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Don't listen to the folks who say
I lived there (frugally) for a long time and made considerably less than a special ed teacher.
You might want to investigate San Jose. It's not glamorous, but a very liveable e are some highly regarded non-public schools for kids w/autism (AchieveKids, Morgan Center). Public schools there aren't too bad, either; the verdict seems to be that they didn't mess me up too badly. :)
I'm assuming you've done your homework about CA credential requirements (it looks like you're in Ohio?) but just in case:
Just as a word of general encouragement, kudos on starting your special ed career in the bay area; services for people w/significant disabilities of all ages in the area tend to be pretty progressive (not universally true, of course, but there's good stuff out there) and I think it's really important to start off on the right foot as your personal about your students and their potential in life is still being formed. I worked in adult services in San Jose for several years and treasured the experience.
Final plug--if you need a way to make a little extra money and possibly some good connections in the field, Camp Costanoan in Cupertino (run by Via Services, based in Santa Clara) is almost perpetually looking for good people to work as counselors for their summer camp program and/or their weekend respite camps throughout the year. My job there changed my life and was the source of great friendships, and it was a great way to meet people who work as special ed. teachers and aides, in adult services, and various related fields, and a good way to learn about the various schools and programs in the area. I've known staff there who found their "real" jobs through connections made at camp, moved up in the ranks within Via, found roommates there, or met their spouses f come from all over the world, especially during the summer, so it's a pretty comfortable place to be a person who's new to the area.