Why some people are fleeing Southern California

Longtime Irvine resident Helen Tornquist is calling Big D home now after volunteering for a transfer to north Texas.

Her kids moved out. Her marriage is over. And she had planned to retire out of state anyway because California is just too expensive. Last year, she sold her four-bedroom home of 13 years and moved to the Dallas area, where she manages a customer call center.

“I reached out to my boss and said, ‘I am available to go to a new location. Where do you want me to go?’” said Tornquist, 57, a graduate of both UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. “California is a great place to be, but it’s pretty expensive. And it’s getting pretty crowded.”

Tornquist is one of thousands of Southern California residents who each year is throwing in the towel and moving out of state.

During the first 10 months of 2016, 5,706 residents of Orange, Los

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