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
1Monte Sereno, CAPopulation: 3,38388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
2Danville, CAPopulation: 42,26587A+FA+A+A+A+B+
3Rolling Hills Estates, CAPopulation: 8,07887A+FA+A+A+A+A
4Aliso Viejo, CAPopulation: 47,91086A+FA+AAA+A
5San Ramon, CAPopulation: 71,21386A+FA+A+A+A+B+
6Camino Tassajara, CAPopulation: 1,90886AFA+A+A+A+B+
7Rancho Santa Margarita, CAPopulation: 48,08186A+FA+AAA+A
8Saratoga, CAPopulation: 30,05986A+FA+A+A+A+B+
9Los Altos, CAPopulation: 29,12986A+FAA+A+A+B+
10Lafayette, CAPopulation: 24,07386A+FAA+A+A+B+
11Foster City, CAPopulation: 30,75486A+FA+AAA+A
12Orinda, CAPopulation: 17,86886A+FA+A+A+A+B
13Yorba Linda, CAPopulation: 64,69986A+FA+AAA+A
14Agoura Hills, CAPopulation: 20,43186A+FAAAA+A
15Santa Susana, CAPopulation: 1,19286A+FAA+AA+A
16Irvine, CAPopulation: 213,88086A+FA+AAA+A
17Mission Viejo, CAPopulation: 93,69986A+FA+AAA+A
18Clayton, CAPopulation: 11,02085A+FA+A+A+A+B+
19Cupertino, CAPopulation: 58,40985A+FAAA+A+B+
20Newport Beach, CAPopulation: 85,32385A+FB+A+AA+A
21Belmont, CAPopulation: 25,88785A+FAAAA+A
22Hillsborough, CAPopulation: 10,87985A+FA+A+A+A+B
23San Clemente, CAPopulation: 63,18785A+FAAB+A+A
24San Carlos, CAPopulation: 28,45585A+FBA+A+A+A
25La CaƱada Flintridge, CAPopulation: 20,30985A+FAA+A+A+B
26Piedmont, CAPopulation: 10,69985A+FBA+A+A+B
27Rancho Santa Fe, CAPopulation: 2,90885B+FA+A+A+A+A
28Palo Alto, CAPopulation: 64,51485A+FB+A+A+A+A
29Sereno del Mar, CAPopulation: 13885A+FB+A+A+A+B
30Laguna Niguel, CAPopulation: 63,34285A+FAAAA+A
31Coronado, CAPopulation: 21,96885A+FAA+AA+A
32Pleasanton, CAPopulation: 70,32985A+FAAA+A+B+
33Palos Verdes Estates, CAPopulation: 13,49385B+FA+A+A+A+A
34Los Gatos, CAPopulation: 29,52285A+FAA+A+A+B+
35Acalanes Ridge, CAPopulation: 1,28185AFA+AA+A+B+
36Ross, CAPopulation: 2,12785A+FAA+A+A+B
37Manhattan Beach, CAPopulation: 35,22685A+FBA+A+A+A
38Ladera Heights, CAPopulation: 7,07285A+FAA+AA+A
39Mill Valley, CAPopulation: 13,93185A+FAA+A+A+B
40Hidden Hills, CAPopulation: 1,73285B+FA+AA+A+A
41Ladera Ranch, CAPopulation: 22,53485A+FBA+A+A+A
42Thousand Oaks, CAPopulation: 126,57085A+FAAAA+B+
43Chino Hills, CAPopulation: 75,21185A+FAB+AA+A
44Hermosa Beach, CAPopulation: 19,53585A+FBA+AA+A
45Atherton, CAPopulation: 6,97284A+FB+A+A+A+B
46West Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 3,95784A+FA+A+A+A+B
47Saranap, CAPopulation: 5,06484A+FAA+B+A+B+
48Marina del Rey, CAPopulation: 9,08784A+FB+A+AA+A
49Westlake Village, CAPopulation: 8,30784A+FB+AAA+B+
