People who live there may be in denial, but the cost of living in California is significantly higher than elsewhere. When you go to a grocery store or a mall in CA everything is a few dollars more than it is just 1 state away here in Vegas. The gas is also MUCH more expensive...huge increase there. California gas is regularly 25-50 cents per gallon more expensive than Vegas gas. Don't forget utilities, which are also more expensive in California. Also I have no state income tax here in NV so that's a huge expense that Californians endure (and their state government is still broke as a joke). Also the roads can be pretty bad in California. Not as bad as the East coast, but definitely not as nice as a lot of other places. The roads are small, old, shitty, and worst of all in the cities THERE IS NO PARKING. I love vacationing in California. But I wouldn't be happy living there.