Best Places to Live in California

AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in California by using a Livability Score out of 100. The Livability Score for each city in California is calculated from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. California has a population of 38,332,521 and a population density of 232.4. The capital city is Sacramento and the largest city in California is Los Angeles. To filter the results, use the filters on the left to sort by state, population and category.
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Rank City Livability Ame­nities Cost of Living Crime Edu­cation Emp­loyment Housing Weather
1Hidden Hills, CAPopulation: 1,73289B+FA+AA+A+A
2Monte Sereno, CAPopulation: 3,38389A+FA+A+A+A+B+
3Lafayette, CAPopulation: 24,07388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
4Sereno del Mar, CAPopulation: 13888A+FA+A+A+A+B
5Rolling Hills Estates, CAPopulation: 8,07888A+FA+A+A+A+A
6Danville, CAPopulation: 42,26588A+FA+A+A+A+B+
7Agoura Hills, CAPopulation: 20,43188A+FA+AAA+A
8Los Altos, CAPopulation: 29,12988A+FA+A+A+A+B+
9San Ramon, CAPopulation: 71,21388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
10Belmont, CAPopulation: 25,88788A+FA+AAA+A
11Santa Susana, CAPopulation: 1,19288A+FA+A+AA+A
12Orinda, CAPopulation: 17,86888A+FA+A+A+A+B
13Irvine, CAPopulation: 213,88088A+FA+AAA+A
14Aliso Viejo, CAPopulation: 47,91088A+FA+AAA+A
15Camino Tassajara, CAPopulation: 1,90888AFA+A+A+A+B+
16Foster City, CAPopulation: 30,75487A+FA+AAA+A
17Saratoga, CAPopulation: 30,05987A+FA+A+A+A+B+
18Cupertino, CAPopulation: 58,40987A+FA+AA+A+B+
19Yorba Linda, CAPopulation: 64,69987A+FA+AAA+A
20San Clemente, CAPopulation: 63,18787A+FA+AB+A+A
21Mission Viejo, CAPopulation: 93,69987A+FA+AAA+A
22Rancho Santa Margarita, CAPopulation: 48,08187A+FA+AAA+A
23San Carlos, CAPopulation: 28,45587A+FA+A+A+A+A
24La CaƱada Flintridge, CAPopulation: 20,30987A+FA+A+A+A+B
25Ladera Heights, CAPopulation: 7,07287A+FA+A+AA+A
26Pleasanton, CAPopulation: 70,32987A+FA+AA+A+B+
27Atherton, CAPopulation: 6,97287A+FA+A+A+A+B
28Mill Valley, CAPopulation: 13,93187A+FA+A+A+A+B
29Los Gatos, CAPopulation: 29,52287A+FA+A+A+A+B+
30Saranap, CAPopulation: 5,06487A+FA+A+B+A+B+
31Thousand Oaks, CAPopulation: 126,57087A+FA+AAA+B+
32Ladera, CAPopulation: 1,60387C+FA+A+A+A+A
33Laguna Niguel, CAPopulation: 63,34287A+FA+AAA+A
34Westlake Village, CAPopulation: 8,30787A+FA+AAA+B+
35Marina del Rey, CAPopulation: 9,08787A+FA+A+AA+A
36Chino Hills, CAPopulation: 75,21187A+FA+B+AA+A
37Newport Beach, CAPopulation: 85,32387A+FA+A+AA+A
38Clayton, CAPopulation: 11,02087A+FA+A+A+A+B+
39Ladera Ranch, CAPopulation: 22,53487A+FA+A+A+A+A
40Palo Alto, CAPopulation: 64,51487A+FA+A+A+A+A
41Highlands-Baywood Park, CAPopulation: 4,30687AFA+A+A+A+A
42Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CAPopulation: 10,94586A+FA+A+AA+B
43Rancho Santa Fe, CAPopulation: 2,90886B+FA+A+A+A+A
