- He recently moved to San Diego Country from the suburbs of Minneapolis.
- He said he would “never go back to Minnesota” because of California’s weather, comfort and nature.
- He lives in a more expensive high-end facility, but has nicer amenities than in Minnesota.
Brian Dalton, 72, has spent most of his life in Minnesota, except for three years in the Army in North Carolina and a brief stint in Arizona.
For four years, he worked as a laboratory manager and bartender in Minneapolis. Part of him always wanted to live in California to escape the cold winters and move to the coast. After he retired, he had the chance to move to California temporarily to help his son start his business, and after a few months there, he knew he had to move permanently.
“I wanted to get out here from the winter, from the cold, from sliding on the ice,” Dalton told Business Insider. “It was expensive, but I finally took the plunge last July.”
He pays more for his apartment, but it has more amenities and the weather is ideal. She spends her time walking her dogs, watching sports, relaxing in the sun and helping her son with his work.
Dalton is one of several thousand former Minnesotans who moved to California last year. USA Census migration data In the 2021-2022 window released last October, 5,143 people moved from Minnesota to California. About 6,900 people moved from California to Minnesota during that time.
Between 2021 and 2022, about 131,000 people moved out of Minnesota, and 117,000 moved out. At the same time, almost 818,000 people left and 475,800 moved in California. Including those moving to California from some states Tennessee and Florida The state’s weather, business and health resources, and infrastructure attracted them, he told Business Insider.
Moves to the Golden State
Shortly after serving in the military, Dalton married in Minnesota. He worked as a parts development manager for hearing aids and related equipment in an injection molding laboratory for over thirty years. For 28 years, he also worked as a bartender in one of the entertainment venues in the city, where he worked until he moved to California.
When he was about to retire, he recalled a moment from his teenage years. At 17, he drove his $100 car to California with no credit card and a desire to see many concerts. He spent summers in the Los Angeles area with his sisters and reminisced about the mystique of the state.
For the past 12 years, Dalton has visited her children in San Diego and wanted to join them on the West Coast, even though she thought the state would be too expensive. But in the end he bit the bullet and moved to California.
“Ever since I was a child, I’ve been drawn to California, the mountains, the different flowers, the trees,” says Dalton. “It’s a great place and I love it. I’ve always talked about moving here, and I finally did and I’m so glad I did.”
He settled in an upscale complex in Escondido, San Diego County, for $1,700 a month, which cost him $500 to $600 a month more than his previous apartment in Hopkins, a small town in Minnesota southwest of Minneapolis. He sold most of his belongings, quit his job, loaded up his pickup truck, said goodbye to his lifelong friends, and “got out of there.”
“I decided to start being really proactive about finding a place, and I found it online when I was on vacation here a few years ago,” Dalton said, adding that he was impressed by how modern the facility was. it was when he was walking.
‘I’ll never go back to Minnesota’
Compared to his Minnesota location, he said the California facility is better run with more full-time staff and maintenance staff. He also said she had all the amenities she wanted and felt safer than her place in Minnesota.
Given that San Diego County has beaches, deserts and mountains, the weather was one of Dalton’s biggest appeals. He lives further inland near an interstate, which means he can get to the beach easily, even though it’s sunny almost every day in his area.
“If I had won the lottery, it wouldn’t have been my choice, but I didn’t, especially since I’m not working now and I’m getting steady Social Security and retirement benefits,” Dalton said.
In winter, the air temperature is around 60 degrees during the day and 40 degrees at night, so he rarely uses the heat in his apartment. He often hikes nearby trails and tries to attend sports games throughout the year.
“I wear a t-shirt to walk the dogs in the mornings, but other than that, I always wear shorts and a t-shirt with sandals,” Dalton said. “I’m in pretty good shape and I still don’t like the idea of slipping and falling and breaking my hip, which was one of the main reasons I moved from Minnesota.”
He said gas is much more expensive in California. $4.54 per gallon in comparison $2.93 per gallon In Minnesota – although he saves money by buying his gas at the local Costco. Traffic is often heavy, especially when she drives on the highways to help her son with his work, although she usually stays close to home most days. She said she doesn’t have to drive that far, given that grocery stores, a gym and major retailers are within three blocks.
He noted that grocery prices are about the same between Minnesota and California. He doesn’t eat out much, though he said restaurant prices are about the same between the two states.
So far, the people he’s met in California are friendly and talkative, though he misses all his friends in Minneapolis. He said he was often left out of political discussions and did not perceive much political change between the two states.
“I’m never going back to Minnesota,” Dalton said. “I’d probably stay in San Diego County, although I’m not sure I’d stay in this particular place. But it’s the cheapest I’ve seen for what I’ve gotten here, so there’s a good chance I’ll be here for a while.”
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