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Where in Southern California should I move to?

I currently live about 20 miles south of Seattle (WA), and I've finally decided that I would like to move down to Southern California. I live in a decent (but small - 500 sq ft) apartment that I pay $675 for per month (that includes a base price for water, sewage, and garbage). At my current job my salary prior to taxes is 25k annually (I'm only 19). So I live a pretty decent lifestyle; I go out to eat a lot, I'm able to shop and whatnot without going broke. I'm looking to move to Southern California sometime within the next year or two, but I have no idea where would be a good fit for me. I want to live in the best weather possible - the warmer the better, and I want there to be plenty of shopping and eating options. Living near the beach would be a plus, but I understand that its also way more expensive. I need somewhere affordable yet safe for a young girl such as myself. I have a car, but I'll be willing to purchase a bike once I'm there in order to save money on gas, so I'd like all the necessities (maybe even my new place of work) to be easily accessible via bike. I have a few possibilities for living situations that range from being by myself in a studio or one bedroom (alone, I don't really care which as I don't need much space), or sharing a two bedroom with a friend. Because I'm not from California, I really don't know much about affordability and whatnot for the area. I've done a bit of searching around for the following cities as possibilities, but I'm open to anything in the general area of them: LA, San Diego, Hollywood, Oceanside, Long Beach, Pasadena, etc. I don't want to go north of LA. Suggestions please? The more detailed, the better.

Asked By: lilmisspunkmunky91 - 6/12/2012
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Our wages in the LA area are not much more, if at all, compared to other cities where expenses are much less, and rents are half or less than in LA. But the cost of living in the Seattle area is similar to LA, except in housing. Except I don't know anyone in LA that can go out a lot to eat on $25,000 a year, it is... More
Answered By: maliboo_girl - 6/13/2012
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Laguna beach and thereabouts are good Excluding specific gang areas, --which are obvious, most areas are "safe" with the safest being Catalina Island but you might feel closed in.
Answered By: kemperk - 6/12/2012
 
You will have to go to an area where you can find a job! Southern California is very expensive and a small one bedroom apartment in a fairly decent area could easily run $1200-$1500 p/mo. Your current salary of $25K p/yr will not allow you very many options in living in So Cal. Good luck
Answered By: Bill - 6/12/2012
 
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