Hey, at least you don't live in Michigan like I do. By the time I get out of college, there won't be anything left.
Where ya at in Michigan? I'm in Flint, and I gotta say, I agree with what you said. If you can afford it, get out now before the crumbling. My GF and I are either moving to Gainesville FLA, or Santa Rosa, Ca. I was born and raised in California, and lived there for over a year upon my 18th. There's a booming economy in either state, but in Cali, I know for a fact. I had a very un planned endeavor doing on-site computer repair, and with just a screwdriver and my aunts station wagon, I made some decent side cash. And I was just some 18 year old kid with a Craigslist ad. If you do it right (or any better) after the first few initial months, you should be makin some decent money. I wouldn't suggest trying to live in Ca single though. I'll move back there when I have someone with me, or if I have a BA and come Certs (think CCNP, MCSA, and RHCE). California is a great place if you can make it.