50Laguna Beach, CAPopulation: 22,87384A+FBA+AA+A
51Highlands-Baywood Park, CAPopulation: 4,30684AFAA+A+A+A
52Tiburon, CAPopulation: 8,95984A+FA+A+A+A+B
53Loyola, CAPopulation: 3,85684B+FA+A+A+A+B+
54Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CAPopulation: 10,94584A+FB+A+AA+B
55Blackhawk, CAPopulation: 9,15584AFB+A+A+A+B+
56Torrance, CAPopulation: 145,44384A+FB+AB+A+A
57Ladera, CAPopulation: 1,60384C+FA+A+A+A+A
58Claremont, CAPopulation: 35,04384A+FB+AB+A+A
59Redondo Beach, CAPopulation: 66,80084A+FBAAA+A
60Corte Madera, CAPopulation: 9,26784A+FB+AAA+B
61Sunnyvale, CAPopulation: 141,12384A+FAAAA+B+
62Alamo, CAPopulation: 15,50484A+FB+A+A+A+B+
63Kentfield, CAPopulation: 6,61684A+FAA+A+A+B
64La Palma, CAPopulation: 15,60884A+FAAB+A+A
65Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 32,12284A+FB+AAA+A
66Villa Park, CAPopulation: 5,84384BFAAA+A+A
67Dublin, CAPopulation: 45,79984A+FB+B+AA+B+
68Mission Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,10084AFA+A+B+A+B+
69Kensington, CAPopulation: 5,16984A+FAA+A+A+B
70Topanga, CAPopulation: 9,05584B+FB+A+A+A+A
71Simi Valley, CAPopulation: 123,94284A+FAB+B+AA
72Emerald Lake Hills, CAPopulation: 4,39184BFAA+A+A+A
73Pasatiempo, CAPopulation: 1,18384A+FA+AA+A+C
74Castle Hill, CAPopulation: 1,21883BFA+A+A+A+B+
75San Anselmo, CAPopulation: 12,36383A+FB+AAA+B
76Carmel-by-the-Sea, CAPopulation: 3,75783A+FA+A+BA+B
77Fremont, CAPopulation: 215,18883A+FB+B+AA+B+
78Camarillo, CAPopulation: 64,94483A+FAAB+A+B+
79Encinitas, CAPopulation: 59,78283A+FBAAA+A
80Scotts Valley, CAPopulation: 11,53283A+FB+AAA+B
81Carlsbad, CAPopulation: 105,09783A+FBAB+A+A
82Dana Point, CAPopulation: 33,59683A+FBAB+A+A
83Lake Forest, CAPopulation: 77,60583A+FAAAA+A
84Cypress, CAPopulation: 47,98683A+FB+AB+A+A
85Benicia, CAPopulation: 27,08883A+FAAB+AB+
86Santa Clarita, CAPopulation: 175,92283A+FAB+B+AA
87Walnut, CAPopulation: 29,43183A+FAAAA+A
88Walnut Creek, CAPopulation: 64,51583A+FBA+B+A+B+
89Huntington Beach, CAPopulation: 191,40383A+FBAB+A+A
90South Pasadena, CAPopulation: 25,60383A+FB+AB+A+B
91Moorpark, CAPopulation: 34,47383A+FAB+AA+B+
92Sierra Madre, CAPopulation: 10,93983A+FAA+AA+B
93La Verne, CAPopulation: 31,18883A+FB+AB+AA
94Rancho Palos Verdes, CAPopulation: 41,79383C+FAA+A+A+A
95Fairfax, CAPopulation: 7,44683A+FB+A+AA+B
96Moraga, CAPopulation: 16,16783BFA+A+A+A+B
97Larkspur, CAPopulation: 11,95283A+FB+A+B+A+B
98Rio del Mar, CAPopulation: 8,99383A+FB+A+AA+B
99Folsom, CAPopulation: 71,67583A+FB+B+AAB+
100Fruitdale, CAPopulation: 1,05283A+FA+BBA+B+
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