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Best Places To Live In Santa Maria, CA

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  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Your matching location
  • Population: 103,642
  • Do not let these people fool you, Santa Maria is one of the most dangerous cities on the Central Coast. If you like discount junk stores, Mexican markets, you are forced to shop online. They are 1,000% a…[read more]
Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score75
  • Los Olivos, CA
  • City: 26.3mi / 42.4km away
  • Population: 871
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  • Avila Beach, CA
  • City: 23.6mi / 37.9km away
  • Population: 1,242
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  • Arroyo Grande, CA
  • City: 15.4mi / 24.8km away
  • Population: 17,842
  • I feel like living in Arroyo Grande is a dream come true for me and my family. Not only do you get to experience this amazing California lifestyle, you get it all in a small city platform. Only issue…[read more]
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  • Pismo Beach, CA
  • City: 18.3mi / 29.4km away
  • Population: 7,984
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  • Los Berros, CA
  • City: 11.7mi / 18.8km away
  • Population: 718
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  • Los Ranchos, CA
  • City: 22.0mi / 35.3km away
  • Population: 1,630
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  • Vandenberg Village, CA
  • City: 15.3mi / 24.7km away
  • Population: 7,146
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  • Woodlands, CA
  • City: 9.0mi / 14.5km away
  • Population: 1,075
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  • Grover Beach, CA
  • City: 16.3mi / 26.3km away
  • Population: 13,484
  • Lived there many years ago when it was called Grover City, small town atmosphere, not much to do there, we would go to Arroyo Grande for shopping. My Dad worked at the San Luis Obispo prison as a guard…[read more]
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  • Lompoc, CA
  • City: 18.8mi / 30.2km away
  • Population: 43,678
  • Lompoc is a really great and lesser-known place in Santa Barbara county, located about halfway between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. It is one of those places in California that is both wonderful to…[read more]
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  • Callender, CA
  • City: 10.9mi / 17.5km away
  • Population: 1,814
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  • Edna, CA
  • City: 21.3mi / 34.2km away
  • Population: 210
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  • Blacklake, CA
  • City: 9.7mi / 15.6km away
  • Population: 895
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  • Oceano, CA
  • City: 14.9mi / 24.0km away
  • Population: 8,262
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  • Nipomo, CA
  • City: 7.4mi / 11.9km away
  • Population: 16,456
  • Living in Nipomo, CA for a short period of time was really nice. I did not stay long, but I stayed long enough to learn a bit about the city. This city was very small than over the years grew in…[read more]
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  • Orcutt, CA
  • City: 4.7mi / 7.6km away
  • Population: 30,109
  • I’ve lived in Orcutt for around two years now and it’s a really nice small town. There’s nothing to worry about when kids are playing in the yard. Neighbors look out for one another and the community is…[read more]
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  • Garey, CA
  • City: 8.1mi / 13.0km away
  • Population: 212
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  • Guadalupe, CA
  • City: 7.6mi / 12.2km away
  • Population: 7,252
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  • Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • City: 12.8mi / 20.6km away
  • Population: 3,483
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  • Mission Hills, CA
  • City: 16.9mi / 27.2km away
  • Population: 3,616
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  • Casmalia, CA
  • City: 8.3mi / 13.3km away
  • Population: 140
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  • Los Alamos, CA
  • City: 17.2mi / 27.6km away
  • Population: 1,351
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  • Sisquoc, CA
  • City: 9.8mi / 15.8km away
  • Population: 264

Listed above are the best places to live in Santa Maria, CA for 2020. The list of best places is compiled using the AreaVibes Livability Score which is calculated from a score out of 100 and based on various categories. These categories include: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. Displayed first is the matching location - Santa Maria, CA, followed by the best places to live near Santa Maria, CA, sorted by Livability Score.

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