44Palos Verdes Estates, CAPopulation: 13,49386B+FA+A+A+A+A
45Blackhawk, CAPopulation: 9,15586AFA+A+A+A+B+
46Sunnyvale, CAPopulation: 141,12386A+FA+AAA+B+
47Ross, CAPopulation: 2,12786A+FA+A+A+A+B
48Torrance, CAPopulation: 145,44386A+FA+AB+A+A
49Corte Madera, CAPopulation: 9,26786A+FA+AAA+B
50Manhattan Beach, CAPopulation: 35,22686A+FAA+A+A+A
51Kentfield, CAPopulation: 6,61686A+FA+A+A+A+B
52Piedmont, CAPopulation: 10,69986A+FB+A+A+A+B
53Dublin, CAPopulation: 45,79986A+FA+B+AA+B+
54Acalanes Ridge, CAPopulation: 1,28186AFA+AA+A+B+
55Kensington, CAPopulation: 5,16986A+FA+A+A+A+B
56Laguna Beach, CAPopulation: 22,87386A+FA+A+AA+A
57Villa Park, CAPopulation: 5,84386BFA+AA+A+A
58West Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 3,95786A+FA+A+A+A+B
59Coronado, CAPopulation: 21,96886A+FA+A+AA+A
60Alamo, CAPopulation: 15,50486A+FA+A+A+A+B+
61Topanga, CAPopulation: 9,05586B+FA+A+A+A+A
62Simi Valley, CAPopulation: 123,94286A+FA+B+B+AA
63Fremont, CAPopulation: 215,18886A+FA+B+AA+B+
64Camarillo, CAPopulation: 64,94486A+FA+AB+A+B+
65San Anselmo, CAPopulation: 12,36386A+FA+AAA+B
66Hillsborough, CAPopulation: 10,87986A+FA+A+A+A+B
67Loyola, CAPopulation: 3,85686B+FA+A+A+A+B+
68Emerald Lake Hills, CAPopulation: 4,39186BFA+A+A+A+A
69Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 32,12286A+FA+AAA+A
70Benicia, CAPopulation: 27,08886A+FA+AB+AB+
71Hermosa Beach, CAPopulation: 19,53586A+FAA+AA+A
72Walnut, CAPopulation: 29,43186A+FA+AAA+A
73Santa Clarita, CAPopulation: 175,92286A+FA+B+B+AA
74Claremont, CAPopulation: 35,04385A+FA+AB+A+A
75Encinitas, CAPopulation: 59,78285A+FA+AAA+A
76Tiburon, CAPopulation: 8,95985A+FA+A+A+A+B
77La Palma, CAPopulation: 15,60885A+FA+AB+A+A
78Lake Forest, CAPopulation: 77,60585A+FA+AAA+A
79Cypress, CAPopulation: 47,98685A+FA+AB+A+A
80Dana Point, CAPopulation: 33,59685A+FA+AB+A+A
81Sierra Madre, CAPopulation: 10,93985A+FA+A+AA+B
82Folsom, CAPopulation: 71,67585A+FA+B+AAB+
83Larkspur, CAPopulation: 11,95285A+FA+A+B+A+B
84Carlsbad, CAPopulation: 105,09785A+FA+AB+A+A
85Redondo Beach, CAPopulation: 66,80085A+FB+AAA+A
86Moorpark, CAPopulation: 34,47385A+FA+B+AA+B+
87Rio del Mar, CAPopulation: 8,99385A+FA+A+AA+B
88Diamond Bar, CAPopulation: 55,81085AFA+AAA+A
89Rossmoor, CAPopulation: 10,29485B+FA+A+AA+A
90Strawberry, CAPopulation: 5,78285A+FA+A+B+A+B
91Fairfax, CAPopulation: 7,44685A+FA+A+AA+B
92Carmel-by-the-Sea, CAPopulation: 3,75785A+FA+A+BA+B
93Mission Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,10085AFA+A+B+A+B+
94Las Flores, CAPopulation: 6,22785BFA+A+A+A+A
95Diablo, CAPopulation: 1,21185DFA+AA+A+B+
96Rancho Palos Verdes, CAPopulation: 41,79385C+FA+A+A+A+A
97South Pasadena, CAPopulation: 25,60385A+FA+AB+A+B
98Orange, CAPopulation: 136,89185A+FA+BB+A+A
99Scotts Valley, CAPopulation: 11,53285A+FA+AAA+B
100Contra Costa Centre, CAPopulation: 5,54785A+FA+A+B+A+B+
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