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Best Places To Live In California 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • 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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  • Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,582
  • I have relatives that have lived in Palos Verdes Estates for a long time and have visited the city often and know it very well. This is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in California, perfect for
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  • Los Altos Hills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,376
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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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  • Kensington, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,602
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  • Hillsborough, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,312
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  • Solana Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,312
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  • Rolling Hills Estates, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,206
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  • Danville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,758
  • I lived in Danville California for the better part of my childhood, and I still travel there to visit my parents and grandparents during holidays. The city is a very calm place, and in my opinion a great
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  • La Cañada Flintridge, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,477
  • La Canada Flintridge is a city full of quality life. It is a place that offers quality for families with children at home. La Canada Flintridge has been known for having the best school districts in
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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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  • Saratoga, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,830
  • I grew up in Saratoga. Unlike many of the people I grew up with, I stayed. There is definitely a bit of a sleepy small town feeling here, but I personally find it enchanting. I delight in seeing the main
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  • Tiburon, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,170
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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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  • Manhattan Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,573
  • After living in and around Manhattan Beach for nearly a decade, I think that this beach city is filled with great things to do at all times of the year. The neighborhood features great restaurants and
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  • Atherton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,127
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  • Ladera Ranch, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,121
  • Ladera Ranch is the kind of place that you see on television shows and movies. It’s a small suburb of Los Angeles that tends to cater to families. While there are plenty of single people who live here,
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  • Kentfield, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,907
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  • Montecito, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,193
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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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  • Strawberry, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,689
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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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  • Belmont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,918
  • I live in Belmont, CA and I really enjoy this progressive city. Home to Oracle, many residents of Belmont work there. Belmont has great parks and one of the few surviving buildings of from the
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  • Rossmoor, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,933
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  • Corte Madera, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,694
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  • Lafayette, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,381
  • Lafayette is an incredible small city across the bay from San Francisco. It is tucked in between many small parks that are very fun to spend time in, no matter what time of year it is. The Lafayette
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  • Orinda, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,936
  • I have been living here in Orinda, CA going on 10 years now and I love it here. Orinda is probably one of the best places to live, in my opinion. It's a happy friendly place with lots of good people and
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  • Westlake Village, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,443
  • My family moved to Westlake a couple years ago, and some of my extended family a few years prior to that. Having come from Santa Clarita (about 35 minutes northeast) this was a major improvement in
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  • Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 42,412
  • For your Rancho Palos Verdes Real Estate needs visit www.SouthBay4Sale.com From the beautiful coastlines, Trump Golf Course, to Terranea Resort Rancho Palos Verdes how so much to see and do. he
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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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  • San Marino, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,324
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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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  • Las Flores, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,671
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  • Piedmont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,201
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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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  • Hermosa Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,726
  • I absolutely love almost everything about the beach city of Hermosa Beach. There are dozens of fantastic restaurants, with great attractions and opportunities to have a great time. This city is a family
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  • Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,605
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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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  • San Carlos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,596
  • San Carlos is a small town - but it’s a nice one. There isn’t much going on when it comes to nightlife, which is why you’d need to head into San Francisco if you wanted anything to do with that (and
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  • Larkspur, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,268
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  • Seal Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,510
  • Seal Beach is full of fun and engaging activities, as well as relaxing attractions that can make a day in the city one to remember. Seal Beach food tours are a wonderful way to experience the
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mountain View, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 78,827
  • Living in Mountain View is absolutely incredible thanks to its central location in California as well as being home to America's bright technological future. As a software engineer, I am passionate about
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  • Saranap, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,211
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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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  • 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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  • North Tustin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,208
  • North Tustin has become very expensive to live especially the rising taxes. We have a lot to offer, but most businesses in the area raise their prices because we are considered an upscale suburb. I work

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.