Best Places to Live in California

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What you need to know about California

One of every eight Americans lives in California, and it’s easy to see what attracts them with the Pacific Coast, redwood forests, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mojave Desert and a Mediterranean climate. The Golden State is home to some of the country's best places to work including Google, Intel and Scripps Health.  The best places to live in California include Palo Alto, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Francisco and Irvine 

Best Places to Live in California
A look at the top 10 most livable cities in the Golden State.
The 5 Most Affordable Cities in California
Even in expensive California, affordability is still possible.
Top 10 Things to Do in California
Great activities, attractions and places to see in California
Why Are So Many California Cities on Our Best Places to Live Ranking?
Our Top 100 features an oversized portion of California Cities. Here's our best answer as to why:

Population

38,066,920
Up by 5%
Santa Cruz CA
Why Santa Cruz, CA is One of the Best Places to Live in America
“One-in-a-million” city offers natural beauty, culture -- and fun
10 Things to Do in Santa Barbara, CA
Wine, music, and a really cool courthouse: Here are some of the best things to do in Santa Barbara, CA.
best places for fishing
The 9 Best Places for Fishing
The 9 best places to cast a line (and your cares) away.
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10 Incredible Ancient Ruins in America
America's history began long before 1776.
popular national parks
The Most Popular National Parks in the U.S.
The best 10 places in the country to get your great outdoors on.
California-like scene in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Jobs and Top Employers
UC Santa Barbara, Raytheon head an impressive list.

Housing

Homes Owned 55%
55% Complete
Homes Rented 45%
45% Complete

Median Home Price

$371,400
Higher than the national average
Best Places to Live San Mateo
Why San Mateo, CA is One of the Best Places to Live
A dynamic, engaged population helps make this one of the country’s great communities

Georgetown University
10 Best Places To Maximize G.I. Bill Benefits
Looking to get the most bang for your G.I. Bill buck? We've got you covered.

Arrington TN
The 10 Best Places for Wine
We all know Napa Valley and Sonoma, but these are places you'd never suspect to find a glass of good vino.

Featured Cities

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Top 10 Summer Music Festivals in Smaller Cities 2016
Summer music festivals can be found all over the U.S., and these smaller cities have ones that can rival the biggest
Santa Barbara CA
8 Reasons to Move to Santa Barbara, CA
Gorgeous, year-around sunshine isn't the only reason to pack up and head to this city.
Denver's Derby Day event draws more than 5,000 people and raises money for a scholarship fund.
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Median Household Income

$61,489
Higher than the national average

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 31%
31% Complete
Graduated High School 82%
82% Complete

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old

More About California Cities

Why Santa Cruz, CA is One of the Best Places to Live in America
“One-in-a-million” city offers natural beauty, culture -- and fun

10 Things to Do in Santa Barbara, CA
Wine, music, and a really cool courthouse: Here are some of the best things to do in Santa Barbara, CA.

The 9 Best Places for Fishing
The 9 best places to cast a line (and your cares) away.

10 Incredible Ancient Ruins in America
America's history began long before 1776.

The Most Popular National Parks in the U.S.
The best 10 places in the country to get your great outdoors on.

Santa Barbara Jobs and Top Employers
UC Santa Barbara, Raytheon head an impressive list.

Why San Mateo, CA is One of the Best Places to Live
A dynamic, engaged population helps make this one of the country’s great communities

10 Best Places To Maximize G.I. Bill Benefits
Looking to get the most bang for your G.I. Bill buck? We've got you covered.

The 10 Best Places for Wine
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Top 10 Summer Music Festivals in Smaller Cities 2016
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8 Reasons to Move to Santa Barbara, CA
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The 7 Best Derby Day Parties Outside of Louisville
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If You Don't Live in Walnut Creek, You'll Want to After Reading This
Mountains, great food, near the ocean: What more could you ask for?

The 20 Best Food Trucks in the U.S.
If you died and went to food truck heaven, these are the ones you'd find there.

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What started as a small event in Wisconsin, has grown into an international phenomenon.

The 5 Best Cities for Parks
If green space is what you're after, these are the places for you.

Want to Live Longer? Move Here, Study Says
A new study out of Stanford, MIT, Harvard, McKinsey, and the U.S. Treasury has pinpointed America's longest-living cities.

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The 10 Best Baseball Fanbases in America
We asked a fan who's traveled to every ballpark in America what his favorites were, and this is what he said.

The 10 Best Baseball Fanbases in America
We asked a fan who's traveled to every ballpark in America what his favorites were, and this is what he said.

Why Walnut Creek Is One of the Best Places to Live
Find out what makes Walnut Creek one of the most desirable cities in the U.S.

7 April Fools Pranks That Tricked Entire Cities
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Comedy club, bicycling, Anteaters baseball are all big attractions

Best Places to Live in California