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
2Rolling Hills Estates, CAPopulation: 8,07889A+FA+A+A+A+A
3San Miguel, CAPopulation: 3,22389A+FA+A+A+A+B+
4Lafayette, CAPopulation: 24,07388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
5Monte Sereno, CAPopulation: 3,38388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
6Sereno del Mar, CAPopulation: 13888A+FA+A+A+A+B
7Agoura Hills, CAPopulation: 20,43188A+FA+AAA+A
8Santa Susana, CAPopulation: 1,19288A+FA+A+AA+A
9Camino Tassajara, CAPopulation: 1,90888AFA+A+A+A+B+
10Aliso Viejo, CAPopulation: 47,91087A+FA+AAA+A
11Irvine, CAPopulation: 213,88087A+FA+AAA+A
12Los Altos, CAPopulation: 29,12987A+FA+A+A+A+B+
13Laguna Niguel, CAPopulation: 63,34287A+FA+AAA+A
14Belmont, CAPopulation: 25,88787A+FA+AAA+A
15Rancho Santa Margarita, CAPopulation: 48,08187A+FA+AAA+A
16Cupertino, CAPopulation: 58,40987A+FA+AA+A+B+
17Ross, CAPopulation: 2,12787A+FA+A+A+A+B
18Thousand Oaks, CAPopulation: 126,57087A+FA+AAA+B+
19San Clemente, CAPopulation: 63,18787A+FA+AB+A+A
20Rancho Palos Verdes, CAPopulation: 41,79387AFA+A+A+A+A
21San Ramon, CAPopulation: 71,21387A+FA+A+A+A+B+
22Pleasanton, CAPopulation: 70,32987A+FA+AA+A+B+
23San Carlos, CAPopulation: 28,45587A+FA+A+A+A+A
24Ladera, CAPopulation: 1,60387C+FA+A+A+A+A
25Orinda, CAPopulation: 17,86887AFA+A+A+A+B
26Kensington, CAPopulation: 5,16987A+FA+A+A+A+B
27Mill Valley, CAPopulation: 13,93187A+FA+A+A+A+B
28Foster City, CAPopulation: 30,75487A+FA+AAA+A
29Saranap, CAPopulation: 5,06487A+FA+A+B+A+B+
30Ladera Heights, CAPopulation: 7,07287A+FA+A+AA+A
31La CaƱada Flintridge, CAPopulation: 20,30987A+FA+A+A+A+B
32Newport Beach, CAPopulation: 85,32387A+FA+A+AA+A
33Marina del Rey, CAPopulation: 9,08787A+FA+A+AA+A
34Palo Alto, CAPopulation: 64,51486A+FA+A+A+A+A
35San Anselmo, CAPopulation: 12,36386A+FA+AAA+B
36Atherton, CAPopulation: 6,97286A+FA+A+A+A+B
37Torrance, CAPopulation: 145,44386A+FA+AB+A+A
38Westlake Village, CAPopulation: 8,30786A+FA+AAA+B+
39Corte Madera, CAPopulation: 9,26786A+FA+AAA+B
40Manhattan Beach, CAPopulation: 35,22686A+FAA+A+A+A
41Acalanes Ridge, CAPopulation: 1,28186AFA+AA+A+B+
42Rossmoor, CAPopulation: 10,29486A+FA+A+AA+A
43Saratoga, CAPopulation: 30,05986AFA+A+A+A+B+
44Piedmont, CAPopulation: 10,69986A+FAA+A+A+B
45Sunnyvale, CAPopulation: 141,12386A+FA+AAA+B+
46Kentfield, CAPopulation: 6,61686A+FA+A+A+A+B
47South Pasadena, CAPopulation: 25,60386A+FA+AB+A+B
48Los Gatos, CAPopulation: 29,52286A+FA+A+A+A+B+
49Camarillo, CAPopulation: 64,94486A+FA+AB+A+B+
50Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CAPopulation: 10,94586A+FA+A+AA+B
51Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 32,12286A+FA+AAA+A
52Highlands-Baywood Park, CAPopulation: 4,30686B+FA+A+A+A+A
53Topanga, CAPopulation: 9,05586B+FA+A+A+A+A
54Folsom, CAPopulation: 71,67585A+FA+B+AAB+
55Villa Park, CAPopulation: 5,84385C+FA+AA+A+A
56Fremont, CAPopulation: 215,18885A+FA+B+AA+B+
57Yorba Linda, CAPopulation: 64,69985BFA+AAA+A
58Dublin, CAPopulation: 45,79985A+FA+B+AA+B+
59Cypress, CAPopulation: 47,98685A+FA+AB+A+A
60Lake Forest, CAPopulation: 77,60585A+FA+AAA+A
61Mission Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,10085AFA+A+B+A+B+
62Larkspur, CAPopulation: 11,95285A+FA+A+B+A+B
63Diablo, CAPopulation: 1,21185DFA+AA+A+B+
64Coronado, CAPopulation: 21,96885A+FAA+AA+A
65Moorpark, CAPopulation: 34,47385A+FA+B+AA+B+
66Chino Hills, CAPopulation: 75,21185AFA+B+AA+A
67Simi Valley, CAPopulation: 123,94285A+FA+B+B+AA
68Dana Point, CAPopulation: 33,59685A+FA+AB+A+A
69Castle Hill, CAPopulation: 1,21885BFA+A+A+A+B+
70Moraga, CAPopulation: 16,16785B+FA+A+A+A+B
71Redondo Beach, CAPopulation: 66,80085A+FB+AAA+A
72Pasatiempo, CAPopulation: 1,18385A+FA+AA+A+C
73Claremont, CAPopulation: 35,04385A+FA+AB+A+A
74Contra Costa Centre, CAPopulation: 5,54785A+FA+A+B+A+B+
75La Palma, CAPopulation: 15,60885A+FA+AB+A+A
76West Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 3,95785B+FA+A+A+A+B
77Strawberry, CAPopulation: 5,78285A+FA+A+B+A+B
78Laguna Beach, CAPopulation: 22,87385A+FB+A+AA+A
79Alamo, CAPopulation: 15,50484B+FA+A+A+A+B+
80Fairfax, CAPopulation: 7,44684AFA+A+AA+B
81Poway, CAPopulation: 48,11384A+FA+AAA+B+
82Palos Verdes Estates, CAPopulation: 13,49384CFA+A+A+A+A
83Solana Beach, CAPopulation: 12,93184A+FAAB+A+A
84Bell Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,15884FFA+A+A+A+A
85Rancho Santa Fe, CAPopulation: 2,90884CFA+A+A+A+A
86Shell Ridge, CAPopulation: 88284C+FA+A+A+A+B+
87Rose Hills, CAPopulation: 3,11684B+FA+AAA+A
88Pacifica, CAPopulation: 37,41384AFA+AAA+B
89Laguna Hills, CAPopulation: 30,55684A+FA+B+B+A+A
90El Granada, CAPopulation: 4,90784AFA+A+AA+B
91Sierra Madre, CAPopulation: 10,93984AFA+A+AA+B
92San Marino, CAPopulation: 13,17284AFA+A+A+A+B
93San Juan Capistrano, CAPopulation: 34,73684A+FA+BB+A+A
94Davis, CAPopulation: 65,61684A+FA+ABA+B+
95Norris Canyon, CAPopulation: 1,01384DFA+A+A+A+B+
96Pacific Grove, CAPopulation: 15,10284A+FA+ABA+B
97Fruitdale, CAPopulation: 1,05284A+FA+BBA+B+
98Loyola, CAPopulation: 3,85684C+FA+A+A+A+B+
99Murrieta, CAPopulation: 102,34584A+DA+B+B+B+A
100Mission Viejo, CAPopulation: 93,69984BFA+AAA+A
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