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Places With The Best Housing In California 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score79
  • Imperial, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,583
  • I know what you're thinking, well no I don't really. I have an idea of what you should be thinking, however. This California living isn't for everyone, and not just anyone can stand the lifestyle. Living
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  • Rosamond, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,672
  • If you like tiny towns and the desert, Rosamond is the place for you. I have lived here for two years and wouldn't likely recommend someone moves here. The closest city is Palmdale, a 30-minute drive,
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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
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  • Santa Monica, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 92,247
  • One of the most beautiful cities in California is Santa Monica. This gorgeous city has even inspired musicians like Sheryl Crow to create songs centering around it. One of Sheryl Crow's most famous songs
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  • Contra Costa Centre, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,190
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  • Williams, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,160
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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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  • West Hollywood, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,661
  • I've lived in a few different cities in southern California and West Hollywood certainly places near the top of the list. It's close enough to both the ocean and downtown LA that you can easily enjoy
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  • San Francisco, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 850,282
  • Having lived in san fran my whole life, I can confidently tell you that it is a mess. There are seriously so many homeless it is ridiculous. wanna see a bunch of gay men walk around naked? well come on
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  • Lemoore, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,169
  • This town has no sense of community, no real restaurants besides fast food, no shopping beyond Kmart & worst of all it is completely uncivilized. Dogs are allowed to run loose and the police do very
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  • Marina del Rey, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,782
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  • Santa Clara, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 122,725
  • Although I had visited Silicon Valley on numervous occassion, I never had the chance to stop at Santa Clara. Last year, during a road trip, I finally got a chance on my way to San Jose. The city of Santa
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  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 149,596
  • On my frequent trips to Silicon Valley, I always feel the urge to go somewhere new. Since, Sunnyvale is close to San Jose, I always visit my friend, an officer in US Air Force. His home is located in
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  • 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
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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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  • Firebaugh, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,176
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  • El Segundo, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,901
  • I have lived near El Segundo for my entire life and know all the things that a tourist or new resident would want to know about the city. El Segundo is right next to the Los Angeles Airport and there
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  • Sausalito, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,115
  • Earlier this year I took a big leap and moved out of my beloved San Francisco to Sausalito. I had always like visiting Sausalito on the weekends but the idea of living in a small town (village) was a bit
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  • Salida, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,898
  • Growing up in the Bay Area, CA, you tend to have expectations of the city life. I always loved the city type of life. When I moved here, I realized that this was not the place for me because there was
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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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  • Hanford, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 54,912
  • I have lived in Hanford off and on since 1989. People were really nice and still are generally. There has been an influx of illegals who have taken over the southside completely. But generally they are
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  • Capitola, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,109
  • I have made my home in Capitola for awhile now, and I couldn't imagine a better place to live. Capitola is a port city near Santa Cruz and has a busy boating community. It also has an artistic collection
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  • Rosemont, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,081
  • As a resident of Rosemont, California, I can vouch that this place is a great place to live. My community is located just a few minutes away from Sacramento, California which offers you an easy commute
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  • Emeryville, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,111
  • Oh, how I love this small city. Living in Emeryville is a great experience all people should have. I loved the beautiful warm weather, the convenient shopping centers, the affordable restaurants, and the
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  • Campbell, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,788
  • California is known for being a techy area, with lots of cool products coming from the state. Mostly this is from Silicon valley and large cities, but the starting place of Ebay is actually in Campbell,
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  • Monterey, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,472
  • During the five years that I lived in Monterey, I have to say it was absolutely amazing. It is a quiet, and peaceful city to live in, and you won't find better weather anywhere than while living in
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  • Alameda, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 77,409
  • From a beautiful golf course to a indoor mini golf course miniature of the Bay Area, to bowling alley, and two antique arcades. The best little shopping area in SF Bay. Great restaurants and street
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  • Wasco, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,061
  • Living in Wasco is fairly quiet and there‚Äôs not a ton to do. What we beat other cities at, I would say, is our available options for food and restaurants. Not only do we have popular chain restaurants in
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  • Coalinga, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,609
  • As an individual who has lived in Coalinga, CA for most of their life I cannot recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice place to live unless all you are looking for is decent weather. Even what
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  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 67,664
  • Redondo Beach is one of the most gorgeous cities in California. I absolutely adored my visit to this great city. The beach was one of the cleanest that I have ever visited. I was stunned by how glamorous
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  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 69,482
  • Do not get sick here if you are not military or a minority. You will need to get help in another city. You will see the dark underbelly of medical care here. You will realize fairly quickly you are a
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  • 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
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  • Marina, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,816
  • I was born in Marina, California and lived there for six years. I still visit often and still remember places I visited when I was younger. Since my father served in the U.S. Army, we often visited Fort
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  • Fort Irwin, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,337
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  • Bakersfield, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 367,555
  • I recently visited Bakersfield California, I was sent there on a business trip and decide to take my family along and make it a vacation, since we would be saving on one airplane ticket. The company had
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  • Pacific Grove, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,546
  • I retired here to Pacific Grove, California 7 years ago and I love it here. This place offers me everything that I need to enjoy by leisurely days. The neighborhoods are quiet and the people are
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  • Phelan, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,503
  • The village of Phelan is small but there are a few eateries and a grocery store and gas so all the essentials are here. It's beautiful up here, most of the homes are on dirt roads with large lots and
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  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,627
  • My home is Beverly Hills, CA, and I am overjoyed to live here. Yes, it is an enclave of the rich and famous, but it also has many great neighborhoods as well. My favorite place is Beverly Hills Park, a
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  • Shafter, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,801
  • Living here in Shafter can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. With not many job opportunities and a bevy of issues with the education system, I find it hard to really excel as a person born and raised
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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Loma Linda, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,859
  • Loma Linda is a city full of cultural and relaxing activities that everyone in the family can participate in. If you're looking for outdoor activities, strolling through a park like Hulda Crooks Park
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  • 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
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  • Yuba City, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,147
  • I lived in Yuba City my whole live until I went to college. Yuba City is an okay town it has it's benefits, like it is not that populated so there nee much traffic, they is not much here so you will meet
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  • Waterford, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,708
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  • 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
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  • Country Club, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,597
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  • 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
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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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  • Menlo Park, CA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,319
  • I lived in Menlo Park for approximately one year. While living in Menlo Park, two things always come to mind when I look back at my experience living there: peace and tranquility. When you walk or drive

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in California. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in California to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in California as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in California, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.