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 37,325,068 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
1Sereno del Mar, CAPopulation: 13892A+AB+A+A+A+B
2Ladera, CAPopulation: 1,60391C+AA+A+A+A+A
3Hidden Hills, CAPopulation: 1,73288B+FA+AA+A+A
4Fairbanks Ranch, CAPopulation: 2,18288DAA+AA+A+A
5Monte Sereno, CAPopulation: 3,38388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
6Danville, CAPopulation: 42,26587A+FA+A+A+A+B+
7Rolling Hills Estates, CAPopulation: 8,07887A+FA+A+A+A+A
8San Ramon, CAPopulation: 71,21386A+FA+A+A+A+B+
9Aliso Viejo, CAPopulation: 47,91086A+FA+AAA+A
10Camino Tassajara, CAPopulation: 1,90886AFA+A+A+A+B+
11Rancho Santa Margarita, CAPopulation: 48,08186A+FA+AAA+A
12Lafayette, CAPopulation: 24,07386A+FAA+A+A+B+
13Saratoga, CAPopulation: 30,05986A+FA+A+A+A+B+
14Los Altos, CAPopulation: 29,12986A+FAA+A+A+B+
15Foster City, CAPopulation: 30,75486A+FA+AAA+A
16Orinda, CAPopulation: 17,86886A+FA+A+A+A+B
17Yorba Linda, CAPopulation: 64,69986A+FA+AAA+A
18Agoura Hills, CAPopulation: 20,43186A+FAAAA+A
19Santa Susana, CAPopulation: 1,19286A+FAA+AA+A
20Irvine, CAPopulation: 213,88086A+FA+AAA+A
21Mission Viejo, CAPopulation: 93,69986A+FA+AAA+A
22Clayton, CAPopulation: 11,02086A+FA+A+A+A+B+
23Cupertino, CAPopulation: 58,40985A+FAAA+A+B+
24Belmont, CAPopulation: 25,88785A+FAAAA+A
25San Carlos, CAPopulation: 28,45585A+FBA+A+A+A
26Newport Beach, CAPopulation: 85,32385A+FB+A+AA+A
27Hillsborough, CAPopulation: 10,87985A+FA+A+A+A+B
28San Clemente, CAPopulation: 63,18785A+FAAB+A+A
29La CaƱada Flintridge, CAPopulation: 20,30985A+FAA+A+A+B
30Piedmont, CAPopulation: 10,69985A+FBA+A+A+B
31Rancho Santa Fe, CAPopulation: 2,90885B+FA+A+A+A+A
32Palo Alto, CAPopulation: 64,51485A+FB+A+A+A+A
33Laguna Niguel, CAPopulation: 63,34285A+FAAAA+A
34Coronado, CAPopulation: 21,96885A+FAA+AA+A
35Acalanes Ridge, CAPopulation: 1,28185AFA+AA+A+B+
36Palos Verdes Estates, CAPopulation: 13,49385B+FA+A+A+A+A
37Los Gatos, CAPopulation: 29,52285A+FAA+A+A+B+
38Pleasanton, CAPopulation: 70,32985A+FAAA+A+B+
39Ross, CAPopulation: 2,12785A+FAA+A+A+B
40Manhattan Beach, CAPopulation: 35,22685A+FBA+A+A+A
41Mill Valley, CAPopulation: 13,93185A+FAA+A+A+B
42Ladera Heights, CAPopulation: 7,07285A+FAA+AA+A
43Thousand Oaks, CAPopulation: 126,57085A+FAAAA+B+
44Ladera Ranch, CAPopulation: 22,53485A+FBA+A+A+A
45Chino Hills, CAPopulation: 75,21185A+FAB+AA+A
46Hermosa Beach, CAPopulation: 19,53585A+FBA+AA+A
47Saranap, CAPopulation: 5,06485A+FAA+B+A+B+
48Atherton, CAPopulation: 6,97285A+FB+A+A+A+B
49West Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 3,95784A+FA+A+A+A+B
