16 Reasons Not To Live In California

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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

It has been said that “as California goes, so goes the nation”.  That is why it is such a shame what is happening to that once great state.  At one time, California seemed to be the epicenter of the American Dream.  Featuring some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the entire world, the gorgeous weather and booming economy of the state inspired people from all over the world to move to the state.  But now people are moving out of the state by the millions, because life in California has literally become a nightmare for so many people.

I certainly don’t have anything against the state personally.  My brother and sister were both born there, and I spent a number of my childhood years in stunning northern California.  When I was younger I would sometimes dream of getting a place on the coast eventually, but for reasons I will discuss below I no longer think that would be advisable.

In fact, if I was living in California today I would be immediately looking for a way to move out of the state unless I specifically felt called to stay.  The following are 16 reasons why you shouldn’t live in California…

#1 The entire California coastline is part of the “Ring of Fire” seismic zone that roughly encircles the Pacific Ocean.  The San Andreas Fault has been described as a “time bomb“, and at some point there will be a catastrophic earthquake that absolutely devastates the entire region.  In fact, a study that was just released says that a “major earthquake” on the San Andreas Fault “is way overdue”

A recently published study reveals new evidence that a major earthquake is way overdue on a 100 mile stretch of the San Andreas Fault from the Antelope Valley to the Tejon Pass and beyond.


Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey released the results of the years-long study warning a major earthquake could strike soon.

#2 Out of all 50 states, the state of California has been ranked as the worst state for business for 12 years in a row

In what is sounding like a broken record, California once again ranked dead last in Chief Executive magazine’s annual Best and Worst States for Business survey of CEOs – as it has all 12 years the survey has been conducted. Texas, meanwhile, earned the top spot for the 12th straight year.


Among the survey’s subcategories, the 513 CEOs from across the nation ranked California 50th in taxation and regulation, 35th in workforce quality and 26th in living environment, which includes cost of living, the education system and state and local attitudes toward business. Notably, California placed worst among the nine states in the Western region in all three categories.

#3 California has the highest state income tax rates in the entire nation.  For many Americans, the difference between what you would have to pay if you lived in California and what you would have to pay if you lived in Texas could literally buy a car every single year.

#4 The state government in Sacramento seems to go a little bit more insane with each passing session.  This time around, they are talking about going to a single-payer healthcare system for the entire state that would cost California taxpayers 40 billion dollars a year

On Friday, State Senator Ricardo Lara introduced legislation that would transition California’s healthcare into a single-payer system. (RELATED: Read what a retired colonel said about the real purpose of Obamacare). The system would be very similar to the healthcare system currently in place in Canada and would cost California taxpayers roughly $40 billion for the first year alone. Given the poor economic climate California has already created for itself, this will no doubt be just one more burden on the people of California, and one step closer towards total bankruptcy.


Micah Weinberg, the president of the Economic Institute at the Bay Area Council, raised concerns over the financial consequences of the proposed legislation. “Where are they going to come up with the $40 billion?” he asked. He went on to suggest that adopting a state level single-payer system is “just not feasible to do as a state.”

#5 The traffic in the major cities just keeps getting worse and worse.  According to USA Today, Los Angeles now has the worst traffic in the entire world, and San Francisco is not far behind.

#6 A lot of money is being made in Silicon Valley these days (at least for now), but poverty is also exploding in the state.  In desperation, homeless people are banding together to create large tent cities all over the state, and the L.A. City Council recently asked Governor Jerry Brown “to declare homelessness a statewide emergency“.

#7 Thanks to unchecked illegal immigration, crime is on the rise in many California cities.  The drug war that has been raging for years in Mexico is increasingly spilling over the border, and many families have moved out of the state for this reason alone.

#8 California is one of the most litigious states in the entire nation.  According to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, the “lawsuit climate” in California is ranked 47th out of all 50 states.

#9 Every year wildfires and mudslides wreak havoc in the state.  Erosion is particularly bad along the coast, and I have previously written about how some portions of the California coastline are literally falling into the ocean.

