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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In California 2020

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  • Bret Harte, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,315
47
  • Calipatria, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,511
38
  • Dos Palos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,103
  • I have lived here for 9 long years. Initially we moved here to save money. We are looking forward to moving in a couple years. It's very hard to think of any positives about this town. The negatives:…[read more]
47
  • 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.…[read more]
56
  • Firebaugh, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,176
61
  • 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…[read more]
52
  • 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…[read more]
73
  • Twentynine Palms, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,848
  • Dui, sex offenders druggies California sends all rapist violent offenders to desert hot springs through twentynine palms this state forces desert hot springs and twentynine palms to take Californias…[read more]
45
  • West Modesto, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,274
52
  • Keyes, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,338
50
  • Barstow, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,438
  • I love Route 66 and I try to ride it every year. I've been visiting Barstow every summer for the past 15 years on my way to Route 66. The town was never wealthy, but it was at least safe, relatively…[read more]
47
  • Homeland, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,628
51
  • Franklin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,586
56
  • Holtville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,230
47
  • 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…[read more]
63
  • Gustine, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,684
52
  • August, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,781
61
  • 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…[read more]
63
  • Chowchilla, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,195
  • First off, I gotta say I've lived in Chowchilla for around a year so far. I think the city is nice, even if I expected more out of the experience. I know being so close to Clovis is okay, but I don't…[read more]
47
  • Lucerne Valley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,263
52
  • Salton City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,217
  • It is very hot here during the summer. It easily reaches 110+ degrees for several months. There is no public transportation and most of the jobs are a 40 minute drive or longer. It is a small town and a…[read more]
70
  • Atwater, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,906
  • Being a Resident of Merced County now has allowed me to know Atwater, CA. I must saw its a great little town! It is not a huge city that has night clubs or big attractions like a city does. If you are…[read more]
62
  • 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…[read more]
50
  • Delhi, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,968
  • Living in Delhi, CA is similar to living in the past. The economy has little to no growth. Employment is at an all-time low; in addition, the jobs in Delhi are mainly agriculturally focused. The pace of…[read more]
54
  • Yreka, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,598
60
  • Merced, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 81,461
  • I got to visit Merced, California while attending an old friends wedding. They have a great little concession stand with great prices and variety. The people in Merced were so nice there I had to mention…[read more]
56
  • Joshua Tree, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,943
63
  • Waterford, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,708
57
  • Madera, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 63,398
  • You do not ever want to move to this town. Not only is the police department corrupt. But the court system will back them. The worst town to live in California. Is madera…[read more]
59
  • Newman, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,808
  • Newman is an average urban town in northern California, just to the east of the Interstate-5 freeway. This is a very average town that doesn't really stand out in comparison to other big name towns on…[read more]
42
  • Mecca, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,863
50
  • Cutler, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,175
60
  • 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…[read more]
63
  • Livingston, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,703
  • If you'll be in the Livingston area soon, there are plenty of things that you and your loved ones can do to make the trip more exciting. There are several great places to eat in the area, such as…[read more]
56
  • Crescent City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,965
  • First the good things: gorgeous here. Beautiful beaches, redwoods, campgrounds here. Well worth a visit at least! Mild coastal climate. Summers 65/55 winters 50/40. Quite rainy, got 96 in 3 years ago.…[read more]
64
  • Kerman, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,424
  • I really enjoy living in Kerman, CA. I have lived in the town a little over five years. It is such a cute town. The people that live around here are very nice. Everyone knows each other but they mind…[read more]
58
  • 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,…[read more]
51
  • California City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,360
  • I agree with the one other reviewer on this website, do not move here! There is a reason for the low rents and lower real estate prices. The element of people who live here is scary and the amount of…[read more]
33
  • 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…[read more]
51
  • 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…[read more]
58
  • Fresno, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 513,807
  • May I add that the air quality is not the best. My mom has a hard time breathing in this Fresno air and every time we visit another city (also any other reason why I would go out of the house & why I'm…[read more]
43
  • Valle Vista, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,244
  • Living in Valle Vista, CA was an incredible experience for me and my family. It was definitely different that what we are use to. We lived here for a short period, but got to experience a lot here. There…[read more]
51
  • 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…[read more]
44
  • Garnet, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,297
52
  • Earlimart, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,677
61
  • Ceres, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,231
  • Seven years ago I lived in Ceres, California. I absolutely loved it! I currently live in New York because of a job relocation but I am trying to make plans to go back there some day with my family. What…[read more]
57
  • Woodlake, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,567
53
  • Corcoran, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,917
  • Corcoran isn't the best place to walk alone at night due to nothing but crack heads and perverts. There is hardly no stores to shop for clothes and we have 3 burger places that all taste the…[read more]
42
  • Huron, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,821
65
  • Los Banos, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,012
  • Living in Los Banos has been enjoyable for the few years I've been here so far. What really attracted me to the city is all the parks. Not just the small parks throughout the city, but how close it is to…[read more]

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.