|Population:||39,250,017 (July 2016)|
|Area/Size:||155,779 square miles|
|State Nickname(s):||The Golden State, El Dorado State|
|State Flower:||California Poppy|
|State Bird:||California Valley Quail|
If you are reading this, you are most likely thinking about researching auto transport companies in order to ship a vehicle from Florida to California. There are a myriad of reasons an individual wants to ship a vehicle. You may be just sending a vehicle to your college student, you may have just bought your dream car from a dealer or individual. Or you may have been transferred, accepted a job or moving to be near your grandchildren. The possibilities are endless. Whatever your need, the trip from Tallahassee, Florida to Los Angeles, California is around 2,254 miles (about 34 hours driving straight through). If you plan to drive, plan on approximately four days to reach your destination. If you don’t have that kind of time, or you have more than one vehicle to move, you will need help. That’s where SMB Auto Transport comes in! Just fill out the online form for a FREE estimate and up to ten FREE quotes!
The first question that comes to my mind is, what are the differences between Florida and California, other than the sun rising over the ocean instead of setting over the ocean?
Top four reasons to move from the Sunshine State of Florida to the Golden State of California:
Other than the obvious, near your job or to be near family and/or friends, California is home to approximately 38.04 million people, making it the most populous state in the United States. And with good reason. California has some of the best scenic landscapes, offering just about something for everyone. Within a day’s drive, you can explore snowy mountains in Sierra Nevada, play on the beaches of Malibu or drive the famous California coastline on Pacific Coast Highway 1. Californians have their own language in each demographic as well. There are basically four regions: Northern Californian, San Francisco Bay Speak, Central Californian and Southern Californian. Although the slang can cross over each region, you can usually tell where a person is from just by listening to the terms they use. For example, in Orange County, when you ask a person where they are going, they will literally give you street directions instead of just telling you where they are going (look up the SNL skit “The Californians” – so funny!). California has other strong demographic influences as well, primarily from Latin American and East Asia. California is truly a melting pot for diverse influences. This mix of cultural diversity makes for excellent contributions to the food and restaurant industries, raising the cuisine standard and setting the latest trends.
Another huge culture influence is the entertainment industry. Although Hollywood is the obvious “capital” of the industry, the entertainment influence is felt throughout California. It is impacted by tourists, onsite filming and the fact that most entertainers in the field live, work and play in California. I’m still hoping to run into Jennifer Aniston in the produce section of the local Whole Foods Market in West Hollywood.
The climate in California is as diverse as its people. Road conditions and terrain can make auto transport challenging, but relax! We work with the most reliable experts in the industry. California’s weather is sectioned into regions: Northern California, Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, Southern California, and the Desert region.
The regions of northern California are influenced by the Pacific Ocean. When the air travels over the coastal mountains, it brings moisture. Therefore, the Northern California region (San Francisco, Sacramento, Redding, Napa Valley areas) experiences damp, foggy and cloudy conditions more often than southern regions. The rains help forests abound and green plants thrive. The Central Valleys of California lay between the coastal mountains and the Sierra Nevada. They are fertile and receive rains from the Pacific, but are far enough south to miss frosts and freezing conditions that are more common in the north. The Sierra Nevada’s run along the east border of California, part of Yosemite National Park. The elevation of the Sierra Nevada’s are approximately 11,000 feet (Mount Whitney is 14,494 feet). Therefore, it snows during the winter months and the summers are mild. Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego area) is influenced by the cool breezes of the Pacific Ocean. The winter months receives rain when the jet stream brings in warm, humid air and the spring and fall months receive the Santa Ana winds blowing from the Sierra Nevada’s to the west coast. And of course, the Desert region is well, hot and dry.
When it comes to auto transport, California is one of the top destinations to transport a vehicle. There is no down time for car shipping, regardless of the California economy. It is encouraging to see California’s unemployment rate steadily dropping to a current rate of 8.5 percent (US Department of Labor for December 2013). In addition, California’s minimum wage is currently at $8.00 per hour, but it cited to be raised to $9.00 per hour on July 1, 2014 and raised again to $10.00 per hour as of January 1, 2016 in order to assist general labor type workers to keep up with the cost of living.
California’s projected job growth is expected to add 6.3 million new (10 percent overall growth) for the next six years. Economists are optimistic that with new jobs being created, the economic recovery for California will continue to trend upward. It will be slow and steady through the remainder of 2014, but should grow quickly going in to 2015. Southern California alone estimates it added 106,000 new jobs and will add another 142,000 in 2014.
The median household income for California in 2012 is $61,632 (U.S median income is $51,371 for same time period). The median price in California for an existing, single-family detached home is $428,540 as of June 2013. California’s state and local taxes are at 11.2% of per capita income, compared to the national average of 9.9%.
California has some of the top “Family Friendly” cities in the U.S. Family friendly criteria factors in good school districts, low crime, affordable housing and reasonable commuting time. For the auto transport industry and the real estate industry, most families move in the summer months to ensure their families are settled before a new school year begins.
According to Forbes Magazine, in terms of affordability, San Jose, CA was voted as the most “family friendly” city in the U.S. with the median annual family income of $100,027. According to Parents Magazine, San Francisco rates number 15 for overall best cities.
California has one of the lowest teacher-to-pupil ratios, ranking 49th of 51 states, with 21 students to every teacher. California has a large choice of public colleges and universities. The University of California system accepts students from the top 12.5% of college-bound students and provides most of the graduate studies and research.
Regardless if you plan to move to California by way of Florida or just want to ship your vehicle , we can help! At SMB Auto Transport, we pride ourselves on providing you up to ten FREE quotes (there’s my favorite 4-letter word again…FREE!) to assist you. We make the process easy for you! Just complete the online form to the left of the page and you will receive an immediate estimate, as well as up to ten hassle-free, no obligation quotes from car shipping brokers. Try us out! We won’t be satisfied until you are!