#10 California has some of the most ridiculous housing prices in the entire country.  Due to a lack of affordable housing rents have soared to wild extremes in San Francisco, where one poor engineer was actually paying $1,400 a month to live in a closet.

#11 All over the state, key infrastructure is literally falling to pieces.  Governor Jerry Brown recently issued a list of key projects that needed to be done as soon as possible, and the total price tag for that list was 100 billion dollars.  Of course that list didn’t even include the Oroville Dam, and we all saw what happened there.

#12 Radiation from the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster continues to cross the ocean and wash up along the California coastline.  The impact of this crisis on the health of those living along the west coast could potentially be felt for generations.

#13 Illegal drug use in the state is on the rise again, and emergency rooms are being flooded by heroin overdose victims.

#14 On top of everything else, it is being reported that Russia is “quietly ‘seeding’ the U.S. shoreline with nuclear ‘mole’ missiles”.  The following comes from retired colonel and former Russian defense ministry spokesman Viktor Baranetz

“What are these mysterious ‘asymmetrical responses’ that our politicians and generals speak about so often? Maybe it’s a myth or a pretty turn of phrase? No! Our asymmetrical response is nuclear warheads that can modify their course and height so that no computer can calculate their trajectory. Or, for example, the Americans are deploying their tanks, airplanes and special forces battalions along the Russian border. And we are quietly ‘seeding’ the U.S. shoreline with nuclear ‘mole’ missiles (they dig themselves in and ‘sleep’ until they are given the command)[…]


“Oh, it seems I’ve said too much. I should hold my tongue.”

Hopefully what Baranetz is claiming is not accurate, because if it is even partly true the implications are absolutely staggering.

#15 North Korea is a major nuclear threat as well.  It is being reported that the North Koreans are developing an ICBM that could potentially reach the west coast of the United States…

Defense officials have warned that North Korea is on the brink of producing an ICBM that could target the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced in January during his New Year’s address that Pyongyang had “entered the final stage of preparations to test-launch” an ICBM that could reach parts of the United States.

#16 Someday a very large earthquake will produce a major tsunami on the west coast.  According to the Los Angeles Times, one study found that a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia fault could potentially produce a massive tsunami that would “wash away coastal towns”…

If a 9.0 earthquake were to strike along California’s sparsely populated North Coast, it would have a catastrophic ripple effect.


A giant tsunami created by the quake would wash away coastal towns, destroy U.S. 101 and cause $70 billion in damage over a large swath of the Pacific coast. More than 100 bridges would be lost, power lines toppled and coastal towns isolated. Residents would have as few as 15 minutes notice to flee to higher ground, and as many as 10,000 would perish.


Scientists last year published this grim scenario for a massive rupture along the Cascadia fault system, which runs 700 miles off shore from Northern California to Vancouver Island.

Over the past decade, approximately five million people have moved away from California.

After reading this article, perhaps you have a better understanding why so many people are getting out while they still can.

Once again, I don’t have anything against California or the people that live there.  It is such a beautiful place, and it once held so much promise.

Unfortunately that promise has been shattered, and there is a mass exodus out of the state as families flee the horrific nightmare that California is in the process of becoming.

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GUS100CORRINA's picture



19 Cesium-137 contamination for years to come.


boattrash's picture

Unions account for more than one item on his list...

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) boattrash Mar 12, 2017 7:17 PM

Radiation from the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster

Nope CA has far less due to the jet stream.

Spokane WA

Billings MT

trade off on being #1 radiation in USA

knukles's picture

Plus, most to folks out here along the coast are bat-shit-crazy.  Honest.

Has anybody but me noticed that CA has been since forever the hot bed of Communism in the USofA?

