Smog? Have you been outside of LA? The rest of the state isn't bad at all. Couple that with a little bit of coastline. Los Angeles, while I don't like it much, is a hotbed of culture. Scenery in California v. Texas: I'm not really going to waste either of our time debating this one...CA has everything. CA has some of the most diversely amazing scenery in the world I'd say. You like living in Texas apparently. Maybe it's a difference of affordability. I would take California over Texas.