And the fact that California is on the West Coast, with nearly a dozen cargo seaports, means excellent access to Pacific Rim markets and status as a logistics gateway for Asian companies targeting American markets. No wonder thriving logistics hubs have developed in the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire regions, among others, and no wonder California is the top American destination for foreign direct investment.
California is home to more than 100 Nobel laureates, lured by the combination of an innovation-based economy and an enviable lifestyle. And what's not to like about life in a state that has a moderate climate, beaches, mountains, deserts and everything in between? There are a thousand golf courses, more than 40 snow resorts, nearly two dozen pro sports teams, and countless world-famous wineries and vineyards.
"Talented people want to live where it's cool," says McGowan. "California has a lifestyle that's the envy of the world, and it attracts talented people from around the world."