Ms. Erable's picture

17. The majority of Californians are brain-dead freeloaders.

CheapBastard's picture

California mulls eliminating income tax for teachers



Can life get any better for Kornifornians? Fat salaries and fatter pensions and now no income tax?!

vato poco's picture

17) Californians

have at last reluctantly come to the conclusion that the vast majority of californians - at least the ones who live within 50 miles of the coast - are simply sorry-ass lowlifes. good tans; they know wine; but....dirtbags. 

kahplunk's picture

Oh hellNo there are still plenty of good people here especially in south Orange County and northern San Diego.

AVmaster's picture

I told my wife "Palm trees and sand don't pay rent and the bills"....


We got the fuck out of there once the lease was up...

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) AVmaster Mar 12, 2017 9:48 PM

"a shame what is happening to that once great state."

It'll spread to all of America because the American CURSE is relentless.


techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) kavlar Mar 12, 2017 9:49 PM

Asia is the future.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) techies-r-us Mar 12, 2017 9:50 PM

I prefer DOWN UNDER myself.

Manthong's picture

Well, at least the immigrants will have a nice sleeping space near a whale and some cute otters in Monterey.

You know...

I have never had otter sushi or even grilled with soy sauce.

WTF is wrong with the orientals there?

Hell, if I want is badly enough I can get pinchito cat out there.

Manthong's picture

Real reason number one…

..because “moonbeam” Jerry Brown is Governor and if he had any integrity he would still be slinging the fat old hog Linda Rondstat turned out to be around.

God, I loved her crazy ass back in the day.

Manthong's picture

“there are still plenty of good people here”

No doubt… but not properly armed anymoar.

Al Armed's picture

Two Chinese sayings (particularly in the south):

A. If it moves, it's food.
B. The more painfully it dies, the better it tastes.

ceilidh_trail's picture

One personality but 38 identities. Do you ever get tired of talking to yourself?

buttmint's picture

...do the tax math alone---if one moved OUT of California to a lesser taxed state (Texas, Arizona, NM, Nevada, etc)---one easily saves enough tax dollars per year to live overseas.

Think about that one a spell......NOW is the time to buy beachfront property---in Nevada!

lovemesomeZH's picture

Florida is our new home. Water is much nicer, sand is much nicer. and NO state income tax.


swamp's picture

Plenty of good people in Monterey and Santa Clara counties

migra's picture

Yes we are. I've lived in San Diego for years but my time here is coming to a close. I'm moving to Arizona in a couple of months. The cost of living here makes it so that you have a  poor standard of living on a pretty high salary. The grocery store bag thing this year just sealed the deal for me.

toady's picture

We were just mulling over going back.... saw a few deals in San Diego that we could swing... it's just too damn hot in Phoenix! 

I'm nearly done amassing my fortune..... why not enjoy some repose in my later years.... could even afford a boat to go fishing! 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

San Diego is becoming LA south. Hope you amassed quite a fortune because it's quite expensive to live here.


toady's picture

We saw a couple nice ones on Coronado for under 2M that we could make work... but we'd only have about 8k a month the bills.... would that work, or is the electric/cable/city sewer or some other monthly bill ridiculous? 

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Do you need to buy?  I'm in North County and pay half in rent what it would cost to buy my small oceanfront condo, and I don't have to lose sleep over what happens when the inevitable next real estate crash comes.

toady's picture

I used to have a friend (my sister's friends actually) that let us stay in a three bedroom in Poway (?) just to keep the place occupied when she lived on the east coast.... maybe I should work that again,  if I can... just to take our time and make sure before we commit.

truthseeker47's picture

" or is the electric/cable/city sewer or some other monthly bill ridiculous? "

Not if you have solar elecric, like I do.  I pay zero for electricity.  The list did not include the good things about CA, one of which is lots of sunny weather and effective solar panels.

The Navigator's picture

Tax and insurance on a 2mil house will be about 2.2%, so $8k minus $3.5k, you got $4.5k/mo to live on.
Elec/cable/water/sewer/trash maybe less than $500/mo. 

If you absolutely have to move to San Diego, North County (Encinitas/Carlsbad) is good but our State gov is so far left, the Russians and Chinese are envious.

