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Places With The Best Education System In California 2018

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  • 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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  • 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
84
  • Hillsborough, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,312
  • I’ve lived in Hillsborough for 10 years. The cost of living is extremely expensive in Hillsbourough, but the low crime rates and safe neighborhoods make it well worth it in my mind. The weather is
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  • Piedmont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,201
  • Living in the city of Piedmont is an amazing, yet expensive experience. When I lived in Piedmont, there was never a dull day. This city is full of life and excitement. There is always somewhere to go
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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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  • Los Altos Hills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,376
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  • Moraga, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,977
  • I have lived in Moraga, CA for a couple of years now and it is a wonderful place to create a life for yourself. The city has access to all of the fun of the San Francisco bay area without the hustle and
84
  • Tiburon, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,170
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  • Montecito, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,193
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  • Stanford, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,926
  • I've been living in Stanford for the last 6 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere but the upper class, upper-scale amenities and highly educated neighbors and friends I've developed over my
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  • San Marino, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,324
  • Living in San Marino, CA was very fast paced and a little stressful. I say stressful and past paced because of the cost of living. Living here was very expensive. The cost of living only continues to
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rolling Hills Estates, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,206
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  • Kensington, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,602
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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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  • Rossmoor, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,933
  • Living in Rossmoor, CA was one of my greatest experiences. Even though I was only here for a short period of time, I was able to do a lot. This city is near the beaches, so there was plenty of tourist
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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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  • Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,605
  • Imagine finding a town with all the beauty that California has to offer, great people who are more than just neighbors and friend, a solid economy with an active job force, great schools to educate your
79
  • Alamo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,078
  • I've lived all over the beautiful state of California and I can honestly say that Alamo is one of the best areas in the whole state to call home. Living in Alamo (a suburb of San Francisco Bay/East Bay)
83
  • Corte Madera, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,694
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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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  • Saranap, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,211
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  • Oak Park, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,885
  • I call Oak Park, California Home and this place is absolutely wonderful. Living in Oak Park, California means that we can easily commute into Los Angeles if we need to, but this local community actually
81
  • Kentfield, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,907
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  • San Anselmo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,623
  • San Anselmo, California is a industrial urban town of more than 12,000 residents. The cost of living is expensive, however the quality of homes are worth the pay. The job market here is blooming, jobs
82
  • Foster City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,967
  • Foster City is a good city. It has good parks, it is very safe and it's very diverse. But there are problems with it. There really is nothing to do here in Foster City. It's just a bunch of parks and
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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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  • 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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  • Granite Bay, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,840
  • I've been living in Granite Bay for a year now and I like living here a lot. It's a small town and as such doesn't have a lot to offer, but the cities natural beauty is more than enough for me. Granite
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  • Blackhawk, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,468
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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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  • 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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  • South Pasadena, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,936
  • Living in South Pasadena is a ton of fun as a young adult! There’s a ton of things to do, great shopping, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends every day. There’s about 25,000 of us so you
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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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  • Stevenson Ranch, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,737
  • Stevenson Ranch is one of the best places I’ve had the pleasure of living in. Located near the Santa Clarita Valley, Stevenson Ranch has loads of wonderful hiking and outdoor activities. After a long day
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  • Strawberry, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,689
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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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  • University of California-Davis, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,957
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  • Arcadia, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,755
  • I have lived in Arcadia, California for about 15 years and I can say that it is certainly a magnificent place. It is a perfect place to visit or to live in and excellent for the whole family as well. One
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  • Solana Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,312
  • Living in Solana Beach, CA was one of the most incredibile times in my life. I am from the Bay Area, CA, so I love being around the fast paced city life. This city is full of entertainment and attractive
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  • Larkspur, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,268
  • Larkspur, California is the best place to call home in the entire state! We have a great community full of friendly people. There are several different things to do here, the weather is spectacular, and
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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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  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,204
  • Laguna Beach has been my home my whole life and I absolutely love this city! The beautiful sunsets on the amazing beaches are like no other. The weather is so amazing especially in the summers. The
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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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  • Burlingame, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,118
  • I've found my forever city in Burlingame, CA! I'm coming up on my 4th year living in Burlingame, and I couldn't be happier. We get great weather all year round, and are close to everything we could
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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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  • 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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  • 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

Moving to a new city in California is a stressful process. Combine that with having to find a new school for your kids and stress levels can reach epic proportions! As they say “education is the cornerstone of our society” so you want to be sure that you find the right school for your children. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of cities with the best education system in California with a minimum of 5,000 people.

Your children’s academic success can depend on your choice of education system. Finding the right city with the best education system in California is no easy task. The quality of education varies from state to state, city to city and even district to district. In creating this list, we wanted to take into account more than just test scores. Although we do believe that standardized test scores are important we also wanted to factor in classroom sizes and graduation rates.

To further narrow down your list of the cities with the best education system in California, you can use the filters above. This will allow you to filter based on cities or neighborhoods, city size as well as home and rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your housing budget. You can also filter based on other important categories that may be important to you like amenities, cost of living, crime, employment, housing and weather.