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Located on the West Coast of the United States
Has a Disney theme park
Has hosted the Olympic Games
Its capital city is also its largest city
Is the birth place of at least one U.S. President
Richard Nixon was born in California
Known as "The Golden State"
Was, at one time, part of the Spanish Empire
Is generally considered a "swing state" in President elections
Has more people moving out than moving in
Achieved statehood first
Has a larger land area
Has a longer coastline
Has a larger population
Has an older median age
Is struck by more hurricanes
Experiences more frequent severe earthquakes
Is geographically closer to Texas
I used to live near San Francisco. Never saw a single person poop in the street. Traffic around Los Angeles is horrible but it's not like there isn't plenty of space in the rest of the state to move if you don't like traffic. San Francisco meanwhile has pretty great public transportation. Never once saw anyone get mugged. The smog situation has improved enormously since the 80s, thanks in large part to the state's environmental policies. Some cities do have large homeless populations - because the state is very friendly to the homeless. Is that a bad thing? They used to come in and shop at the mall I worked at in Sacramento.
Some of the reasons why we left: high cost of living, high income tax rates, far from family, neighborhood always changing (people from out-of-state constantly moving in and out), we didn't take advantage of the nature enough for the pros to be worth the cons
The amount of people moving does not have to be the same
Not even american.
You want swing states? Take Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin, all with less than 1% difference between the two candidates, or North Carolina and Pennsylvania, in the 1-2% range, or Michigan and Nevada, in the 2-3% range. Florida's a swing state by comparison with California, but not in absolute terms.