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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In California 2018

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  • Calipatria, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,511
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  • Blythe, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,675
  • Blythe, CA has so many fascinating things to see and do, whether you're a resident or you're coming for a visit. The Colorado River is a beautiful natural attraction and is a great place to go white
73
  • Twentynine Palms, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,848
  • My son was stationed and living in the city of Twenty-nine Palms, in 2009. During the holidays my family and I went down Cali to visit him on theMilitary base. We traveled to the Marine Corps Air Ground
54
  • Bret Harte, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,315
50
  • Clearlake, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,070
  • Personally I am from the Bay Area, California and I am use to be a city person. I stayed out here for a short period of time and thought that his location was great for a vacation only. I definitely
62
  • Holtville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,230
51
  • Dos Palos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,103
  • first off the average temp in august in not 78 its more like 101 amenities there are non. cost of living is kind of high for such a horrible place you can never judge a town of a web
64
  • Brawley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,776
  • I lived in Brawley briefly and in all honesty, it was a forgettable city that I definitely won't miss living in. It's far inland and due east from San Diego so there isn't much to do there unless you
58
  • August, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,781
52
  • Salton City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,217
56
  • Cutler, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,175
51
  • Mendota, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,394
  • I was a resident of Mendota, CA for 2 years. It is a quiet town, with a historic, small town feel. Started as a facility sight and station for Southern Pacific Railroad, this city remains rural and open.
65
  • Firebaugh, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,176
65
  • El Centro, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,699
  • I moved from El Centro, CA to San Diego three years ago and never looked back. This town is well named, because it is in the middle of the desert. We are closer to Arizona than the populated coasts of
60
  • Barstow, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,438
  • Barstow has really gone straight down the tubes. This town once had so much potential. Now it is a section 8, welfare, crime infested pool of poverty. It is very hard to do business in this
53
  • Homeland, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,628
50
  • Mecca, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,863
55
  • California City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,360
  • If I could give it negative stars I would. Worst place I have ever lived..we moved away as fast as we could, a year was far too long. The highest crime rate I have ever been in, daily break ins,
64
  • Calexico, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,750
  • Calexico, California is a small little city that I've learned to love over the years, Calexico's city limits are on the border of Mexico, about 120 miles from San Diego. Although Calexico is not what you
54
  • Lamont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,439
  • Living in Lamont, CA for a short time allowed me to learn a lot about the Latino culture. I am not sure what it is about this city, but there are a great deal of ethnic backgrounds, which I totally
59
  • Crescent City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,965
  • Gears towards retirees and the poor. More investment in the poor than in the children. Average pay here doesn’t even allow you to buy a home that fits your family. Unless your already made or going no
48
  • Earlimart, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,677
57
  • Winton, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,309
  • If there were a single nice thing to be said about living in Winton, California I would have been able to say it, considering that I have lived here for 21 years. Sadly, there's nothing to give a
62
  • Woodlake, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,567
65
  • Corcoran, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,917
  • Corcoran is the worst place to live. This town lives on lies and gossip. People here will literally create lies out of thin air about people they have never met and dont know. Their children are even
51
  • Huron, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,821
45
  • Lemon Hill, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,575
  • I just gotta say that living in Lemon Hill, CA might be great in about 20 years or so. There is absolutely nothing here worth looking at besides land and roads. If you are ever in the area, there is
51
  • West Modesto, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,274
62
  • Avenal, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,590
  • Living in Avenal, CA was one of the most exciting experiences I had. I got to do a lot and see a lot here. What I loved about this city was that it was close to the Bay Area, CA and also to L.A. This was
58
  • Lindsay, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,052
  • Living in Lindsay, CA was a very interesting time for me and my family. This city has a lot of farming and agriculture going on. It is very isolated from other cities. In fact, there is hardly any city
53
  • Lucerne Valley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,263
57
  • Keyes, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,338
57
  • Orange Cove, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,566
58
  • Yreka, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,598
56
  • Garden Acres, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,209
  • I have lived in garden acres for my entire life, and I can say that living in Garden Acres is the best experience. Despite the fact that it is growing, this town hosts the most incredible restaurants,
52
  • Arvin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,562
  • I had been living in Arvin California for a while and it is honestly not worth the cost. It is unrealistic to live in a city that has nothing to offer its community. Arvin is definitely not for someone
55
  • Parlier, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,953
  • If I could move from here, I would. I don't knock a place for trying or a person for that matter, but sometimes I wonder about the state of affairs living here in Parlier, CA. I have tried many times to
59
  • Farmersville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,699
  • The local government has been working on improving the overall ambiance of Farmersville, Ca and with much success! I've noticed the crime rate drop over time while maintaining a small-town feel to it's
62
  • Joshua Tree, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,943
55
  • Red Bluff, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,065
  • Living in Red Bluff, CA was very interesting for me. I thought that this city was very quiet and peaceful. Since it is near Sacramento, there is possibility for employment. After all, Sacramento is the
47
  • East Porterville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,460
55
  • Franklin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,586
62
  • Oildale, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,277
  • If you're planning a trip to Olidale or have just moved to the area and are looking for things to do, you're in luck. This town has lots of beaches that are perfect for a relaxing day, and there are lots
53
  • Orosi, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,711
57
  • Gustine, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,684
59
  • Oroville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,884
  • Oroville is a small town with an interesting history. It was established during the Gold Rush. It's a laid-back place that you'll love if you're into outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. We're
54
  • Corning, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,548
62
  • Marysville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,176
  • Living in Marysville, CA was very interesting for my family and I. We encountered many exciting but very dangerous situations. There are many neighborhoods and newly built homes and there are also very
52
  • Susanville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,555
  • No transportation services for Black people not in with the police. Even if you're not Black and in with the police, never call "The Bergs" or Mt Lassen transportation services. Actually I'm a Black
51
  • Olivehurst, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,755
  • Living in Olivehurst, CA was one of my favorite cities to live in. It is very peaceful and not as fast moving as the city I was born in, in San Jose, CA the heart of the Silicon Valley. There is plenty

Finding an affordable place to live in California is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in California that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in California. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of California.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in California with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in California, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in California, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.