Want to see why people are fleeing CA for less expensive states — even some folks with full-time quality CA jobs? This website is a good way of comparing cities’ COL across the nation.
Below I’ve compared a tech job paying $100K in San Diego with what is needed to be better off in tech-oriented Austin, Texas — where the COL is higher than almost all of the rest of the Lone Star State.
If you can make more than $66,739 in Austin, you’ll experience a superior standard of living than if you make $100K in San Diego. Salaries in Austin are only 9.2% less than San Diego. Hence from a monetary standpoint, Texas beckons.
I might add that this comparison probably UNDERSTATES the effect of the CA state income tax — for upper middle income and the well-to-do. Conversely it probably somewhat OVERstates the CA state income tax effect for people making less than about $80K per family. That’s because such an analysis probably can’t deal with the progressive nature of state income tax rates — doubtless opting for an AVERAGE effect.
Comparison of cities of San Diego, CA and Austin, TX