If you want the weather of Los Angeles but with a small town feel, you’ll be right at home in San Diego. And with great schools, it's a great place to raise kids.
There is no question that San Diego has some of the best beaches in the state, and the sun shines pretty much year round with almost no pesky rainy days. The rent is cheaper than LA, and if you’re an outdoor lover there are oodles of nearby hiking trails, national parks and hot springs.
The downtown area is clean and safe – even at two in the morning – and if you need to spend the weekend in LA, a hours on Amtrak will take you on one of the most scenic train rides in the world.