I live in So Cal. Traffic sucks IF you have to be in it. I live in a semi rural area and have a 17 mile drive down country backroads to/from work. Shopping is about the same, maybe a little further. But it took effort to be in this position. No way I could work in metro LA from where I live, the commute would kill me. And I'm not near the beach so it gets HOT in the summer. but it is usually not humid, that makes the temps a little more tolerable.
I agree with grasshopper once you get used to not having to move snow out of your way there ain't no going back.