Interesting question and interesting reply! Let the orchid choose you! (based on the conditions you can provide). Makes us (my husband is as hooked as I am) feel good by accident - our first orchids were from a nursery about three blocks from our home that specializes in the two we bought, and the conditions we could provide are very close to his growing contions.
California sounds like the orchid capital. Florida isn't too bad - gotta watch the sunburn!