Moving to California

The Golden State is known for a wide variety of things – Hollywood, Los Angeles, Disneyland, beaches, the Bay Area, the list goes on and on.

For many, California is a land of opportunity. According to United Van Lines’ Annual Movers Study in 2020, California was the 5th most popular state people moved to for a new job.  

California truly has something for everybody. Planning to move to a California city soon? No matter the reason for your move, United Van Lines can help.

Why Are People Moving to the Golden State?

United Van Lines conducts an Annual Movers Study, gathering data on household moves of states with 250 moves or more.  In 2020, California experienced inbound traffic of 41.3%, consistent with the past few years. 

The number one reason people moved to California was for a job (59.4%).  Other reasons include family (19.5%), lifestyle (9.2%), retirement (8.0%), and health (3.9%). 

The most popular age ranges were <18-34 (23.1%) and 35-44 (22.6%).

The Job Market in California

The tech industry and jobs in Silicon Valley bring many people to California each year. The region is home to over 2,000 tech companies and Silicon Valley is a three trillion-dollar neighborhood.  

There are plenty of tech jobs in cities outside of Silicon Valley as well. In San Francisco, software engineering is in top demand. The Greater Sacramento Region has over 100 biotech and medical device companies. San Diego’s IT sector has seen a 188% percent increase in revenue over three years. 

California is also booming in other industries.  Agriculture employs over 400,000 people and the Central Valley yields more crops and farm-based goods than other states in the country.  

Many people also move to California to chase career dreams in film and television production or in higher education. Some of the top employers in the state include Disneyland, Yosemite, Wells Fargo, and the University of California.

California Dreaming

California is for dreamers. The cost of living in California* is one of the highest in the country, with an overall score of 146.9 on a national index of 100 in September 2021. 

Despite its costs, the California lifestyle still appeals to many people for a variety of reasons. There is no shortage of things to do and explore in the state.  

Disneyland is in Anaheim, California appealing to not just kids, but adults alike.  

California is home to 28 national parks and landmarks including Death Valley, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, Lassen Volcanic, and the Redwoods.  

In San Francisco, you can bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, catch a Warriors basketball game, and tour Alcatraz Island. 

To the west of Sacramento, you can wine and dine your way through Napa Valley, with over 400 wineries and 150 restaurants or Sonoma Wine Country with over 500 wineries.

Public Transportation in California

California has some of the best public transportation in the country, particularly in the Bay Area. 

San Francisco ranks second in AllTransit’s annual rankings, with a score of 9.6 out of 10. 

The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) System makes it easy for commuters to move around and between San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and East Bay. 

Weathering the Move to California

California is a big state, which means that the weather varies greatly depending on your location.

The state is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Redwood Forests, and the Mojave Desert – all contributing to a variety of climates. Along the coast, weather can stay cooler all year round, particularly in San Francisco, with a cool breeze coming off the water. Fog is frequent here as well.  

Spring and fall tend to be the most comfortable times of the year, with cooler temperatures, low humidity, and lots of sunshine. 

Winters don’t get extremely brutal, but the northern region of the state is prone to snowfall and colder temperatures.  

Summers can be dry and can bring devastating wildfires, with lingering smoke. 

When thinking about your moving date, keep the weather in mind so your items stay secure and you and your moving team are also safe, and comfortable.

Where Are You Moving From?

No matter where you currently live, United Van Lines is here to help you move. If you’re moving across the country or from a nearby state, long-distance movers can help with packing, storage, and the moving day itself.  For local moves within California, United’s local agents can help with those shorter moves independently under their own businesses and brands.

Ready to Move to the Golden State? Get a Quote Today!

If you’re ready to start planning your move and are considering using a professional moving company, United Van Lines has a variety of services and different moving plans that work best for you.  View our moving services and complete an online quote to get started.

MyUnited Move Portal

United Van Lines makes it easy to coordinate your move to California and stay organized along the way. The MyUnited Move Portal personalizes and streamlines your moving experience. Use customized tools to keep track of all major moving milestones, organize contacts, and book your move online.

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