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Deciding where to live in California can be a tough choice. This article lists the 10 best livable cities in California based on amenities, crime rate, schools, employment, and commute time.
If you live in California and plan to buy a home here, or if your job is relocating you to The Golden State, there are plenty of wonderful cities to settle down in. You just need to know which ones they are.
But first lets mention the elephant in the room: California can be an expensive place to live. Kiplinger ranks San Francisco the third most expensive city in America, San Jose the fourth, Oakland the eighth, Los Angeles the ninth, and San Diego the tenth. Considering this, property taxes are always something home buyers should factor into their decision making. While you can still find affordable beach towns in Florida, Mississippi, and New Jersey, you won't find any comparable deals along the beautiful Southern California coastline, where you will find some of the most expensive real estate in the country.
But California is a big state that offers plenty of livable cities. We've put together a list of ten California cities with a population of over 10,000 that are good picks for individuals and families to set down roots based on amenities, crime rate, schools, employment, and commute time. And it goes without saying that if you're in California, you'll have good weather.
Irvine , located in Orange County, is a great place to live. There is much to do in Irvine with the Orange County Great Park, the Irvine Spectrum, and the Diamond Jamboree all located here. Irvine is also home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The following are some of Irvine's highlights:
San Carlos , located in San Mateo County, is a desirable city because of its overall quality of life. It's known as the "City of Good Living" and maintains a quaint downtown area. It's an expensive place to live, but the median household income of $120,112 is 95 percent higher than the rest of the state, which helps cover the high prices. The following are some of San Carlos' highlights:
Coronado , a beach community located in San Diego County, feels as if you're on an island. Yes, it's expensive, but we did just say "beach community" and "San Diego." Residents there surf, swim, sail, bike, and play golf and tennis. And there are plenty of unique local businesses to frequent. The following are some of Coronado's highlights:
La Palma , located in north Orange County, is known for the many seasonal events it holds. Once called "Dairyland," La Palma no longer is agricultural and is now residential, commercial, and industrial. The following are some of La Palma's highlights:
Folsom , located in Sacramento County, is probably most famous for Folsom Prison, the same prison Johnny Cash sang about in "Folsom Prison Blues," but that's not the reason this city made our list. Folsom is the home of Intel's research and development offices, and historic Folsom is a destination place that has live theater, art galleries, a history museum, and a pioneer village. The following are some of Folsom's highlights:
Orange , located in Orange County, rounds out our list of one of the top cities in California in which to live. Its historic Old Towne is famous for outdoor dining and antique shops, making this city the "antique capital of Southern California." The following are some of Orange's highlights:
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