From California to South Carolina
California has a well-developed infrastructure, education and entertainment industry. The west world is well presented and established in this popular state, yet many people are leaving it. And many choose Kansas for their new home.
California has the Golden Gate Bridge, the Arroyo Seco Parkway, and The Four Level Interchange as some of the engineering masterpieces aimed towards reliving California of its heavy traffic.
Los Angeles is heaven when it comes to spending quality free time. All parks, sports teams, and entertainment venues provide unique opportunities to both locals and tourists. The city also takes pride in a fine plethora of parks, enhanced by their view towards the Pacific Ocean.
Taking into account the fine weather, the great outdoor spaces, and the close proximity of a beach and an ocean, then one might understand why the people of L.A. love to spend time outside.
Los Angeles has a serious theatrical presence that can rival that on Broadway. Famous venues around town include Pantages Theater Hollywood, Royce Hall, and Dolby Theatre that host Broadway top-grossers and world-famous plays.
And with all this being said, we will have to accept that California has its faults, not that is not just the San Andreas Fault System.
Faults of the system in California
Like every huge city, Los Angeles has many shortcomings. Traffic and parking issues are common, but other issues are more specific.
Frequent earthquakes is one we all know of and have heard about for certainty. However, that is not all. The crime rate is also high, and has been rising since 2020 even more. The neighborhoods of Los Angeles are spread far away. Housing is expensive, food is expensive, and to list all, we have to just say that everything is more expensive in California.
The labor market is bloated, and people may often show attitudes due to fierce competition. The overall attitude and vibe in California often deviates from some common norms, to put it that way.
South Carolina hello!
Calm, not very populous, and sunny, South Carolina is located in the coastal southeastern region of the United States and has it all, alligators included! It has a population of just over 5 million. The state’s capital – Columbia, and the largest city – Charleston, are similar in stature, with a population of just over 130.000 and 150.000 respectively.
South Carolina symbolizes the South – beautiful, warm, both nature and people. The cities are beautiful and historic, and it has Myrtle Beach.
This famous resort town attracts people from around the world because it offers a truly friendly vibe. It is a place where you can have a peaceful vacation and some party on the beach as well. The summer months are more crowded and hence more fun, which keeps the energy high.
South Carolina’s Economy
South Carolina has a large GDP, valued at about $249.9 billion, with some very well-developed textile goods, chemical products, paper products, machinery, automobiles, automotive products, and tourism. Michelin is by far the largest employer in the state with over 100.000 employees. Other large employers include Schaeffler Group, Cryovac, and Sonoco.
The housing market offers variety and stability. Housing is affordable and taxes a some of the lowest in the country.
Education is good
South Carolina has several high-profile universities with a very, very long history. The oldest one, the College of Charleston, was established all the way back in 1770. It currently has an enrollment of about 10.000 students. The largest one – University of South Carolina, has an enrollment of nearly 35.000, and the second-largest, Clemson University – about 25.000
Infrastructure is good
The state has the fourth largest state-maintained system in the country, consisting of 11 Interstates, numbered highways, state highways, and secondary roads, totaling approximately 41,500 miles.Maintenance and construction of new roads is continues.
Healthcare is good
Medical University Hospital in Charleston was again named the best hospital in South Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report. Roper Hospital on Calhoun Street, named No. 6, and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley, which tied for No. 7 with an Upstate hospital, were the only other Charleston-area hospitals to make the annual list.
South Carolina has both a rich history and beautiful nature, and it attracts a lot of tourists all year round, especially in the summer. Be sure to check Charleston’s harbor, Greenville, Middleton Place, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle beach, and any beach in general. They lack Florida’s crowds but are nonetheless fun and beautiful.
Disadvantages do exist
Sounds too good to be true? South Carolina has some disadvantages. First, some say there is too much construction on the roads and it cities, but that is a good thing in general. Hurricanes and floods could be a problem, and yes they are real, but not as frequent. Bugs and alligators surround you, unfortunately, but in most cases it all marked and secured, when it comes to alligators.
Los Angeles vs. Charleston
Apparently, we cannot compare these two in matters of population. However, David (aka Charleston) has numerous advantages over Goliath. Cheaper housing, an unemployment rate nearly twice as low, and higher-income are just a part of why many people move from California to South Carolina.