California Retirement Information

With a cost of living that’s more than a third higher than the national average, superhigh unemployment in many areas, and the country’s sixth-highest tax burden, the Golden State may be out of reach for many seniors.

However, they have plenty of perks for older people, including dynamic scenery, some of the world’s best golf courses and a number of cultural attractions.

California is home to five national parks: Yosemite, Redwoods, Sequoia, Lassen, and Kings Canyon as well as hundreds of state parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, and local parks. California’s coastal and mountain scenery is considered by many to be some of the finest on earth.

Living In California

California's climate varies widely, from Mediterranean to subarctic, depending on latitude, elevation, and proximity to the coast. Coastal and Southern parts of the state have a Mediterranean climate, with somewhat rainy winters and dry summers. The influence of the ocean generally moderates temperature extremes, creating warmer winters and substantially cooler summers, especially along the coastal areas.

Inland, summers are hot and dry, and at higher altitudes the weather is more typical of a four-seasons cycle with cold, snowy winters.

Tornadoes None
Thunderstorms Some
Hurricanes None
Earth quakes Expect them
Wildfires Regularly
Flooding Rare
Tidal Surges None
Mud Slides Some areas
Volcanoes None
Snow Yes, in the mountains but it makes great skiing
Freezing Rain No
Cold Winds Sometimes
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