As much as I'd love to see you come here, Just a head's up on CA. It's a liberal UTOPIA. On a positive note, we do have some fantastic weather. It's not public record, but there are whole lot of rumors from people who do accounting that most of the liberal Hollywood types now have a "primary residence" in another state. FYI, @MaximusB The liberals don't seem to believe in evolution. People will adapt (and move) in response to environmental change.
California has by far the highest state income tax. We have the highest capital gains tax. Our corporate state income tax is the highest west of Iowa -- our economic competitors.
In addition, CA has the highest statewide sales tax. Our homeowner median property tax bill is 93% higher than the average for the other 49 states. Our CA total gasoline taxes are essentially tied with Pennsylvania as the highest in the nation. Our motor vehicle registration fees are higher than average. Our traffic tickets are literally TRIPLE the average of the other 49 states.
And yet our CA highway system is rated ninth worst in the nation.
Re: Utah. @UtahLama relocated there and loves it. I haven't seen him around in a couple of weeks, but I'll tag him here. I went to college there, and am Mormon so my experience may be different. I would absolutely consider retiring to Utah. If you love to hike, ski, just be outside, it's absolutely gorgeous. I believe it's a good environment for business. The percentage of the population that is Mormon is much less in areas like Salt Lake City. I know @on_edge has family in St George, and he is not Mormon so he could also give you an opinion.