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- Public SchoolsA-
- Crime & SafetyB
- Good for FamiliesA-
- Cost of LivingA-
- Health & FitnessC
- Outdoor ActivitiesC+
California is a town in Missouri with a population of 4,375. California is in Moniteau County. Living in California offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in California and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in California are highly rated.
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Compared to the surrounding towns, California is relatively large. It has a population of around 5,000 people and has its own elementary, middle, and high school. There are several grocery stores and fast food resturaunts are abundant. The park is clean and features a gorgeous lake where you can fish. It is also only 20 to 30 minutes away from the state capitol, Jefferson City. Anything that isn't already provided in California can be found in Jeff.
I moved here from Kansas City withbmy parents in February 1987 and have been here ever since. We have a beautiful park (Procter park) as well as several smaller park. If you like going out and being close to bigger cities we are about 20-30 minutes from Jefferson City, Mo (state capital), 45 min to an hour from Columbia, Mo, hr from Lake of the Ozarks, and smack dab between Kansas City and St Louis (about 2 hrs to each). If you prefer the “quiet life” of small town living than this is it. Several activities to get your kids involved in and the townsfolk Amd businesses are TRULY supportive of the kids school sports, music and school programs and fundraisers. The Biggest downfall is drugs however the new sheriff is really doing a great job of trying to irradicate drugs in Moniteau County.
California is a small town with not a lot to offer. However, there are lots of good-hearted people who are very welcoming and courteous to visitors. There isn't a ton of crime in California, but drugs are one of the more common crimes here. Overall, California is a decent town with a good amount of history.