Originally Posted by Reds4Life
Property taxes are also pretty high in many parts of FL, but I assume they are probably worse in California.
Yeah, I can't speak for CA taxes compared to FL. My experience with living in Ohio is that people complain about having state and local income taxes and "high" property taxes, but when you factor in things like the relative affordability of real estate here, middle of the pack sales tax, utility rates, ample access to fresh water (thank you, snow), and lower general cost of living, it's really quite affordable to live here and the taxes aren't necessarily overly burdensome. I can't see why anyone would want to move to CA unless the job paid at least double what one would be making here. If it were a job you could do here, where $145,000 a nice 4 br/2 bath house in a decent neighborhood, as opposed to SoCal, where you may find yourself paying $600,000 for a 2 br townhouse, why deal with SoCal, especially if you don't have any family or friends there?