Don't mind the hicks. Not all of us in the midwest drag our knuckles around. My wife and I really miss California in a few ways: her awesome family in San Luis Obispo, having Fry's and Trader Joe's stores nearby, and the excellent weather. And yet, we love being upper-middle class in Oklahoma on the same income that would be barely above poverty in Cali.
Aerospace engineer? It's too bad you couldn't find anything in Houston. Oh well.