I can speak only for school systems

As a school psychologist, I would be paid more in California than I am here in Maryland. I’d be paid much less than this in Arizona and Utah (two areas where I previously worked). In fact, most school districts in California paid school psychologists two to three times what they were paying in Arizona. It has been many years since I lived in Arizona, but rent was much cheaper back then as well.

Plus, there are areas of California that are less expensive. I have 6 siblings and they all live in various parts of California. My sister and her husband bought a house in an area where it is much cheaper to live. Some of my siblings live with my parents. It’s a wide variety.