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I’ve been wanting to move to SoCal for awhile and now that my job is remote I’m able to. I’m trying to decide between LA, OC, or San Diego. Which would be best for a single straight 28M. I love sports, hiking, anything outdoors, occasional bar hopping, and winter sports (not ideal in SoCal, I know). Which is best for my career and dating as well?

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LA is where I’ve lived for the last 8 years (I’m 29, so my whole 20s). The size and diversity is truly difficult to fathom until you spend a year or two exploring. I prefer LA to OC/San Diego but it really boils down to pace and preferences. LA has everything to offer but it’s easy to get stuck in your neighborhood if you live in certain areas. The city as a whole is also very polarizing. While the people replying may love it, I’ve had numerous friends move here over the years— some have loved it and made it their home, others have loathed it and left within a year. I’d recommend finding something short-term (1-3 months) before you commit to an area (even within LA), as it’s highly atomized and the wrong area could mean a terrible experience. I’m happy to discuss more if you shoot me a DM.

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I agree, but I do think getting out is tougher for some neighborhoods than others. I’ve noticed that Westsiders tend to get stuck much more easily, as do people who live in areas where parking is extremely limited (McArthur Park adjacent comes to mind). There are certain areas (Santa Monica for example) that I’ll only go if I’m ready to commit my entire day. Really the key understanding is that “as the crow flies” distances matter less in LA than they do in other cities. Sometimes what looks central is actually surprisingly prohibitive. I found Echo Park to be counterintuitively one of the most central locations I lived because of its proximity to major highways and boulevards. On the opposite side of town, my friends in Century City refuse to leave because traffic is such a constant in their neighborhood. OP, if you happen to ride a motorcycle, a lot of this becomes less relevant.

Given your age and hobbies, I'm going to say LA. Winter sports are very possible here! You're just a short drive away from Big Bear and SoCal is one of the few places on earth where you can drive one hour to the beach, or another 2 hours to the mountains and get summer and winter sports in one weekend. That said, if you don't like taxes and losing 13% of your take home pay, CA isn't the state for you. I call it the sunshine tax, but others would call it one of the perks of being the Bluest of Blue states in the country.............13% is a lot. Also if you like shooting or owning firearms in general, yeah, not the state for you.

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Same interests and just moved to LA as a single straight 28 year old girl - I’ll date the heck out of ya 😉

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Shooting her shot 🙌

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Los Angeles, hands down. You will love it out here.

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Bro. Join us. 🐻 LA is the spot. Take your pick between West Side, South Bay, Hollywood and surrounding area. You’re gonna have a good time.

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Sports- LA Hiking - SD Outdoors - SD (less people) Bar hopping occasionally-SD (otherwise LA) Winter sports - LA Career - LA except for certain industries Dating - Relationship seeking SD, quantity of people LA

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Some career options in OC (Irvine) but socially it’s on a smaller scale than LA or SD. Also OC is comfortable. Homogenous if you lump together white/Asian upper middle class

LA for sure. San Diego and OC are more "settle down with a family in your 30s" type of places

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Hermosa Beach

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San Diego for sure. Been in LA for 5 years and would love to move down. Jobs are tough to find down there though.

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You’re probably already familiar with Qualcomm. Aside from them, Sempra is worth checking out. ServiceNow has also recently set up a pretty large presence in SD.

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Find out where she lives and move close. 😂

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We’ve definitely got winter sports! Maybe not as long a season, but you’re 5 hour drive away from Mountain High, 2 hours from Big Bear, and a 1.5 hour flight to Tahoe.

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Regardless, there are many spots to choose from for winter sports!

LA is the best out of those 3 for young singles. I recommend West LA and the South Bay areas. SD and OC are much more suburban, family oriented areas, better for older people with kids

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Irvine has a ton of companies, great surrounding cities with far less traffic than LA, and is about 20 minutes from the beach. Not to mention South OC has World class surfing!

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I agree. If the city is overwhelming, Irvine is a shiny suburban enclave, maybe like north Atlanta or Silicon Valley

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Just moved here last year and no regrets, come join us. Also recommend LA - OC is pretty suburban and San Diego is a great place to retire lol

How hard was it for you all to make friends? I have a few friends out there already but a bit concerned about that aspect. I know you all have heard about the “people” of LA.

Get out there and get involved in activities. You will definitely be able to meet people if you’re even remotely sociable. The “LA people” thing is an overblown myth. Pretentious and uptight people exist everywhere, nothing unique to LA. Thousands of down to earth, every day type people live here just fine.

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Los Angeles native and as much as I would love to live there again you're paying for the name I am in north county San Diego now and it's not as weird as I like it but very cool area to live in. Dating scene is garbage though lol

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