9) Chicago, Illinois
The large metro of Chicago attracts Californians who want to live in a big city without the expense. In 2017, 2.9 percent of Californians moved to Chicago for a big-city lifestyle with a much more affordable price tag. The average median home price is one of the biggest appealing factors of this mid-west city. At $259,800, it’s a smidge above the national average and nearly 3 times less than California. Chicago is also attractive because it’s a high-class city with an excellent reputation when it comes to educational institutions, entertainment, restaurants, and nightlife. Catch a show at one of the more than 200 theaters, dine at Michelin-star restaurants, try the world-famous Chicago deep dish pizza, or partake in any of the city-hosted monthly events. Chicago is hip, fun, and we’re willing to bet Californians aren’t homesick for too long.
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