News & World Report has named California
the worst state for “quality of life,” largely due to the high cost
News ranks the 50 U.S. states each year on
eight major social and economic categories to determine an overall
competitive ranking. California received an overall score of 32 in 2018,
based on sub-category rankings for a Health Care (11); Education (26);
Economy (4); Opportunity (46); Infrastructure (38); Crime and
Corrections (28); Fiscal Stability (43); and Quality of Life (50).
News found California’s high cost of living to
be its biggest detriment, despite its having the largest economy in the
nation. San Jose and San Francisco both ranked in the 20 top places to
live in U.S., but two communities were also in the most expensive for
household income of $67,739 was ranked
ninth nationally. The 18 percent higher income average compared to
the national average of $57,617 might seem attractive, but California
also had four of North America’s top
10 high cost of living cities..
income reporting is being pushed up by the state’s large concentrations
of Hollywood media celebrities, Silicon Valley technologists, and Orange
County real estate developers, whoconsistently make huge amounts of
the state’s largest industries are more middle-clas,s including
professional and business services; educational and health services;
financial activities; leisure and hospitality; retail trade;
manufacturing; construction; information processing; and farming.
News found that California’s infrastructure and
housing availability have not kept up with an immigrant population surge
over the last two decades. Three
in 10 Californians were born outside the U.S. — the highest
in the nation — with about half of the immigrants moving up from Latin
America and about 39 percent coming from Asia.
News reported in
December that Southern California’s resident population experienced a
“net domestic outmigration” of 64,953 for the last 12-month period.
About 85 percent of California’s outmigration was
concentrated in the middle 20 percent income bracket and the next lower
News found, on the plus side, that California
continues to have many of the nation’s top universities, including
Stanford; California Institute of Technology; University of California
campuses at Berkeley and Los Angeles; and the University of Southern
state also has unmatched natural beauty, including 840 miles of
coastline, and scenic wonders such Yosemite
National Park, Lake Tahoe, and the Wine Country.
News highlighted that although California politically leans Democrat,
and Latinos as the largest number of newly registered voters, religion
is important to Californians, with about a third
of adult residents attending weekly services.
News found that California business leaders are subject to very high
costs to comply with a “capricious” state and local government
regulatory system. The financial burden is seen as an increasing job
killer for “smaller firms that are the least able to bear the costs.”