Whether you are leaving to go to college in Pasadena or moving to LA to make your Hollywood dreams come true, there is so much to know about the Golden state. The pleasant weather, abundance of career opportunities, and incredible food options are just a few marvelous things California has to offer.
Here are some important things to know before your upcoming move to the west coast. Let’s dive in.
1. Cost Of Living
The cost of living in California is one of the highest in the country. From groceries to rent, be prepared to pay more in your everyday life in California. That being said, not every city is going to break the bank. Bakersfield, Chico, Clovis and Eureka are few places with affordable cost of living.
If you are moving across the country, you should avoid hiring full-service movers to save more.
2. Healthy Lifestyle is a Phenomenon
One assumption about California that’s actually true is the healthy lifestyle. The state is well-known for offering easy access to fresh produce.
When you move to California, expect yourself to get caught up in clean eating, working out and other healthy lifestyle changes. If you are vegan or have any other dietary restrictions, California has an abundance of specialty restaurants.
3. Car is a Necessity
California is a big state and unlike NYC, it’s not well-connected with public transit (except San Francisco). So you’ll probably need a car and driving will become a part of your lifestyle.
Like every other state, California has certain traffic rules that you might not be familiar with. We would recommend preparing yourself by downloading an app for fighting a speeding ticket in California.
4. Influencer Magnet
Just because you are moving to California does not mean you’ll run into Holywood A-listers (unless you’re moving to posh areas such as Calabasa or Beverly Hills). But if you are moving to LA, be prepared to come across social media influencers. In recent years, LA has become a hub for launching social media careers.
5. An Explorer’s Dream
When you think of California, you probably think of beaches. But here is a lot more to explore. If you love nature and adventures, then California will satisfy your wanderlust. From the thriving greenery of Yosemite National Park to the desert landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park, there is something for everyone.
6. Beware of Natural Disasters
Are you concerned about natural disasters? Well, California is susceptible to a few of them. Earthquakes are extremely common in California, though most of them are too small to be felt.
In 2020, the state experienced some of the worst wildfires in history. Even if wildfires don’t impact your city directly, the subsequent air pollution is concerning for surrounding areas.
7. Pack Wisely
The dress code in California is vastly different. Even for relatively formal events or workplaces, you’ll find people don’t go all out in suits. So pack accordingly. Moreover, if you are moving to south or central California, you can leave behind heavy winter coats and parkas.
8. Health Care
If you are young, then healthcare may not be something you’re prioritizing. But taking a lesson from the ongoing pandemic, good health care is crucial, no matter your age.
California is a great choice when it comes to good health care. It is the top fifth state offering the best health care in the country.
Many people are eager to lower their carbon footprint but might not have access to the necessary resources. Not in California! In addition to health, Californians are well-known for encouraging sustainable practices. From using renewable energy to eating locally, there are several ways to become more sustainable in California.
California is so much more than just Los Angeles. It has diverse landscapes, cultures, and residents. Hopefully, the tips mentioned above ensure a smooth relocation to the (mostly) sunny state.