55 Reasons Why California Is The Worst State In America

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Why in the world would anyone want to live in the state of California at this point?  The entire state is rapidly becoming a bright, shining example of everything that is wrong with America.  It is so sad to watch our most populated state implode right in front of our eyes.  Like millions of Americans, I was quite enamored with the state of California when I was younger.  The warm weather, the beaches, the great natural beauty of the state and the mystique of Hollywood all really appealed to me.  At one point I even thought that I wanted to move there.  But today, hordes of Californians are racing to get out of the state because it has become a total nightmare.  It is the worst state in the country in which to do business, taxes were just raised even higher, unemployment is more than 20 percent higher than the national average and the state government is drowning in debt.  Meanwhile, poverty, gang activity and crime just seem to get worse with each passing year.  On top of everything else, the insane politicians in Sacramento just keep on passing more laws that make the problems that the state is facing even worse.  Unfortunately, what is happening in California may be a preview of what is coming to the entire nation.  The old adage, “as California goes, so goes the nation”, has been proven to be true way too many times.

In dozens of different ways, the state of California is showing the rest of us what not to do.  Will we learn from their mistakes, or will we follow them into oblivion?  Please share the list below with as many people as you can.  In addition to a large amount of new research, this list also pulled heavily from one of my previous articles and from outstanding research done by Richard Rider.  The following are 55 reasons why California is the worst state in America…

1. One survey of business executives has ranked California as the worst state in America to do business for 8 years in a row.

2. In 2011, the state of California ranked 50th out of all 50 states in new business creation.

3. According to one recent study, California is the worst-governed state in the entire country.

4. Thanks to Proposition 30, California now boasts the highest state income tax rate in the nation.

5. Even though California just raised taxes dramatically on the wealthy, state revenues are falling like a rock.  State revenue for November 2012 was 10.8 percent below projections.

6. California has the highest sales tax rate in the United States.

7. California has the 8th highest corporate income tax rate in the country.

8. California has the highest “minimum corporate tax” in the country.  Each corporation must pay at least $800 to the state even if a corporation does not make a single dollar of profit.

9. California is tied with New York for the highest gasoline tax rate in the country.

10. California is the only state in America that taxes carbon emissions.

11. The state of California issues some of the most expensive traffic tickets in the nation.  This is another form of taxation.

12. As of October, only Nevada and Rhode Island had higher unemployment rates than California.

13. The unemployment rate in California is more than 20 percent higher than the overall unemployment rate for the rest of the nation.

14. The state of California requires licenses for 177 different occupations (the most in the nation).  The national average is only 92.

15. California teachers are the highest paid in the nation, but California students rank 48th in math and 49th in reading.

16. California accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. population, but a whopping 33 percent of Americans that receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) live there.

17. Only the state of Illinois has a lower bond rating than the state of California does.

18. Including unfunded pension liabilities, the state of California has more than twice as much debt as any other state does.

19. Average pay for California state workers has risen by more than 100 percent since 2005.  That is good news for those state employees, but it is bad news for the taxpayers that have to pay their salaries.

20. More than 5,000 California state troopers made more than $100,000 last year.

21. One highway patrol officer ended up bringing home almost $484,000 in 2011.

22. One state psychiatrist in California was paid $822,000 in 2011.

23. Since 2007, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.

24. Sadly, an astounding 60 percent of all students attending California public schools now qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.

25. The American Tort Reform Association has ranked the state of California as the worst “judicial hellhole” in America.

26. Businesses all over the state of California are being absolutely suffocated to death by ridiculous regulations.

27. According to the Milken Institute, operating costs for California businesses are 23 percent higher than the national average.

28. According to CNN, the state of California had the worst “small business failure rate” in America in 2010.  It was 69 percent higher than the national average.

29. The number of people unemployed in the state of California is roughly equivalent to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

30. Residential customers in California pay about 29 percent more for electricity than the national average.

31. So many poor people and illegal aliens have taken advantage of the “free” healthcare at emergency rooms that many of them have been forced to shut down in California.  As a result, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.

32. Political correctness is totally out of control in California.

33. One California town is actually considering making it illegal to smoke in your own backyard.

34. The traffic around the big cities is horrific.

35. Los Angeles

36. San Francisco

37. Oakland

38. Stockton

39. Sacramento

40. The rampant gang activity in the state gets even worse with each passing year.

41. Crime continues to rise all over the state.

42. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to “lock their doors and load their guns” because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer.

