After years battling the cold weather and city traffic, you’re finally ready to move to a sunnier, calmer location. California couldn’t be more different than NYC, but sometimes calling a new place home is all we need.
Although California is mostly known for its chill atmosphere and perfect surf conditions, destinations like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or San Jose can be very upbeat and filled with entertainment too.
If you’re planning to move from New York to California, you are probably aware of how different these states are. To make your transition a bit easier, FlatRate gathered the best advice and tips you will need to flawlessly move from East to West.
Cost of Living
Let’s be honest, NYC has an expensive reputation but if you’re been here long enough, you know there are ways to beat the expensive bills. Similarly, California is also often associated with million-dollar mansions and a fancy lifestyle but the cost of living doesn’t come anywhere near New York’s average prices.
A one bedroom apartment in NYC would likely run right around $3,000 per month depending on the building and location while a fairly spacious same-sized apartment in downtown San Diego could go for $1,600.
Housing is not the only area where you can save big — public transportation, groceries, clothes, utilities, and much more are all considerably cheaper in California. So, ready to start saving?
Here’s a fact: there is no other city in the United States that can compete with New York’s public transportation. Owning a car or even driving anywhere in New York is just not the usual go-to, unless you live outside of the five boroughs. So, if you grew up in the city, shifting to a lifestyle where you need a car to go places might be a bit of a shock.
Car culture is prevalent in California — you can get away with not having a car in one of the major cities but you will find that the majority of residents tend to drive. When planning your move to the West Coast, keep it in mind that if you don’t already have a car, investing in one might be an essential expense.
Also, The heaviest freeway traffic in California is between 6am and 9am and 3pm and 7pm, Monday through Friday and depending on where you are moving, you may be able to obtain a “no parking” zone to reserve a space for your moving vehicle through city offices.
California’s largest sectors are trade, financial services, education, healthy, transportation, and manufacturing. It is a good idea to get familiar with opportunities available in different cities ahead of your move date and understand what kind of employment options are best for you.
Start you research early and learn about our new home — for example, San Diego is known for being one of the country’s best cities to launch a startup business while San Francisco’s Financial District has earned its nickname as the “Wall Street of the West.”
Nice weather is definitely not hard to get used to, but before you assume that all of California is sunny and warm year-round, you should get to know your new state better.
California is a big state and weather varies significantly based on location. If you don’t already have your heart set on a specific location, you may want to use this breakdown to help you make your decision. Also, get familiar with an area or a new route before having to navigate it in the dense fog.
- Central Coast – With its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean the Central Coast sees year-round mild temperatures with occasional fog.
- Central Valley – Summers often include long heatwaves where temperatures are above 100 degrees, and winters are mild with low temperatures averaging in the 50s.
- Gold Country – Cold, wet, snowy winters and dry, hot summers are normal in Gold Country. The amount of snow depends on your altitude.
- Los Angeles – Temperatures rarely dip below 60 degrees year-round with summers in the 80s most of the time. Winter in Los Angeles is wet. If you move to the City of Angels expect 10 to 15 inches of rain during this season, so a pair of fashionable rain boots and a waterproof jacket are essential, if you plan on spending any time outside.
- San Diego – In terms of temperature it doesn’t get much more perfect than San Diego. Year-round, you will enjoy temperatures averaging 70 degrees, and there is very little rain.
- San Francisco Bay Area – Summers average 78 degrees and winters usually stay above 50 degrees, except if you are actually in the city where the position to the Bay keeps it a bit cooler. Expect very foggy conditions May through July.
- The High Sierras – Summers may be warm and dry, but it is not uncommon for this area to get enough snow in the winter to shut down the roads.
- The North Coast – If you prefer cooler temperatures, you will love that this area averages 55 degrees year-round. It also rains a lot from November to March.