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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
California is a town in Missouri with a population of 4,368. 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.
About California...
Population
4,368

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$101,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$573
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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California Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    67.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    180.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,039.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    22.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in California

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,500
National
$55,322
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California Reviews

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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.
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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.