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Should I pick up and move to California? Looking for objective viewpoint!?

Background: I have a 15 year-old daughter adopted as an infant from China who is a good student. She is focused on her college choices and she wants to attend college in California. We have lived in a suburb of New Orleans almost her entire life, since she was 3. The problem is that she's in a fishbowl here. Our roots to this area are greatly diminished now (most family now deceased) and we find ourselves with an opportunity to move this summer, if we so desire. She very much desires to be in a more progressive, metropolitan area and I really don't blame her. I feel like I owe her that -- to live in a part of the United States where she has more options than she would have here as a young college student, then adult. The other students at her high school leave a lot to be desired, without going into detail. We have visited California many times and our favorite area is around the San Francisco area, though we're open to other areas as well. It's funny, I never thought I would like the San Francisco area because it was similar to the New Orleans area but I love that area of California. We could always continue to visit and keep our home base here but she really wants to graduate from a high school in California and continue her college education there, which I can't blame her--that's what she wants. I tried getting her interested in the East Coast based upon my familiarity with the area, but she didn't like it much. I should be able to find a relevant job in the area (I am a DBA) but I most worry about housing and moving our pets. It's such a big move and I'm not that terribly far away from retirement age. I would appreciate any objective viewpoint and/or ideas.

Asked By: MonaLisa - 2/16/2013
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Answered By: Ronald - 2/17/2013
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That is one of the most expensive places to live in the country. Go for it if you can afford it.
Answered By: Tumbleweed1954 - 2/16/2013
 
California is one of the MOST expensive states to live in. Your cost of living may increase from 50 to 100%. If you're a BDA you need to understand that California is very UNFRIENDLY toward businesses. The regulations and "red tape' will astound you... More
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Answered By: Allison - 2/16/2013
 
CA is very expensive,especially the bay area. you need to take a short trip and look around where you think you want to live and see if you can find work and a place you can afford.CA has one of the highest tax rates in the nation and high unemployment. the cities in CA are very spread out and public transportation is... More
Answered By: R K - 2/16/2013
 
Did you make a typo saying that SF is similar to NO... More
Answered By: A Hunch - 2/16/2013
 
Do you really want an objective view? If so..it may not be the answer you were hoping for... More
Answered By: OC1999 - 2/16/2013
 
Best advice I can give you is this: Follow your heart. Do what will make you happy. Don't let anyone else make up your mind for you. You have an intellect for that purpose.
Answered By: Dresden Rose - 2/16/2013
 
The two most important things to consider here...The cost of living (one of the highest tax rates in the nation) and the state of the California economy (colleges are extremely underfunded and very tough to get classes for if you are a college student... More
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Answered By: Sean M - 2/16/2013
 
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