Newsom vs. DeSantis is also California vs. Florida. Who's got the better place to live?

David Lightman, Miami Herald on

Published in Political News

California's Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis love to brag about how their state is the best place to live, work and enjoy life.

Newsom, a second-term Democrat, and DeSantis, a Republican presidential nominee, will debate Thursday for 90 minutes in Alpharetta, Georgia, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Fox News Channel commentator Sean Hannity will moderate.

Expect lots of boasts, along with numbers from both that appear to back up all of their claims.

DeSantis, for example, told “Fox and Friends’’ last week “People are flooding into Florida because we’ve stood for freedom and prosperity. They’re leaving California because they can’t even keep the streets safe.”

Newsom appeared on Hannity’s program earlier this year and offered a series of reasons California is a booming state.

The answer, of course, is ultimately a matter of personal preference. Florida’s got lower taxes. California is more aggressive about protecting the environment. Florida is considered more business-friendly. California is more diverse and, by some measures, residents are more involved with their communities and neighbors.


“Florida’s advantages in cost savings, job market and lifestyle preferences make it a compelling choice, with the ongoing migration from California signaling a shift in preferences,” said analyst Cassandra Happe, an analyst for WalletHub, a financial services firm that surveys economists and uses a series of metrics to rank states in different ways.

“Ultimately, the decision hinges on what individuals value most in their living experience, be it financial considerations, cultural diversity or lifestyle amenities.”

California vs. Florida

Here’s a look at the claims the governors are likely to make Thursday:


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