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 

Why You Should Move to California: A Local's Take
As if you need another reason besides the weather, the outdoors, the economy, and In-N-Out Burger.
California's Top Employers
Naval Station, UCLA, Disney head impressive list
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.

Population

38,066,920
Up by 5%
key west, fl
Best Cities for Year-Round Sunshine
Tired of the cold and/or rain? We've got the places for you.
Victor Valley, CA Quality Of Life
Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.
Victor Valley, CA Quality Of Life
Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.
Victor Valley, CA Quality Of Life
Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.
Victor Valley, CA Quality Of Life
Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.
holiday lights
8 Best Cities for Holiday Lights and Decorations
Let's just put it this way: Clark Griswold would highly consider moving after seeing these displays.

Housing

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

Median Home Price

$371,400
Higher than the national average
Luther Burbank's Cottage
8 Reasons to Move to Sebastopol, CA
One of the best small towns in America just keeps getting better.

Nashville, TN: Booming Economy
To Make More Money, Move to a Booming Economy
The South's communities have the fastest growing economies, while these other small to mid-sized cities are growing at a steady rate, too.

Sebastopol CA
10 Things to Do in Sebastopol, CA
Rich in agricultural history, Sebastopol, CA offers beautiful vineyards, eclectic shops and great restaurants.

Featured Cities

Stanford University
Schools Are Incredible in Palo Alto, CA
We'll just come out and say it.
A tells charges in front of a Palo Alto home
The Real Deal About Real Estate in Palo Alto, CA
It's one of the best places to live in America, so what's it actually like to own a home there? We decided to investigate.
Halloween is Serious Business in Palo Alto, CA
We all know it's the tech capital of the world, but Halloween? Might just have to consider it.

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

Best Cities for Year-Round Sunshine
Tired of the cold and/or rain? We've got the places for you.

Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.

Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.

Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.

Victor Valley Offers the Best of All Worlds
How outdoor recreation and the arts help make this California region a great place to live.

8 Best Cities for Holiday Lights and Decorations
Let's just put it this way: Clark Griswold would highly consider moving after seeing these displays.

8 Reasons to Move to Sebastopol, CA
One of the best small towns in America just keeps getting better.

To Make More Money, Move to a Booming Economy
The South's communities have the fastest growing economies, while these other small to mid-sized cities are growing at a steady rate, too.

10 Things to Do in Sebastopol, CA
Rich in agricultural history, Sebastopol, CA offers beautiful vineyards, eclectic shops and great restaurants.

Schools Are Incredible in Palo Alto, CA
We'll just come out and say it.

The Real Deal About Real Estate in Palo Alto, CA
It's one of the best places to live in America, so what's it actually like to own a home there? We decided to investigate.

Halloween is Serious Business in Palo Alto, CA
We all know it's the tech capital of the world, but Halloween? Might just have to consider it.

8 Reasons to Move to Irvine, CA
Sunny community offers plenty of reasons why you should move there.

Bikeability and Public Transportation in Palo Alto, CA
Getting around Palo Alto is pretty easy, thanks to the city's bike-friendly nature and various public transportation options.

8 Things to Do in West Hollywood, CA
Whisky a Go Go, The Comedy Store are among many great sites

7 Reasons to Move to Palo Alto, CA
Incredible public schools and some of the most brilliant minds in the world make this California city one of the most coveted in the U.S.

9 Things Only Locals Know About San Francisco
From great food to the best places to shop, local residents have the inside scoop.

5 Things Only Locals Know About Los Angeles
We asked an LA local to walk new residents through the most important things to know when living in Tinsel Town.

8 Things to Do in San Francisco
From beautiful coastal views to historic landmarks, San Francisco is an exciting destination.

11 Things to Do in Los Angeles
An LA local gives us the low-down on what to do and see when you're in this west coast city.

8 Reasons to Move to San Francisco, CA
One of the hottest cities in the country offers a booming economy, a lovely climate, world class dining and more.

Housing and Real Estate in Compton, CA
All the facts, figures and information you need to choose housing in this city.

7 Reasons to Move to Los Angeles
Aside from the weather, the beach, the incredible food scene, and more.

Santa Barbara, CA Restaurants You Can’t Miss
Popular spots include Bouchon, The Lark, Mony’s

Best Places to Live in California