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+
4Rolling Hills Estates, CAPopulation: 8,07888A+FA+A+A+A+A
5Danville, CAPopulation: 42,26588A+FA+A+A+A+B+
6Agoura Hills, CAPopulation: 20,43188A+FA+AAA+A
7Los Altos, CAPopulation: 29,12988A+FA+A+A+A+B+
8Sereno del Mar, CAPopulation: 13888A+FA+A+A+A+B
9Belmont, CAPopulation: 25,88788A+FA+AAA+A
10San Ramon, CAPopulation: 71,21388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
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
23La CaƱada Flintridge, CAPopulation: 20,30987A+FA+A+A+A+B
24Ross, CAPopulation: 2,12787A+FA+A+A+A+B
25Atherton, CAPopulation: 6,97287A+FA+A+A+A+B
26Mill Valley, CAPopulation: 13,93187A+FA+A+A+A+B
27Pleasanton, CAPopulation: 70,32987A+FA+AA+A+B+
28San Carlos, CAPopulation: 28,45587A+FA+A+A+A+A
29Thousand Oaks, CAPopulation: 126,57087A+FA+AAA+B+
30Ladera, CAPopulation: 1,60387C+FA+A+A+A+A
31Laguna Niguel, CAPopulation: 63,34287A+FA+AAA+A
32Westlake Village, CAPopulation: 8,30787A+FA+AAA+B+
33Ladera Heights, CAPopulation: 7,07287A+FA+A+AA+A
34Palo Alto, CAPopulation: 64,51487A+FA+A+A+A+A
35Chino Hills, CAPopulation: 75,21187A+FA+B+AA+A
36Newport Beach, CAPopulation: 85,32387A+FA+A+AA+A
37Clayton, CAPopulation: 11,02087A+FA+A+A+A+B+
38Saranap, CAPopulation: 5,06487A+FA+A+B+A+B+
39San Anselmo, CAPopulation: 12,36387A+FA+AAA+B
40Marina del Rey, CAPopulation: 9,08787A+FA+A+AA+A
41Highlands-Baywood Park, CAPopulation: 4,30686AFA+A+A+A+A
42Rancho Santa Fe, CAPopulation: 2,90886B+FA+A+A+A+A
43Palos Verdes Estates, CAPopulation: 13,49386B+FA+A+A+A+A
44Torrance, CAPopulation: 145,44386A+FA+AB+A+A
45Piedmont, CAPopulation: 10,69986A+FAA+A+A+B
46Los Gatos, CAPopulation: 29,52286A+FA+A+A+A+B+
47Ladera Ranch, CAPopulation: 22,53486A+FA+A+A+A+A
48Manhattan Beach, CAPopulation: 35,22686A+FAA+A+A+A
49Blackhawk, CAPopulation: 9,15586AFA+A+A+A+B+
50Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CAPopulation: 10,94586A+FA+A+AA+B
51Acalanes Ridge, CAPopulation: 1,28186AFA+AA+A+B+
52Kensington, CAPopulation: 5,16986A+FA+A+A+A+B
53Villa Park, CAPopulation: 5,84386BFA+AA+A+A
54West Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 3,95786A+FA+A+A+A+B
55Camarillo, CAPopulation: 64,94486A+FA+AB+A+B+
56Corte Madera, CAPopulation: 9,26786A+FA+AAA+B
57Sunnyvale, CAPopulation: 141,12386A+FA+AAA+B+
58Kentfield, CAPopulation: 6,61686A+FA+A+A+A+B
59Simi Valley, CAPopulation: 123,94286A+FA+B+B+AA
60Hillsborough, CAPopulation: 10,87986A+FA+A+A+A+B
61South Pasadena, CAPopulation: 25,60386A+FA+AB+A+B
62Loyola, CAPopulation: 3,85686B+FA+A+A+A+B+
63Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 32,12286A+FA+AAA+A
64Emerald Lake Hills, CAPopulation: 4,39186BFA+A+A+A+A
65Topanga, CAPopulation: 9,05586B+FA+A+A+A+A
66Alamo, CAPopulation: 15,50486A+FA+A+A+A+B+
67Coronado, CAPopulation: 21,96886A+FAA+AA+A
68Walnut, CAPopulation: 29,43186A+FA+AAA+A
69Folsom, CAPopulation: 71,67586A+FA+B+AAB+
70Dublin, CAPopulation: 45,79986A+FA+B+AA+B+
71Benicia, CAPopulation: 27,08885A+FA+AB+AB+
72San Marino, CAPopulation: 13,17285A+FA+A+A+A+B
73Fairfax, CAPopulation: 7,44685A+FA+A+AA+B
74Tiburon, CAPopulation: 8,95985A+FA+A+A+A+B
75Claremont, CAPopulation: 35,04385A+FA+AB+A+A
76Dana Point, CAPopulation: 33,59685A+FA+AB+A+A
77Fremont, CAPopulation: 215,18885A+FA+B+AA+B+
78Lake Forest, CAPopulation: 77,60585A+FA+AAA+A
79Sierra Madre, CAPopulation: 10,93985A+FA+A+AA+B
80La Palma, CAPopulation: 15,60885A+FA+AB+A+A
81Moorpark, CAPopulation: 34,47385A+FA+B+AA+B+
82Mission Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,10085AFA+A+B+A+B+
83Cypress, CAPopulation: 47,98685A+FA+AB+A+A
84Diamond Bar, CAPopulation: 55,81085AFA+AAA+A
85Diablo, CAPopulation: 1,21185DFA+AA+A+B+
86Rio del Mar, CAPopulation: 8,99385A+FA+A+AA+B
87Rancho Palos Verdes, CAPopulation: 41,79385C+FA+A+A+A+A
88Strawberry, CAPopulation: 5,78285A+FA+A+B+A+B
89Larkspur, CAPopulation: 11,95285A+FA+A+B+A+B
90Rossmoor, CAPopulation: 10,29485B+FA+A+AA+A
91Castle Hill, CAPopulation: 1,21885BFA+A+A+A+B+
92Laguna Hills, CAPopulation: 30,55685A+FA+B+B+A+A
93Laguna Beach, CAPopulation: 22,87385A+FB+A+AA+A
94Las Flores, CAPopulation: 6,22785BFA+A+A+A+A
95Redondo Beach, CAPopulation: 66,80085A+FB+AAA+A
96Pasatiempo, CAPopulation: 1,18385A+FA+AA+A+C
97Santa Clarita, CAPopulation: 175,92285A+FA+B+B+AA
98Eastvale, CAPopulation: 59,03085A+FA+B+AAA
99Carlsbad, CAPopulation: 105,09785A+FAAB+A+A
100Murrieta, CAPopulation: 102,34585A+DA+B+B+B+A
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