26% of Californians are seriously considering leaving the state (see link to Jonathan Lansner's excellent recent article in the OC Register). In the past 5 years, more than 50% of my home seller clients have at least left the county, and the bulk of them moved further afield and left the state. When I speak to neighbors and prospective sellers, I snese that many are unprepared for the move as they aren't considering all factors such as state tax, cost of living, weather patterns, and even local politics. You may be considering leaving California for any of these reasons, but I urge you to do your research on your destination. If you're retiring out of state, your deciding factors may differ from to those still working, for instance.
This interactive map is an excellent way to hover over our great country and see state by state comparisons of income, state taxes, politics, etc. OK, the weather patterns aren't included, but that's another map I'm sure I can find for you!
Call or email me anytime if you're considering leaving the state. I've got some tips to share from my clients who have left (and from some who came back!).