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 

Top 10 Things to Do in California
Great activities, attractions and places to see in California
Best Places to Live in California
A look at the top 10 most livable cities in the Golden State.
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%
Mount Diablo near Walnut Creek California
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The 20 Best Food Trucks in the U.S.
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Listen To Your Mother
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Como Park Minnesota
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New York City
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Housing

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

Median Home Price

$371,400
Higher than the national average
New York City
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.

Fenway Park in Boston Massachussetts
The 10 Best Baseball Fanbases in America
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Fenway Park in Boston Massachussetts
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.

Featured Cities

Mount Diablo Foothills near Walnut Creek California
Why Walnut Creek Is One of the Best Places to Live
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Seattle Space Needle in clouds and fog
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Neighborhood with Irvine skyline in background
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Comedy club, bicycling, Anteaters baseball are all big attractions

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

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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
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Things to Do in Anaheim, California
The best things to do, see and taste in the town that Disney built.

Why Anaheim, CA, Is a Top 100 Best Place to Live
Sports and entertainment, warm weather and a growing business community add to quality of life

Why Santa Barbara, CA Is Best Place to Live
Santa Barbara ranks high in civic participation, gracious living and cultural attractions

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Get all the perks of big-city life without the big-city price tag when you settle in this Bay Area community

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7 Best Hangouts in Berkeley, CA
You don't have to be a college student to enjoy these places

10 Things to Do in Sacramento, CA
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Best Breweries in Oakland, CA
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Walnut Creek, CA Offers Varied Local Recreation And Scenic Outdoor Experiences
In Walnut Creek, it seems like there are as many activities as there are citizens.

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Best Places to Live in California