From fl to sac – sacramento – california (ca) – city-data forum gas prices going up in michigan

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We lived in Camarillo in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Yes, I understand that things change with time. The reason we both like CA is the weather and the fantastic amount of things to do all over the state. I could never go back to Camarillo today. Not with average home prices topping $600K there. However, I’ve been doing a bit of rudimentary research about the Sacramento area. Home price-wise, it seems much less expensive than Southern CA or even the Bay area. It looks like a decent home can be had in the surrounding areas for $400K or less. I’m sure that will change in short order. I’ve lived in my home in FL for over 30 years and it’s paid off so I do have a bit of change to spend on housing. This may all be just a pipe dream. But, I’m just doing my due diligence and at least looking into SAC. I was hoping to find someone who lived in FL and moved out to the Sacramento area of CA to see if they liked the weather, people, etc. East and west are very different in a lot of ways. Not everyone adapts well.

Where in Ventura county were you? Sacramento in the current day will be a lot different to Ventura county "many years ago" – CA has changed dramatically (everything is way more crowded and way more expensive). I lived in Thousand Oaks in the 1990s. I have not lived in FL though so cannot give you much insight there – obviously we have a much drier climate and the summers are very hot and very dry here. Winters are cool and at times wet – not below freezing very often but can feel cold with a stiff north wind. Sacramento is in the valley – very flat – and it’s 1.5 hours up into the mountains which offer amazing recreation, and 2 hours to SF/the coast on a good day which also offers great recreation and big city activities. Depending on what you like to do Sacramento can offer plenty on its own.

I still find it hilarious people describe the winters as cool and wet. I know it’s all relative but still. Winters here for me are mild, mostly dry and mostly sunny. There are few places in the US with better winters. I can think of 10 maybe. Outside of Florida, Hawaii, SoCal, Arizona, Gulf Coast/Texas I cant think of anywhere with better winters.

I grew up in the Northeast. Lived in Tampa FL many years ago. I’ve lived in Sacramento 2 years now. Honestly, I love California way more than FL. FL weather is too humid and extreme for me and the pace of life in FL is similar to the Northeast (busy, uptight, etc). I like Sacramento because it’s a humble city that still has alot of stuff going for it and has a pretty laid-back and relaxed vibe. Winters are mild and rainy without the crazy thunderstorms. Usually just plain cool rain. Summers are hot, dry, and sunny.

1. Summer rain is as rare as snow. Therefore, if it’s 100 degrees, it stays 100 degrees until the sun sets. No hope of rain cooling you off, as it does on the Gulf coast. Most days, there is not even a cloud in the sky, which means unlike the Gulf Coast, where a "sunny" day is really partly cloudy with decent cloud cover, the sun just beats down on you. Although, within town, Sacramento does have plenty of trees to provide shade. Go out into the open country, though, and everything’s brown, dry, and barren; no shade, just brutal sun.

5. Winter is decent. But then again, Florida winters aren’t bad either. Winters can either be fairly dry (during drought years, which we’re getting more and more often) or incredibly rainy (during El Nino years). And yes, during El Nino years, the amount and intensity of the rain can easily rival the Gulf Coast during the summer–except all the rain is cold here, so you’ll want to get rainboots. No more sloshing around in warm puddles in flip-flops like you do in Florida.

People always say how close Sacramento is to Lake Tahoe ski resorts. Well, it’s actually 2 hours without traffic. Going to San Francisco? 90 minutes without traffic (and there’s always traffic in San Francisco, not to mention parking is incredibly scarce, expensive, and a waste of time in SF). 2 hours is not close enough for me to convince me to go somewhere more than once a year.

1. Summer rain is as rare as snow. Therefore, if it’s 100 degrees, it stays 100 degrees until the sun sets. No hope of rain cooling you off, as it does on the Gulf coast. Most days, there is not even a cloud in the sky, which means unlike the Gulf Coast, where a "sunny" day is really partly cloudy with decent cloud cover, the sun just beats down on you. Although, within town, Sacramento does have plenty of trees to provide shade. Go out into the open country, though, and everything’s brown, dry, and barren; no shade, just brutal sun.

5. Winter is decent. But then again, Florida winters aren’t bad either. Winters can either be fairly dry (during drought years, which we’re getting more and more often) or incredibly rainy (during El Nino years). And yes, during El Nino years, the amount and intensity of the rain can easily rival the Gulf Coast during the summer–except all the rain is cold here, so you’ll want to get rainboots. No more sloshing around in warm puddles in flip-flops like you do in Florida.

Good points. It can feel very dry in California especially away from the coastal influence. If you are used to the more tropical climates your skin will take time to adjust – but it should adjust to the climate eventually. You don’t need a jacket every night in the summer it’s often plenty warm enough out to still be swimming and hanging out in shorts until quite late. But yeah it does cool off dramatically some evenings.