There’s no doubt that California is a highly desirable place to live. Unfortunately, living in The Golden State requires a big chunk of change. According to Trulia, popular coastal California areas like San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose have become the most expensive real estate markets in the country. In 2017, the average home listing in these areas was $720,000 – almost three times the national average of $250,000. For this reason, California has seen a mass exodus of its residents who are packing up and moving to more affordable cities. So, where are they going? Trulia reports most are gravitating towards less expensive big cities, areas with more affordable housing, and places with high job growth. Here are the top 10 cities that Californians are migrating to.
1) Las Vegas, Nevada
Sin City has lots of attractive aspects for those fleeing California. First, it’s less than 5 hours from both San Diego and Los Angeles. If Californians are feeling homesick for their sandy beaches and surf culture, a trip back to the west coast is an easy drive. However, the reason Las Vegas sees the highest number of Californians moving in (8.1%) is likely due to the low price of housing. In 2017, the listing price for homes in Las Vegas was $260,000. You may be thinking that the drastic desert landscape is a far cry from the sprawling California coast, but residents find plenty of ways to spend their time in Vegas. From historic Freemont Street, to the Vegas Strip, to the quirky and cool museum to the nearby Hoover Dam – there’s no shortage of ways to spend the day.
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