California is becoming a nightmare. Here's why the state is getting unlivable, according to science.
The Woolsey Fire burns in Agoura Hills, California, on November 9, 2018.Matthew Simmons/Getty Images
California is becoming a precarious place to live.
Seven of the state's 10 most destructive fires in history have occurred in the last decade. From 2011 to 2015, the state endured a major drought that forced families in the Central Valley to bathe from buckets and drink water from plastic jugs to avoid contamination. California's homeless population has gotten so high that it now makes up a quarter of the national total.
These problems are only getting worse.
Rents are climbing throughout the state, and the effects of climate change have become more pronounced, posing fundamental threats to the safety and livelihoods of California residents.
Here's how the California dream is turning into a nightmare.
California fire season is getting longer and more destructive.
To minimize the risk that sparking power lines could ignite more blazes, California's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers this fall.
From 2011 to 2015, California was the driest it's ever been in recorded history.
The drought caused land to sink in the Central Valley, the state's main agricultural hotspot.
More than 100,000 coastal homes in California are at risk of chronic flooding by the end of the century.
The state is also an expensive place to live. The average gallon of milk in California could set you back nearly $3.
Rents and home prices are among the highest in the US.
A shortage of affordable housing has led to rising homelessness in cities like LA and San Francisco.
To top it all off, California is heavily dependent on cars.
California has the worst air pollution in the country.
Many of California's challenges stem from its size, but that's only part of the problem.