As someone who lives in the Bay Area, I would say don't move here if you think you can't handle San Diego financially. This area is more expensive. You would have to live pretty far away from the city to have room for the kids and pets. The weather here is perfect for me, but I wouldn't say it is warm exactly. I'm from Ohio and I hate the winters there. I love it here because it rarely gets too hot or too cold. Some parts of the area are warm but some parts are colder. We wear pants year round and a jacket most days. Southern California is much warmer. If you lived more inland or near Napa/Sonoma, it would be warmer and cheaper, but those places are also more rural and conservative politically but not too bad. I have heard San Diego has some pretty conservative areas. Have you looked at the Central Coast? Maybe San Luis Obispo? It seems like a pretty laid back kind of place.
I have also heard good things about Asheville.
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