Ms No's picture

Just move out of the valley or swing a place out of the valley for Summers.  If you haul ass heading north you can go from 1600' to 7500' in two hours.  To the East you can do it in much less time.  I haven't explored all of of E/NE Arizona but it is the largest ponderosa forest in the world and they have lakes.

toady's picture

We had a place in Heber for about five years, but the wife would never go with me... (a blessing in disguise actually! )

She's the one pushing San Diego.... I wouldn't mind it though. 

Déjà view's picture

Joining 'Downwinders' (Incudes N. Az.) purchase a Geiger Counter... »Ironically wind direction always had to be away from CA./L.A. during § Atmospheric 'Testing'«


Gem County near Boise was one of the hardest hit in the nation, according to Miller’s research. During the 1950s it absorbed 35 radioactive isotopes, including iodine-131, which loses half its radioactive wallop in eight days, and long-lived strontium 90, which falls on plants and attacks human bone marrow if ingested. Other nearby counties, including Custer, Lemhi, Blaine and Valley, were also badly exposed.

Gooding County – listed in Miller’s atlas among the 20 counties in the United States most impacted by fallout. It ranks 10th for strontium 90, which takes 38 years to lose half its radioactivity. It is still present in the soil.


Instant Karma – 200,000 Downwind Deaths From Nevada Atomic Testing


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flicker life (not verified) Déjà view Mar 13, 2017 5:27 AM

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Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Can life get any better for Kornifornians? Fat salaries and fatter pensions and now no income tax?!"

You think those fat salaries and fat pensions go far with extremely fat housing prices and costs of living? Do you think teachers are overpaid?

philipat's picture

Yes, in relation to the results they achieve. In the private sector they would all have been fired but, of course, firing a teacher is about as impossible as cancelling a Government program, thanks to the Unions.

swamp's picture

Do you think teachers sholud be exempt from income tax?
And why not other groups?
Especially since teachers PULL pensions from a PIBLIC fund

SoDamnMad's picture

Winning as dumb white kids matriculating from the schools every year totally unprepared for the job market. Asian and Indian kids winning the science fair, spelling bees and going on for their degrees and doctorates at the best schools (not affected by the facists and safe spaces).

Winning Jerry.

oooBooo's picture

Taxes for government employees are largely accounting excerises anyway. Pay them more and collect the money back in taxes or pay them less and make them tax exempt. Same net result. All a bill like that is trying to do is hide another pay raise so the taxpayers think they are being paid less than they really are.


Dennisen's picture

#1...When I was in high school in Southern Cal, people were moving away in droves from the fear of the Big One sinking half of California into the Pacific.

That was 1971.

Any day now.

toady's picture

A buddy of mine lived in El Cajon and was SO sure the big one was gonna hit that he moved all the way to south Miami.... just before Andrew came onshore... I never heard from him again. 


in4mayshun's picture

Thats a trend in every state you tool.

44_shooter's picture

The majority of Californian's are neither born nor raised here - they come from your shit hole states, and have led the way in fucking up what used to be a great place to live.




Max Cynical's picture

7 out of 10 Californians have their healthcare piad for by taxpayers.

kingcobra's picture

Stupid turd Ms Erable, Californai is the fifth largest economy in the world. Maybe they dont teach you that in your red neck hiii skool.

Stuck on Zero's picture

But, but, but, we have Hollywood!

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) knukles Mar 12, 2017 7:29 PM

I try to ignore CA, it's US Senators, & it's 55 electoral votes as much as possible.

A Nanny Moose's picture

EZ fix. Support CalExit 1000%...

California attempts secession and there are two or three possibilities:

  1. Inland Rural CA seceeds from CA (supported by fedgov). War breaks between metro CA and rural CA.
  2. CA allowed to leave peaceable-like and war ensues when the free shit runs out and Commies attempt to steal across state lines.
  3. CA leaves peacefully, and Communism is demostrated as a workable form of governance, for the 1st time in history.

Either option eliminates a ton of communist votes from the Electrical Collage


The Navigator's picture

I'll support it, then leave the next day.