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Best Places To Live In California 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score84
  • Solana Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,312
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  • Mill Valley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,318
  • At the foot of Mount Tamalpais is Mill Valley. Accurately named for long-ago lumber milling operations, the town remains fairly eclectic. You can find money stuffed executives living next to pauper
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  • Lafayette, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,381
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  • San Ramon, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,366
  • And a San Ramon native I for one can vouch for the fact that it is single-handedly one of the most beautiful places in the Bay. With a very mild climate and beautiful atmosphere, San Ramon is also a
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  • Rolling Hills Estates, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,206
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  • Manhattan Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,573
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  • Hermosa Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,726
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  • Palo Alto, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,649
  • I have visited Palo Alto twice for business in recent years. I have found it to be a fun trip each time. It has many things to offer for entertainment and fun. One of my favorite places to go to is
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  • Pleasanton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 77,046
  • I used to live here for few years. At first I thought it was quiet and peaceful. The city was clean and I had all shopping centers nearby. But the whole place's attitude changed once the recession set in
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  • Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,038
  • That pretty much describes Rancho Santa Margarita in Southern California. If you are looking for a natural setting; close to cities and beaches. If you don't mind wild life creatures and you want to slow
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  • Cupertino, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,297
  • My husband and I lived in Cupertino for five years while my husband had a job in the area. Since then, we have moved to another part of the country and miss some of the features Cupertino has to offer.
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  • Saratoga, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,830
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  • Coronado, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,852
  • it VERY BAD because people there are mean and restaurants had horrible customer service also the beach is uncomfortable and the housing is very expense and i dont like
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  • Rossmoor, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,933
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  • Dublin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 54,523
  • I have lived near Dublin, California in the East Bay Area for several years and it is an absolutely lovely place to live, if you have the money of course. Dublin is a very expensive part of the East Bay
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  • Mountain View, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 78,827
  • I have lived in the Bay Area for two-thirds of my adult life and lived in Mountain View, CA for two of these. It is one of the nicest parts of Silicon Valley and has very good suburbs to grow up and
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  • San Carlos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,596
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  • Folsom, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,960
  • I can't wait to move here once I can afford it. It's got everything! Great schools, very low crime, the lake, the American river, camping, walking/biking trails, tons of trees, old timey feel but kept up
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  • Atherton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,127
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  • Strawberry, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,689
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  • Newport Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 86,813
  • However, it is very pricey and the people who live here are arrogant and conceited, for the most part. For much less money, you could live in Huntington Beach or Costa Mesa. These are nearby areas, that
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  • Corte Madera, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,694
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  • Larkspur, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,268
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  • Agoura Hills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,689
  • I personally live in Agoura Hills. The crime is worse than it says, the crime apparently is an A, I say it should be a B or worse. My school has fights, there's a serious drug problem there too. People
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  • Carlsbad, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 112,008
  • Carlsbad is a gorgeous city to see. I live north of the city in the Los Angeles area and found it to be a refreshing break. While I was there, in addition to visiting friends I visited Legoland. Legoland
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  • Encinitas, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,160
  • Stopping in Encinitas on a trip a year or so ago, I was amazed at how much the city offered in terms of sports - especially water sports. The residents of Encinitas focus on one main form of recreation
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  • Aliso Viejo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 50,219
  • I have lived in Aliso Viejo for six months and have found it to be a quiet and relaxing town. I relocated from a nearby city after selling my house. Aliso Viejo is nestled in South Orange County,
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  • La Cañada Flintridge, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,477
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  • San Anselmo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,623
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  • Moraga, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,977
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  • Los Altos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,238
  • I grew up in Los Altos and spent a lot of my time walking around the town and finding out the "secrets" of the town. Los Altos is a sleepy old town with lots of history, but it is sleepy for sure: there
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  • Buellton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,021
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  • Orinda, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,936
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  • South Pasadena, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,936
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  • Burlingame, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,118
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  • Millbrae, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,522
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  • Cypress, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 48,978
  • After I got out of the service I moved with my wife and kiddos to Cypress, California. It wasn't my first choice but I had a good job offer there and wanted to move closer to my in-laws who lived in
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  • Los Gatos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,491
  • After 46 years in Los Gatos we still love every minute. Shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and all sorts of civic activity make this one of the most enjoyable places to live in northern California.
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  • Menlo Park, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,319
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  • Irvine, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 246,992
  • Irvine, with its lush landscapes, is well known for being home to one of the best University of California campuses. Compiled student and success ratings have stayed among the highest consistently.
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  • Fremont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 227,934
  • I have lived in Fremont since the 1970's, and have seen so many changes since then. If you're a young outgoing person, you will probably find Fremont painfully boring. On the other hand, it's a good
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  • Yorba Linda, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 67,362
  • This was one of the best exercises I’ve ever had. I’ve played sports and exercised a lot in my life, I even did kick boxing. That place doesn’t compare. The staff was friendly and welcoming. I wasn’t
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  • Laguna Woods, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,347
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  • Saranap, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,211
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  • Arcadia, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,755
  • I have lived in Arcadia, California for about 15 years and I can say that it is certainly a magnificent place. It is a perfect place to visit or to live in and excellent for the whole family as well. One
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  • Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,582
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  • Marina del Rey, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,782
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  • Kensington, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,602
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  • Pacific Grove, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,546
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  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 149,596
  • On my frequent trips to Silicon Valley, I always feel the urge to go somewhere new. Since, Sunnyvale is close to San Jose, I always visit my friend, an officer in US Air Force. His home is located in

