Hey, you guys! Okay, here's the deal. Dear Hubs is originally from Anaheim. He's been miserable ever since he left California, and is dying to move back there. I have always "considered" it (read: entertained it in discussion but never thought we'd actually get there!) but never "CONSIDERED" it, know what I mean? We have two very short years (possibly one; depends on the financial stuff) left where we live now (pretty large Southern city) and have been seriously debating where we're going to move after that. My family mostly lives in central Florida, and it was sort of assumed (by them) that we were moving there. However, as it turns out, neither of us want to move there. At ALL. So, DH has turned on the push for moving to California (specifically San Diego area, and if not there then definitely within the southern part of the state).
Now. Forgive this southern girl for being naive and wimpy, but I am SCARED TO DEATH to move to California. I love the pictures I've seen, love what I've heard about the environment, the progressiveness of the state and the people who live there, etc. I also love the staffing protection (ie, unions, mandatory staffing laws, etc.), none of which we have here now. However, having never lived anywhere else, and despite my adventurous mentality, the thought of moving there makes my heart leap to my throat! All I've ever heard is the housing is SO high, impossible to buy a house for less than 300K, apartments are SO expensive (I've been looking online) for tiny square footage, etc. Add that to the fact that I've never been there and we're talking serious fear! But! I want to go. I really do. It's a huge leap for me, because I've always expected to live in the South in some way (LA/AL/MS/FL/GA/etc....it's all the same to me).
Okay, did I mention I'm terrified? LOL
So, I have questions. So many I don't even know where to begin. Anyone interested in helping me? Pleeeeeeeeeease? I know, I know, people post this stuff on here all the time, and I did a search but if any of you have used the search function on this site, you know it's not perfect and can be difficult to find answers. I'd be happy to conduct this via PM or email if anyone feels funny divulging in public where they live, but I'm desperate!
If you're willing (and I'm praying for you to be willing!), feel free to PM me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I guess the first things I'm wondering are how in the heck do people afford to live there???? Where I live, I make anywhere from $21-27/hr including diffs and night shift. Base pay here starts between $17-19/hr no diffs for new grads. Housing is very affordable- we pay $455 for a 750 sq.ft. apt with lots of closet space in a semi-good area. You can get a very nice new home for around $110K in a relatively safe area here. CAN YOU SEE WHY I'M NERVOUS? I looked on Realtor.com and the MOBILE HOMES in So. Cal. start in that price range!!! (Can you hear me fainting as i type this? I'm growing weak...)
:imbar :stone (That's me going into a coma...)
Help! How do unions work? How much do they cost per month (there are fees, right?)? How do you afford health insurance? How do you afford a roof over your head?
Also, Do I need a BSN to work there? Do I need a BSN to work NICU? Have any of you moved there from a different part of the US? What were your experiences? Would you have done anything differently?
And lastly, 37K for a DOWNPAYMENT on a townhome? OMG, I can't feel my toes.
Kristi, who is certifiably going mad and typing like a crack-fiend.