43. The murder rate in San Bernardino is up 50 percent this year.

44. In Oakland, burglaries are up 43 percent so far this year.

45. Today, Oakland is considered the 5th most violent city in the United States.

46. There have been more than 250 gold chain robberies in Stockton, California just since the month of April.

47. In Stockton, the police budget cuts got so bad that the police union put up a billboard at one point with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

48. Jerry Brown.

49. The absolutely insane California state legislature.

50. Wildfires.

51. Mudslides.

52. The state of California lies directly along the infamous “Ring of Fire“.  Approximately 90 percent of all the earthquakes in the entire world happen along the Ring of Fire and the “Big One” could hit the state at any moment.

53. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 100,000 more people moved out of the state of California in 2011 than moved into it.

54. During 2011, more than 58,000 people moved from California to the state of Texas.

55. Overall, the state of California has experienced a net loss of about four million residents to other states over the past 20 years.

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  • Stealth Spaniel

    The really sad part is that most of this state is very conservative-we work and live in a simple and deliberate manner. We are absolutely over run by the nitwits in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Berkeley, etc. Surprised? Take a look at the election map for 2012. The eastern part of the state is red-but all of the coastal areas are blue. The population is in the coast.
    I grew in California when it truly WAS the Golden State. People in my high school class who didn’t want to go to college right away, took a job at one of the aero space companies, worked a few years, paid for college in full and moved on to great jobs. Growing up in LA, teachers only asked-What’s your dream? Whatever it was, everyone knew that you could achieve it-without question. Skid Row was the only place with the homeless and drunks: the malls were clean, safe, and fun: peak traffic hours were 730 am to 830 am and 4pm to 530pm: LAX was a happy place to hang out for high school kids with little money but big plans: and you could “camp out” in your parents backyard without fear.
    It makes me sad, but I have to say adios to my formerly Golden State. Like so many, I am making plans for somewhere else.

    • When you say “most” you mean geographical open areas. Sure, in areas where there are not a lot of people, it appears to be Red, but elections are decided by population not geographical areas. And when looking at total population, California is a completely Blue state. The demographics of California are really hard, and I believe as the demographics of California goes so does the nation.

      I am also making plans to leave the state.

  • stock

    Yep in the 70s and 80s CA was cool, now it is fool

    What a joke from prosperity to insanity

  • I too grew up in Southern California during the glory days of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. I saw the writing on the wall. I now live in Wisconsin and don’t miss California at all. Green Acres is the life for me!

  • Yet how bad is it, when most have cars to congest the freew many walkers or bikers are on the freeway? The people paid into their pension funds for 40 years, too bad the elite want to steak.

  • And to answer your question “why would anyone live there” the answer is fairly simple. Jobs. Homes. Family. Weather. Our jobs, and our existing homes are there, and many people have put down roots and have family and friends there. And you know, California has basically perfect weather. It is hard to up root that, it is hard to sell a home in today’s market. However we are still doing it. Millions of “native born” Americans have fled California. Over 800,000 have ended up in Texas.

    Thus even as difficult as it may be, we are still fleeing.

  • superdave:-)

    CA rightly belongs to Mexico; this what you get for stealing that which is not yours. The chickens always come home to roost in the end. California’s suffering is great entertainment for those smart enough not to live there. LOL.

    • Stealth Spaniel

      Are you mentally challenged? California actually “belongs” to the USA. And it was lived in by Native Americans before the Spaniards showed up to enslave the locals. Mexico was an outpost of Spain until their war for freedom. The Spanish are White Europeans-the brown brothers that you think got ripped off are actually a combination of inter-marriage between the Natives and the Europeans.None of it matters now-past history is just that. Unless you are an ObamaMoron, whereas you can rewrite all of the parts that bother you.
      P.S. If Mexico is so great, why is LA completely stuffed with people trying to get the hell out of there???

      • superdave:-)

        I didn’t say Mexico or California were great…they’re not. We just need to cut CA loose and be done with it. But if living there works for you more power to you…enjoy your Spanish lessons.

  • Texas has union also and lots of pollution. Fine if you do not want to breathe or drink water.

  • historian

    “CA rightly belongs to Mexico; this what you get for stealing that which is not yours” Califonia was inhabited by Indian tribes before the Mexicans moved into the area. Now it’s turning into a corrupt dump just like Mexico.

  • Cnsay

    If all this is true than why aren’t those responsible for enabling and creating this shithole, not laying in a ditch, bled out. Oh…thats right only gang bangers have the balls and equipment to off those who need it. Most of the so called conservatives in Cuntafornia would never consider it.

  • Tim

    I like the list, but why no mention of their gun laws? California is probably in the top 3 worst states for gun owners.