Regional Snapshots

WEST COAST
Attractions: Scenic beauty, mild winters, water sports, urban amenities, arts and culture, rural charm, Southern California beaches
Drawbacks: Rain in the northwest, wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes, rural isolation

EAST COAST
Attractions: Urban amenities, arts and culture, quaint towns, history, beaches, lobster, water sports
Drawbacks: Heavy development, winters in the north, hurricanes in the south

GULF COAST
Attractions: Beaches, warm weather, fishing, water sports, tranquil lifestyle
Drawbacks: Hurricanes, storm-related economic stress, rapid development, erosion (Louisiana), heavily industrial landscape (Texas)

GREAT LAKES
Attractions: Scenic beauty, friendliness, water sports, fishing
Drawbacks: Winters, rural isolation, post-industrial economic challenges