California: Dreamin'

California is like a nation within a nation. If the Golden State were a separate country, its economy would be one of the top ten largest economies in the world. In fact, California’s economy is equal to that of Great Britain and larger than the economies of France, India, Italy, Brazil, and Canada. Hi-tech, agriculture, aerospace, tourism, and Hollywood are the industries that drive California’s economy. California’s diverse economy, plus its diverse geography and culture, attracts many people to move and live in this state.

California is the third largest state in the U.S. with an area of 163,707 square miles, and it’s the largest state by population with just under 40 million residents. Four of the top 15 largest cities in the U.S. by population are in California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, which provides California with the third longest coastline in the U.S. at 840 miles long. Oregon is to the north, and Nevada and Arizona are to the east. The Colorado River forms a natural border between California and Arizona, and the river is a vital source of water for Southern California and the southwest desert region. To the south, California shares an international border with Mexico.

In general, California has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, but the state has distinct climate regions. Most of Southern California has a desert or semi-arid climate with a Mediterranean climate along the coast. Northern California primarily has a Mediterranean climate with pockets of alpine and semi-arid weather. Snow falls in the mountain regions, and snow rarely falls at elevations below 2,500 feet. Most of California’s average total rainfall occurs in Northern California and in the mountain regions. California is also prone to droughts, especially in Southern California.

California is truly an international place as millions of people have come from all over the world to call the Golden State home. Almost half of all Californians speak a language other than English at home, and Spanish is the most popular language spoken. In the Los Angeles region alone, around 185 different languages are spoken. Mexican culture is prevalent throughout California, but Native American and various Asian cultures have also had an impact on California’s cultural heritage.

California offers something for everybody. Yosemite National Park, Redwood National Park, Death Valley, the beach cities, Hollywood, Disneyland, Lake Tahoe, and the Golden Gate Bridge are just some of the interesting places to visit. The state is also home to several professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer teams.

Housing and rent prices throughout California are some the highest in the nation. In fact, many of the wealthiest cities in the U.S. are in California. This doesn’t mean affordable housing can’t be found. Whether it’s Northern California or Southern California, AreaVibes can help you find the best places to live in California. You can create a customized list of the best places to live in California that meets your criteria. AreaVibes makes it easy to find your home in California.