50Marina del Rey, CAPopulation: 9,08784A+FB+A+AA+A
51Westlake Village, CAPopulation: 8,30784A+FB+AAA+B+
52Highlands-Baywood Park, CAPopulation: 4,30684AFAA+A+A+A
53Laguna Beach, CAPopulation: 22,87384A+FBA+AA+A
54Tiburon, CAPopulation: 8,95984A+FA+A+A+A+B
55Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CAPopulation: 10,94584A+FB+A+AA+B
56Loyola, CAPopulation: 3,85684B+FA+A+A+A+B+
57Blackhawk, CAPopulation: 9,15584AFB+A+A+A+B+
58Torrance, CAPopulation: 145,44384A+FB+AB+A+A
59Corte Madera, CAPopulation: 9,26784A+FB+AAA+B
60Claremont, CAPopulation: 35,04384A+FB+AB+A+A
61Sunnyvale, CAPopulation: 141,12384A+FAAAA+B+
62Alamo, CAPopulation: 15,50484A+FB+A+A+A+B+
63Redondo Beach, CAPopulation: 66,80084A+FBAAA+A
64Kentfield, CAPopulation: 6,61684A+FAA+A+A+B
65La Palma, CAPopulation: 15,60884A+FAAB+A+A
66Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 32,12284A+FB+AAA+A
67Dublin, CAPopulation: 45,79984A+FB+B+AA+B+
68Villa Park, CAPopulation: 5,84384BFAAA+A+A
69Kensington, CAPopulation: 5,16984A+FAA+A+A+B
70Diablo, CAPopulation: 1,21184DDA+AA+A+B+
71Mission Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,10084AFA+A+B+A+B+
72Topanga, CAPopulation: 9,05584B+FB+A+A+A+A
73Simi Valley, CAPopulation: 123,94284A+FAB+B+AA
74Emerald Lake Hills, CAPopulation: 4,39184BFAA+A+A+A
75Castle Hill, CAPopulation: 1,21884BFA+A+A+A+B+
76San Anselmo, CAPopulation: 12,36384A+FB+AAA+B
77Pasatiempo, CAPopulation: 1,18384A+FA+AA+A+C
78Fremont, CAPopulation: 215,18884A+FB+B+AA+B+
79Fort Washington, CAPopulation: 43983A+FD+A+AA+A
80Encinitas, CAPopulation: 59,78283A+FBAAA+A
81Peters, CAPopulation: 52083FA+BA+AA+A
82Camarillo, CAPopulation: 64,94483A+FAAB+A+B+
83Scotts Valley, CAPopulation: 11,53283A+FB+AAA+B
84Carmel-by-the-Sea, CAPopulation: 3,75783A+FA+A+BA+B
85Carlsbad, CAPopulation: 105,09783A+FBAB+A+A
86Benicia, CAPopulation: 27,08883A+FAAB+AB+
87Lake Forest, CAPopulation: 77,60583A+FAAAA+A
88Dana Point, CAPopulation: 33,59683A+FBAB+A+A
89Cypress, CAPopulation: 47,98683A+FB+AB+A+A
90Santa Clarita, CAPopulation: 175,92283A+FAB+B+AA
91Walnut Creek, CAPopulation: 64,51583A+FBA+B+A+B+
92Walnut, CAPopulation: 29,43183A+FAAAA+A
93Huntington Beach, CAPopulation: 191,40383A+FBAB+A+A
94Moorpark, CAPopulation: 34,47383A+FAB+AA+B+
95South Pasadena, CAPopulation: 25,60383A+FB+AB+A+B
96Bell Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,15883FFA+A+A+A+A
97Sierra Madre, CAPopulation: 10,93983A+FAA+AA+B
98La Verne, CAPopulation: 31,18883A+FB+AB+AA
99Fairfax, CAPopulation: 7,44683A+FB+A+AA+B
100Loma Mar, CAPopulation: 8483FAB+A+AA+A
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