We're moving in less than a month to Southern California, so I thought it'd be fun to do a little pro/con list. I've lived in NW Oregon my entire life, so the culture difference is probably going to take some getting used to!
Oregon: Love the rain and all the green it makes.
SoCal: Won't have to worry about things molding all the time.
Oregon: Love the seasons and the definite shift to colder weather for half the year.
SoCal: I think I can get used to flip flops and shorts year round (or at least mostly year round).
Oregon: Beautiful scenery which inspires beautiful photography.
SoCal: Ditto. I can't wait to explore all the nooks and crannies of the state with my camera.
Oregon: Cheaper places to live.
SoCal: Better salaries available.
Oregon: Nothing much to kill you in the way of bad weather or venomous creatures.
SoCal: Wildfires, earthquakes, black widow spiders...
Oregon: Fairly relaxed and laid-back.
SoCal: Crazy drivers, more crime, LOTS more people.
Oregon: Not a lot of culture outside of Portland.
SoCal: One of the main centers of culture in the Western World.
Oregon: Tend to lose my sunglasses since I only use them for a few months a year.
SoCal: My sunglasses will probably be glued to my head!