San Benito Counties. I'm a married, white female, so I'll do my best with the demographics (but my brother is married to a black woman). Although there are a few cities and areas where the residents think they live in Selma, AL, most areas will be fine. There are many places where you could live on acreage in a mobile home, but the most affordable area I think is outside of Redding, Red Bluff, or Chico. There are teaching jobs available and the homes and land are much cheaper than other areas. Mendocino is definitely open minded but is outrageously expensive and not many jobs. Modoc is pretty isolated to find a teaching job. San Benito is a very rural area with large farms and not many jobs.

I would start by researching Tehama and Shasta Counties. Let me know if there are other counties you are looking at.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:01 PM
Location: Southern California
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Thanks for the information. It gives me an ideal of where to begin looking first.
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:50 PM
Location: CA
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I grew up in Mendocino County, and although there are many liberal enclaves, the African-American community is very under-represented. A lot of rednecks in the hills, and Whites and Hispanics everywhere else. I wouldn't feel comfortable there if I wasn't White or Hispanic/Latino.
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