Listen, this is not a diss thing, it's actually more of a question or debate in some ways. But I'm wondering, why do people actually choose to live in Southern California?
There are many nice areas of Southern California, but these nice areas are too overpopulated with materialistic, snooty, stingy people, and yes, these types of people exist all across the globe, but due to the movie industry and entertainment and media industry being located within Los Angeles County, many of the people who reside in L.A. and Orange County areas tend to have this kind of attitude, revolved around materialism. I really am not fond of it.
The air pollution is the worst in the United States. You can't even SEE the air.
The traffic is the worst in the country, hands down. There is no efficient metro system and the trains only go to a very limited amount of places, and very few people actually use them. The bus system is among the most poorly organized in the country, and some people I know who resided in Los Angeles almost vomited after seeing how bad the public transportation system is in L.A.
There is no major skyline or major city feel within the city. Unlike New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and other major cities in North America, Los Angeles lacks a dense downtown. Few people actually walk around it and there's only a few tall buildings, and it's just not impressive to see in comparison to other major North American cities. The whole city is very suburban and there aren't any row houses like there are in NYC or Chicago, or SF, or any other city in North America. Toronto, now that's a city with a decent urban atmosphere!
Not many people speak English. No I mean, not many can speak English at all. Los Angeles is believed to have the highest ratio of illegal immigrants of any metropolitan area of the United States. My mother is an immigrant and came to the country the actually real difficult way.
Lack of middle class. While a problem in many major cities all around the world, Los Angeles lacks a middle class community. Go to East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Crenshaw, Watts, Compton, and even parts of West Los Angeles, and North L.A. like Van Nuys, and you will see mostly impoverished areas that are extremely depressing. Middle class? Hardly any, and they mostly exist on the eastside of Los Angeles County, but it's an area where the smog gets trapped in and it's so disgusting! Of course, many uber rich people residing on the hillsides of SoCal, including Orange County.
The materialism. Already explained it, but you really should not fixate on just the kind of car you drive or what you wear every freakin' day! I mean, I'd love a Bentley with chrome rims as much as the next homie, but you do not NEED it. Being around the entertainment industry this really gets through your head.
It's expensive. The houses even in low income communities like Compton and Inglewood might sometimes cost $500,000, and it's not really worth it for a crappy home in a gang infested area. All the food is expensive, the gas, it's the most overpriced in the United States! EW!
Gang capital of the U.S. Need I say more? Birthplace of the Crips, Bloods, Surenos, various Mexican American street gangs, MS-13, Asian Boyz, and Polynesian street gangs. The percentage of teens that walk around with guns in what look more like middle class areas with nice palm trees... is sickening. Why would you want to shoot your best friend over him stealing your Snickers bar in the middle of January when it's 75 F outside when you could be out skateboarding or surfing at Venice Beach, while the rest of the country is freezing and shoveling snow and having to stay inside all day and waiting for it to turn springtime. Talk about being a spoiled brat much?
Segregation. It's a very segregated part of the U.S. People of their own race primarily live with each other. Rich Asians live with rich Asians, poor African Americans live with poor African Americans, rich white people live with rich white people, and of course... working class Latinos live with working class Latinos. East Los Angeles is a community encompassing 1,000,000 residents and it's 97% Latino. That's super segregation.
It's an ugly city itself, with beautiful surroundings. Many of the mountains surrounding L.A. is beautiful, but the city itself is so grey and ugly, no offense. All the houses are built in the early 20th century and remodeled explicitly but not in the good way. The beaches tend to be really polluted, but San Diego is two hours away and offers much nice scenery and beaches. I'm not going to lie, the LA area has more beautiful scenery than say, Dallas or Houston.
You want a good city on the west coast to live? SEATTLE. PORTLAND. San Francisco is a great city to visit but not a great place to live unless you are willing to pay a lot for living in a tiny area, just like in New York, and it's rated the most family unfriendly city in America. SF is a good city, but Seattle and Portland are also great alternatives.
Also, not west coast, but western USA: Denver/Boulder, Colorado. Great place to raise kids, beautiful scenery, snow, and very diverse!