Sorry to confuse everyone with mentioning where I'm from. I'm impartial to wherever I end up. I would love to work in California, but would also be happy in D.C, Boston, NY, Philly, Ohio, etc. Location isn't the issue. If I were forced to chose based entirely on location though, I would choose California.
Financials are not that huge of a concern either. For example, I'm not strongly considering going to University of the Pacific to save the money.