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10 Reasons People are Still Moving to California

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When you hear the word tech, Silicon Valley almost immediately comes to mind. Home to Apple, Google, Facebook and hundreds more companies, the region is a dominant force for attracting tech talent. So, it should come as no surprise that the state of California led the way in multiple facets of our annual Cyberstates report.But it may come as a surprise, California’s tech industry – which directly contributes $481.7 billion or 18.9 percent to the state’s annual GDP – is about much more than Silicon Valley.Los Angeles’s tech presence has grown substantially over the past few years, making it a hotbed for tech talent. LA isn’t just the entertainment capital of the world. With more than 503,000 tech jobs, Los Angeles had the second highest net tech employment of any city in the country.Global companies including Northrop Grumman, Deloitte, Raytheon and The Boeing Company are looking for tech talent in Los Angeles. 
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California is a majority-minority state, with more people of color (67.2%) than white people (36.8%). California also has a larger population of immigrants than any other state. Los Angeles County alone is home to more than 11% of all immigrants living in the US, according to Migration Policy Institute data.California embraces this diversity. The state government fought for the right to declare the whole state a sanctuary state for immigrants. Studies have shown that diversity leads to better decision-making and more useful scientific research. Many say that California has become culturally rich and financially prosperous because of its diversity.
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Whether you are a sun worshipper, an outdoor enthusiast, into exhilarating sports, a foodie, or just love road tripping to see quirky attractions, California has it all.From towering mountains to idyllic palm-treed beaches and deserts that are perfect for finding solitude, there is something here for everyone!
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Beyond skateboards, Silicon Valley and hippies, California has a trendsetting streak of a different kind.The state has been first to pass major public health initiatives that have spread throughout the country. California was first to require smog checks for clean air, pass anti-tobacco initiatives and bike helmets laws.While these laws were met with skepticism and ridicule, they’ve often become standard practice in other states. The Golden State was first to ban smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants in 1998. Now similar rules exist throughout the country.
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Known as “the golden state”, California has attracted people from across the globe with its promise of freedom and riches ever since the gold rush in the mid-1800s. The state’s relaxed, welcoming reputation and powerhouse tech sector make it a prime destination for foreign students.The internet, the personal computer and the film industry all have roots in California and the state has a reputation as a liberal, inventive place that welcomes new people and new ideas.The California state university system is the largest in the country, with about 430,000 students. The state has numerous world-class public and private universities including Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Berkeley.
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California has a unique rugged and irregular coastline that hides coves and even long stretches of sand from passers-by. These are the hidden beaches of California. We have traveled up and down this coast looking for nooks and crannies where visitors can lose themselves at the water’s edge. Places where it’s possible to forget about the rat race and chaos of today’s society. Secluded spots where you can only hear the ocean and birds and the occasional breeze.
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The economy of the State of California is the largest in the United States, boasting a $3.2 trillion gross state product (GSP) as of 2019. If California were a sovereign nation (2019), it would rank as the world's fifth largest economy, ahead of India and behind Germany. Additionally, California's Silicon Valley is home to some of the world's most valuable technology companies, including Apple, Alphabet Inc., and Facebook. In total, over 10% of Fortune 1000 companies were based in California in 2018, the most of any state.
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California has a diverse climate ranging from a wet temperate rainforest in the north, hot, arid desert in the interior, snowy alpine in the mountains, and the warm Mediterranean in the rest of the state. The Pacific Ocean borders the western part of the state, Oregon the north, Arizona and Nevada the east, and Mexico the south. The state's varied topography covers the Pacific Ocean on the west coast to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, and redwood forests in the north to the Mojave Desert in the south.
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As a state, California really does have a little bit of everything. From the scenic coastal drives and the arid deserts to towering Eastern Sierras and the large metropolitan cities, you could spend your whole life exploring this state and still not see all that it has to offer.
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Much of California has a Mediterranean-like climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. On the coast, the average daily high temperature hovers around 70°F and up, but can occasionally spike to 80°F or more on hottest summer days; freezing temperatures are rare, even in winter. The state’s legendary fog often hugs the coast from roughly Monterey north, usually during summer months; it often burns off by midday before rolling in again at dusk. Farther inland, summers are hot and dry, winters cool and wet, with occasional brilliant blue days and temperatures cold enough to freeze puddles on the ground, but not much more than that. At higher altitudes, the weather reflects more of a four-season cycle, with beautiful summers, striking fall color, and cold, snowy winters followed by snowmelt springs (waterfall season!). 
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