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The Best Reasons to Live in Southern California

Updated on March 3, 2012
One of my very favorite reasons for loving Southern California - The Beaches
One of my very favorite reasons for loving Southern California - The Beaches | Source

Huntington Museum in Pasadena California

Huntington Museum in Pasadena California - Japanese Garden and Bridge
Huntington Museum in Pasadena California - Japanese Garden and Bridge | Source

Why Live in Southern California? 10 Great Reasons

Southern California is a place I know a fair amount about as I was born and raised there. Before someone might say that I am biased towards California, I have to say that I actually am not too biased and especially not compared to some. What I mean is that I have since moved away for our own reasons and have lived in several other places around the United States since that time.

I have enjoyed moving around as our jobs moved us, an enjoyed all the different places for certain reasons. I feel like I can see now, more than ever, the pluses and minuses of living in California. So here are my reasons that someone might want to live in Southern California.

1. You have the Beaches - The beaches are going to have to be at the very top of my list. I am simply in love with the ocean, and I always have been. The coastline alone makes it a wonderful place to be. Despite the expenses of California, there are still some free beaches there.

2. You have Incredible Shopping - There are amazing shopping opportunities and experiences, from South Coast Plaza Mall, to Irvine Spectrum, to the Orange County Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds and much more. Some of my favorite places to shop include the Circle in downtown Orange, or in Laguna Beach off of Pacific Coast Highway. Fashion Island in Newport Beach has been around from before I can remember, and that is always a real treat.

3. The Arts- You have many different art and history museums located in Southern California. For example, there is the Festival of the Arts that goes on annually in Laguna Beach. I have some of my best childhood memories going to the Festival of the Arts shows with my Grandmother and other family members. It was amazing and worth looking into.

There is art however, throughout Southern California if you just look for it. Also, if it is a play that you want to see, or a concert, or some other kind of production, you will be covered.

4. The Botanical Gardens and other kinds of gardens. They have gardens in California that will amaze you. They are so serene and beautiful. Huntington Botanical Gardens is amazing, for instance, a must see.

5. Educational Opportunities of all kinds. From private and public pres schools, elementary schools, high schools and colleges there is literally something for everyone at every stage of life.

6. Disneyland and many other themed parks. There are so many places to visit in Southern California like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain or Six Flags, and more. There is the California Adventure, Legoland, and Sea World, among others. Balboa Beach Fun Zone and Ferry to Balboa Island is so neat and a must see.

7. The Mountains- Growing up, I knew the direction of the beach from my house by heart, but when you look over your shoulder the other direction, you see Saddleback and other mountains. It was always amazing growing up and occasionally seeing the snow covered mountains in the distance, when the weather around you was still nice.

Going to Big Bear or Arrowhead are some great examples of neat places to go and enjoy the hills and mountains and lakes and what they offer.

8 The Weather - The weather in Southern California is maybe one of the very best things about it! Much more mild, generally speaking overall, than other parts of the country. I had no idea how spoiled I was, and what a treat it was to be able to grow roses, and citrus and avocado trees and more, so easily!

9. For the outdoor opportunities it provides and so much for nature enthusiasts. Whether you are into fishing or golfing or body surfing, etc, there is something here for you. We love to go fishing for example everywhere from Irvine Lake up in the hills to the ocean itself off of the piers and jetties, to deep sea fishing. Once we did Frisbee golf, and that was amazing fun, but whatever your sport or hobby, you are sure to find something special in Southern California.

10. Incredible Diversity - This can be a plus or minus to people, but I think it was an overall plus and grew up within it. I wouldn't change that at all. You will find many varying cultures, worldviews and religions in Southern California. When I was growing up, there was a live and let live mentality there that I hope continues for a long time.

In honesty and fairness, one must also look at the downsides of living in any certain place as well. That is something for people considering moving to such an area to seek out and research, especially if you are considering moving here long term or raising a family.

That said, I don't know of many places that have so many positive things about it, and this list is surely not exhaustive! I know that I am barely scratching the surface.

Picture from when we were at Sea World

They have great shows with dolphins so much more at Sea World.
They have great shows with dolphins so much more at Sea World. | Source


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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Living, your vacation in California sounds amazing! I think you hit some of the most beautiful spots actually. There is so much more, but those spots you mentioned are top notch, must see places in California. There is a lot of diversity. San Diego is very nice too.

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      I spent three months coaching soccer in S.Cali! It was the best summer of my life! Like you mention it has amazing diversity.

      We drove north east from SD - Vegas, through the Mojave desert, into Death Valley and up to San Fran staying in some nice places along the way. We also hit the Sequoia Forest, Yosemite National Park and on the return journey heading down the Big sur coastal road - not bad for 2 weeks travel! I can't remember the exact order but I remember how awesome it was!!

      If there's one place I would love to live it would be S.Cali, preferably San Diego! Awesome hub. Up, interesting and SHARING

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Ruby, So true! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is much appreciated. Have a wonderful day.

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      Maree Michael Martin 6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Yep, the diversity there is awesome!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Fennelseed, I am so glad you liked the information I shared about California. What is interesting, is that this list is not exhaustive, there is more there as well.

      Yes the beaches and climate might be my very top reasons, as it allows for so much enjoying of the beauty of nature found along a coastline and helps so much in gardening. I would be more than happy for you to share it with whomever you want. I really appreciate your visit and votes and comment. :) Thank you!

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      Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

      Alas, I had to vote, no as I have never been to California. But you have provided many good reason why I should visit and if this never happens then I can refer back to here to read how awesome this place is. I love your two top reasons for living in California, being the beaches and the climate. Your choice of art and gardens would be high on my list as well. Thank you for sharing this magical place and if you don't mind I will share this further with my followers. My votes to you, O&Ss.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Steph, thank you so much! I will always love California, it is a very special place to me. Very glad you stopped by and left a comment, and thanks for the vote.

      Have a great evening! :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      OK, I really love this hub and have to say, what a great idea! Southern California is a great place to visit, but living there is probably quite different. Rated up and awesome. Best, Steph

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Eddy, and thank you! Glad you added this as a bookmark to your armchair traveling slot. I need to make a bookmark folder like that!

      Take care too Eddy, so glad you stopped by. :)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub;I really enjoyed it and a vote' up up and away' plus a bookmark into my Armchair travelling slot.

      Take Care And Enjoy your weekend.