You didn't further north than Sacramento ......
#6 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS
I live further north. A real house here cost as much as in the Bay Area.
The reason a house in Willits might be cheaper is because you cannot get a job that pays you enough to make it worth it.
Have you ever lived in Needles? Would you?
Houses further from the big cities ARE cheaper. But you get paid less and the quality of life is less. House near a big city are cheaper but you have to commute 3 hours. So again quality of life suffers.
So you CAN exist in Bakersfield but you CANNOT live there. Hell, I cannot even sleep in Bakersfield. The whole town smells like manure. Hot days in Bakersfield are unbearable.
I would rather be homeless in a nice city than get a "living wage" in Bakersfield.