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: 1,73288B+FA+AA+A+A
2Monte Sereno, CAPopulation: 3,38388A+FA+A+A+A+B+
3Danville, CAPopulation: 42,26587A+FA+A+A+A+B+
4Rolling Hills Estates, CAPopulation: 8,07887A+FA+A+A+A+A
5San Ramon, CAPopulation: 71,21386A+FA+A+A+A+B+
6Aliso Viejo, CAPopulation: 47,91086A+FA+AAA+A
7Camino Tassajara, CAPopulation: 1,90886AFA+A+A+A+B+
8Sereno del Mar, CAPopulation: 13886A+FB+A+A+A+B
9Rancho Santa Margarita, CAPopulation: 48,08186A+FA+AAA+A
10Saratoga, CAPopulation: 30,05986A+FA+A+A+A+B+
11Lafayette, CAPopulation: 24,07386A+FAA+A+A+B+
12Los Altos, CAPopulation: 29,12986A+FAA+A+A+B+
13Foster City, CAPopulation: 30,75486A+FA+AAA+A
14Orinda, CAPopulation: 17,86886A+FA+A+A+A+B
15Yorba Linda, CAPopulation: 64,69986A+FA+AAA+A
16Agoura Hills, CAPopulation: 20,43186A+FAAAA+A
17Santa Susana, CAPopulation: 1,19286A+FAA+AA+A
18Irvine, CAPopulation: 213,88086A+FA+AAA+A
19Ladera, CAPopulation: 1,60386C+FA+A+A+A+A
20Clayton, CAPopulation: 11,02086A+FA+A+A+A+B+
21Mission Viejo, CAPopulation: 93,69986A+FA+AAA+A
22Cupertino, CAPopulation: 58,40985A+FAAA+A+B+
23Belmont, CAPopulation: 25,88785A+FAAAA+A
24Newport Beach, CAPopulation: 85,32385A+FB+A+AA+A
25Hillsborough, CAPopulation: 10,87985A+FA+A+A+A+B
26San Carlos, CAPopulation: 28,45585A+FBA+A+A+A
27San Clemente, CAPopulation: 63,18785A+FAAB+A+A
28La CaƱada Flintridge, CAPopulation: 20,30985A+FAA+A+A+B
29Rancho Santa Fe, CAPopulation: 2,90885B+FA+A+A+A+A
30Palo Alto, CAPopulation: 64,51485A+FB+A+A+A+A
31Piedmont, CAPopulation: 10,69985A+FBA+A+A+B
32Laguna Niguel, CAPopulation: 63,34285A+FAAAA+A
33Coronado, CAPopulation: 21,96885A+FAA+AA+A
34Palos Verdes Estates, CAPopulation: 13,49385B+FA+A+A+A+A
35Pleasanton, CAPopulation: 70,32985A+FAAA+A+B+
36Acalanes Ridge, CAPopulation: 1,28185AFA+AA+A+B+
37Ross, CAPopulation: 2,12785A+FAA+A+A+B
38Los Gatos, CAPopulation: 29,52285A+FAA+A+A+B+
39Manhattan Beach, CAPopulation: 35,22685A+FBA+A+A+A
40Mill Valley, CAPopulation: 13,93185A+FAA+A+A+B
41Ladera Heights, CAPopulation: 7,07285A+FAA+AA+A
42Ladera Ranch, CAPopulation: 22,53485A+FBA+A+A+A
43Chino Hills, CAPopulation: 75,21185A+FAB+AA+A
44Thousand Oaks, CAPopulation: 126,57085A+FAAAA+B+
45Saranap, CAPopulation: 5,06485A+FAA+B+A+B+
46Hermosa Beach, CAPopulation: 19,53585A+FBA+AA+A
47Atherton, CAPopulation: 6,97285A+FB+A+A+A+B
48West Menlo Park, CAPopulation: 3,95784A+FA+A+A+A+B
49Marina del Rey, CAPopulation: 9,08784A+FB+A+AA+A
50Westlake Village, CAPopulation: 8,30784A+FB+AAA+B+
51Highlands-Baywood Park, CAPopulation: 4,30684AFAA+A+A+A
52Laguna Beach, CAPopulation: 22,87384A+FBA+AA+A
53Tiburon, CAPopulation: 8,95984A+FA+A+A+A+B
54Loyola, CAPopulation: 3,85684B+FA+A+A+A+B+
55Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CAPopulation: 10,94584A+FB+A+AA+B
56Blackhawk, CAPopulation: 9,15584AFB+A+A+A+B+
57Torrance, CAPopulation: 145,44384A+FB+AB+A+A
58Claremont, CAPopulation: 35,04384A+FB+AB+A+A
59Sunnyvale, CAPopulation: 141,12384A+FAAAA+B+
60Redondo Beach, CAPopulation: 66,80084A+FBAAA+A
61Alamo, CAPopulation: 15,50484A+FB+A+A+A+B+
62Corte Madera, CAPopulation: 9,26784A+FB+AAA+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
66Dublin, CAPopulation: 45,79984A+FB+B+AA+B+
67Villa Park, CAPopulation: 5,84384BFAAA+A+A
68Kensington, CAPopulation: 5,16984A+FAA+A+A+B
69Mission Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,10084AFA+A+B+A+B+
70Topanga, CAPopulation: 9,05584B+FB+A+A+A+A
71Simi Valley, CAPopulation: 123,94284A+FAB+B+AA
72Diablo, CAPopulation: 1,21184DFA+AA+A+B+
73Emerald Lake Hills, CAPopulation: 4,39184BFAA+A+A+A
74Castle Hill, CAPopulation: 1,21884BFA+A+A+A+B+
75Pasatiempo, CAPopulation: 1,18384A+FA+AA+A+C
76San Anselmo, CAPopulation: 12,36384A+FB+AAA+B
77Fremont, CAPopulation: 215,18884A+FB+B+AA+B+
78Fort Washington, CAPopulation: 43983A+CD+A+AA+A
79Encinitas, CAPopulation: 59,78283A+FBAAA+A
80Scotts Valley, CAPopulation: 11,53283A+FB+AAA+B
81Camarillo, CAPopulation: 64,94483A+FAAB+A+B+
82Carmel-by-the-Sea, CAPopulation: 3,75783A+FA+A+BA+B
83Carlsbad, CAPopulation: 105,09783A+FBAB+A+A
84Benicia, CAPopulation: 27,08883A+FAAB+AB+
85Dana Point, CAPopulation: 33,59683A+FBAB+A+A
86Lake Forest, CAPopulation: 77,60583A+FAAAA+A
87Cypress, CAPopulation: 47,98683A+FB+AB+A+A
88Santa Clarita, CAPopulation: 175,92283A+FAB+B+AA
89Walnut, CAPopulation: 29,43183A+FAAAA+A
90Walnut Creek, CAPopulation: 64,51583A+FBA+B+A+B+
91Huntington Beach, CAPopulation: 191,40383A+FBAB+A+A
92Moorpark, CAPopulation: 34,47383A+FAB+AA+B+
93South Pasadena, CAPopulation: 25,60383A+FB+AB+A+B
94Bell Canyon, CAPopulation: 2,15883FFA+A+A+A+A
95Fairfax, CAPopulation: 7,44683A+FB+A+AA+B
96La Verne, CAPopulation: 31,18883A+FB+AB+AA
97Sierra Madre, CAPopulation: 10,93983A+FAA+AA+B
98Moraga, CAPopulation: 16,16783BFA+A+A+A+B
99Folsom, CAPopulation: 71,67583A+FB+B+AAB+
100Norris Canyon, CAPopulation: 1,01383DFA+A+A+A+B+
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