As far as unemployment rates of warmer climate states:
New Mexico 8.4%
Hawaii 6.4%For the major metro areas (1,000,000 or more) with their US rank:
Rank Metropolitan Area Rate
4 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 6.8
7 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 7.3
14 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 8.0
15 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area 8.1
16 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 8.2
21 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area 8.5
36 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 10.1
37 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 10.2
39 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 10.7
40 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area 10.9
42 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area 11.2
43 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 11.7
44 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area 11.8
44 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area 11.8
46 Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 12.1
48 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area 14.1
49 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 14.2While Austin may be a very LGBT friendly area, housing prices are among the highest in Texas. I've heard San Antonio is fairly liberal too but, like Houston, they are all in a state that is anything but LGBT friendly. It's a double-edged sword.
Julie passes very well. I can pass as long as I don't have to talk too long. Two to three hours talking and my voice begins to break down. Julie has to work. Her ex took her for everything. I have a pension but I would like to work, probably part time. My brain is in retirement mode. Julie is ten years my junior. She still wants (and needs) to work. So the employment situation is important. But I'm very uncomfortable about moving to a state where they think discriminating against LGBT people is a good thing.
Disregarding employment and housing prices, California wins hands down. But based on the population vs unemployment scenario, that's what everyone thinks. "I'd rather live in California and be broke than live in redneck country and live like a millionaire."
On a side note, it seems pretty obvious:
The more liberal the area, the higher the property value.
The higher the property value, the higher the education level.
The higher the education level, the lower the prejudice level.
The lower the prejudice level, the lesser the incidence of discrimination.
The lesser the incidence of discrimination, the higher the tolerance.
The higher the tolerance, the more liberal the area.
So the cure for falling property values? You do the math.
On the other hand, if you want cheap housing, you have to conform, or else!