Moving from Chicago to California
Relocating from Chicago to California for good? Or at least for a good amount of time? We are sure you have a valid reason for living a true mecca of architecture, world-famous museums, and all things culture. We are also sure you’ll enjoy your new life in in the Golden State. Let’s go over a few facts.
Size and Population
California is the most populous and one of the largest states in the US. If you ever decided to go on a cross-California trip, it would take you approximately 15 hours to drive from its southern most tip, north of the Mexican border, all the way to Oregon; which is roughly 800 miles of road that takes you through deserts, flat lands, mountains, and forests.
California’s six largest metropolitan areas by population are:
Los Angeles – Long Beach – Santa Ana with approximately 12.8 million inhabitants;
San Francisco – Oakland – Freemont: 4.3 million of inhabitants;
Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario: 4.2 million people;
San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos: 3 million people;
Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville: approximately 2.1 million inhabitants;
San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara: about 1.8 million people.
Income and Employment
Official statistics show that the median household income in California is $75,235 versus the national average of $68,703; which means that for the same amount of work in California you get paid more than in the rest of the country.
The State of California Employment Development Department is the main source for finding jobs in California private or public sector as well as locating job fairs and training events to visit. California is home to Silicon Valley, an epicenter of information and technology, a dream workplace for every IT professional. The Golden State also presents you with a wide array of employment opportunities in other lucrative industries like aerospace, agriculture, international trade, wine production, oil, renewable energy.
Things to do
California offers you a myriad of exciting opportunities when it gets to art and culture of Hispanic and Western American influence. The state boasts its diverse music scene, being the birthplace of surf rock, funk rock, and a number of experimental musical styles. Jack London, Robert Frost, John Muir – some of the most influential literary authors, also come from California.
And you can not disregard the Golden States’s food and beverage scene. You’ll get to savor the fusion dishes of Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian, and Indian cuisines which Californians claim to be the most delectable in the world. And of course, Napa valley is home to some of the best tasting wines that don’t fail to impress the pickiest connoisseurs.
Moving to California with a car
Since you are moving to California with your vehicle, you will have to comply with the State regulations on vehicle registration and driver’s licensing. Visit California Department of Motor Vehicles for detailed information. For voter’s registration go to California Secretary of State. One stop tax help place for those who are new to California is California Tax Service Center whose goal is to provide you with useful taxpayer resources and educational programs.
To speak with our logistics experts about shipping your car from Chicago to California, please, call us at (818) 850-5258. To make a booking online, request a quote and we will get back to you with the cost and more information on how to reserve a spot on a truck. Happy car shipping!