This May 1st, 2015 article from The San Diego Union-Tribune describes several positive forces and trends for aerospace jobs in the San Diego, California metro area:
Southern California has one of the most exciting and remarkable histories when it comes to aerospace and aviation. Maybe that is the place where you can create more of it for yourself?!
Before you compare costs of living or quality of life indicators, be sure to read Tip #8 from How To Be a Rocket Scientist: Know how to apply for a job.
If you are already in San Diego and have some inside perspective to share, write a comment below! (Think carefully about keeping it professional and non-proprietary, of course.)