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The Golden State is Bleeding

Alex Smith

Posted on June 28, 2021 01:17

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A recurring trend of people wishing to exit California and some of my insights into the issue.

Over the last few weeks I have had conversations with more and more people that wish to leave California. That did not come at a surprise to me, what was the real surprise is that they all had mostly the same reason. These people were two of my friends and two of my coworkers at my new job. Now this would not come off as much of a surprise to me, but when they all listed a similar reason, the cost of living. That was what got me to investigate this issue.

Now my friends and I are all in the 24-25 age range and we are all finding careers so that we can have a life in this state of ours. But when my coworkers, who are already decently established career-wise, have a problem with the cost of living here it must really say something. California has one of the highest costs of living in the U.S, ranking in the top 5 on most lists with Washington DC, New York City and Hawaii. Imagine being a college graduate with all the debt stacked on top of you and trying to carve out a life for yourself under those conditions. This problem becomes even more worrying when you think of the amount of people trying to get by with minimum wage jobs and that the state is still getting back on its feet in the advent of this pandemic. Before anyone brings up that all you must do is just work hard and you will make it, let me first say that while I respect your attitude, it is not always that simple. We have all seen people that work their butts off and still end up less well off.

I am lucky enough to have a job that is close to where I live, but my heart goes out to all the commuters that go all the way out to LA, to all those people that live outside of this state that do not know about LA traffic outside of movies, let me assure you, it is worse than you think. LA is the second largest U.S city with a population of 3.7 million--only dwarfed by New York City at 8.3 million. Now imagine that in addition to that population, people from all over the state are driving there to get to their job. It is easy to understand that there are people that do not want that kind of commute. Not only do the gas costs start to build up over time, but any kind of car trouble is a nightmare.

With all this in mind, its easy to see why so many people are leaving California for states like Texas. All the best to them and to those people that decide to stay in the Golden State. Even where I stand I am not sure where I will be in the next few years either, but hey maybe things will get better.

Alex Smith

Posted on June 28, 2021 01:17

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