In my last post, I shared the reasons why Patrick Hogan–President of CMB Export–decided to create a regional center in California. One of those reasons was that California is considered a “destination” and a desirable place to live within the United States. Having lived in California nearly all my life, it’s pretty clear to me why this is so.
For one, there is no such thing as an “average Californian.” California also has the largest Asian population in the United States—5 million as of July 1, 2006—just over a quarter of whom are Chinese, the state’s biggest Asian minority.
California also boasts some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UCLA and others. There’s also far more to choose from: nearly 400 colleges, the most of any state.
California includes an amazing array of climate types and geographical features. California is also one of only a small handful of places in the world that have a Mediterranean climate, similar to those countries on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
California has an enormously productive and diverse economy. Though estimates vary, California—if it were a nation of its own—would have one of the 10 largest economies in the world. Of course, it is also the home of Hollywood, the world’s epicenter of film and television. And the high tech “Silicon Valley,” located in Southern California, is the nation’s leading producer of computer hardware and software.
For all its richness, it’s no wonder that aspiring immigrants to the United States regard California as one of the most desirable places to live.