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2022 Best Cities to Live in California

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  1. #8 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Berkeley

    City in California,

    191 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Living in Berkeley has been an extremely eye-opening experience. I am currently attending the University of California Berkeley so I have been able to experience the city first hand. The public....

    Read 191 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 123,065,

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  2. #10 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Irvine

    City in California,

    539 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Nearby Resident says I love Irvine! I went to UCI for my bachelors degree and it was a beautiful area. There are many activities to do beyond campus life. My friends and I would ride our bikes in the park and then get....

    Read 539 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 272,694,

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  3. #14 Best Cities to Live in America.

    San Francisco

    City in California,

    933 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Overwhelming! There are so many things to see, do, smell, and eat! So many opportunities that were never presented to me before. I spent half of my life in Hawaii and the other half in the desert of....

    Read 933 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 874,784,

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  4. #16 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Sunnyvale

    City in California,

    256 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Located within a bustling metropolis, Sunnyvale contains opportunities of all kinds. There are many companies in the tech sector in Sunnyvale. It is a beautiful city with lots of parks and amenities....

    Read 256 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 152,569,

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  5. #23 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Torrance

    City in California,

    303 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I believe the city of Torrance is a diverse and safe city in Southern California! The Torrance unified school district is one of the best districts, and also has the best hospitals in the area. A....

    Read 303 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 144,430,

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  6. #24 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Santa Clara

    City in California,

    205 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I am in love with Santa Clara, it's culturally diverse. Hospitals are close and roads are close to freeways. The stores are walking distance. Santa clara electric system is separate from PG&E, making....

    Read 205 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 126,723,

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  7. #30 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Carlsbad

    City in California,

    365 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I grew up in NYC, lived in L.A. and Marin County, CA and then moved to Carlsbad when it was time to start a family. We've lived in Carlsbad for 25 years now, first in La Costa Valley and now Olde....

    Read 365 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 114,411,

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  8. #46 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Pasadena

    City in California,

    263 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says Pasadena is a beautiful town with great people. There are a lot of great historical buildings to admire especially near Old Pasadena. They do a great job of preserving their culture and history! The....

    Read 263 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 142,017,

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  9. #51 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Thousand Oaks

    City in California,

    358 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Not only was I born and raised in Thousand Oaks (husband as well), I’ve raised my 5 kids here! The schools are excellent, sports programs are top notch, great training facilities such as Mamba....

    Read 358 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 127,648,

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  10. #55 Best Cities to Live in America.

    San Diego

    City in California,

    1032 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Since moving here in 2015 right out of high school, I found this magical city that I call home. The perks are endless. There are loads of activities to get into, many of them being outdoors. There is...Overall, my time in this city and the state of California has been magical, and I do not plan on leaving anytime soon..

    Read 1032 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 1,414,545,

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  11. #62 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Burbank

    City in California,

    342 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Burbank is a very quite and somewhat isolated place. Many attractions lie near this area but it still tends to be a very relaxing environment. The attractions here are the WB studio, near disneyland,....

    Read 342 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Population: 103,411,

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  12. #79 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Costa Mesa

    City in California,

    164 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love Costa Mesa! I moved here in March and my husband and I have loved it so much. It's close to the ocean without being as cold as living right at the beach. We are close to plenty of shopping,...In terms of something that the city needs, it needs more reliable and easily accessible public transportation..

    Read 164 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Population: 112,958,

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  13. #82 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Roseville

    City in California,

    230 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Former Resident says I loved living in W. Roseville. The schools are top notch, the police dep’t is excellent, and people have a great sense of community. What I hated was the amount of Bay Area xplants coming here and....

    Read 230 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Population: 138,860,

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  14. #115 Best Cities to Live in America.

    San Jose

    City in California,

    1258 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love how inviting it is and how there are so many things to do. a bunch of places to explore and close to many other cities to travel to and have fun. The San Jose area has so many things to do,....

    Read 1258 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 1,029,409,

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  15. #116 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Glendale

    City in California,

    215 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Safe neighborhoods, great schools, lots of small parks everywhere, beautiful and clean, plenty of entertainment options, restaurants and close to everything. Lots of culture and diversity, love....

    Read 215 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 199,357,

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  16. #126 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Temecula

    City in California,

    500 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I have lived in Temecula for 32 years. I moved from a small beach town in Orange County and I was looking for a more affordable place to live that still had a small town feeling to it. I love....

    Read 500 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 113,117,

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  17. #133 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Long Beach

    City in California,

    823 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Nearby Resident says Besides being a calm and tourist beach city, it is a place with plenty to do such as restaurants, activities, exploring, and having a blast at the beach. Not only does it offer many day excitement,....

    Read 823 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 462,081,

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  18. #138 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Orange

    City in California,

    286 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Orange is a superb Californian town. From it's historical homes and Old Towne to it's prime location in the heart of Orange County just minutes from Disneyland, Angel's Stadium, Newport and Laguna....

    Read 286 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 139,322,

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  19. #139 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Sacramento

    City in California,

    775 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Sacramento is a fantastic place to call home. Positioned perfectly in Northern California, we are a short drive away from the mountains, the ocean, and even the desert! If you are an outdoorsy individual, Sacramento would be a great place for you to live. The greater Sacramento area is sprawling with bike trails, hiking routes, lakes and rivers. If you want a more...Sacramento's historical victorian architecture can still be seen in the neighborhoods of Midtown and East Sacramento. Exploring the beautiful homes is an activity on its own. If you can handle the heat and the traffic in Sacramento, you will be gifted with friendly faces and endless opportunity!.

    Read 775 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 503,482,

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  20. #140 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Oakland

    City in California,

    529 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I am originally from San Francisco and was a little hesitant about living in Oakland at first. But I am totally loving it! The weather is amazing, the people are friendly, diverse and active. There....

    Read 529 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 422,575,

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  21. #146 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Los Angeles

    City in California,

    1629 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says LA has something for everyone - concerts, theme parks, regular parks, restaurant, night life, sports and all those venues that go with them! If I could change any one thing about LA, it would be the....

    Read 1629 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 3,973,278,

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  22. #152 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Ventura

    City in California,

    166 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says The beach is five minutes away from midtown, who doesn't love the beach? The weather is on average around the 70's during the spring and early summer. The temperature rarely goes above 85 degrees.....

    Read 166 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 108,467,

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  23. #176 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Visalia

    City in California,

    449 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Visalia is like the middle of California. You get the best of both sides of Cali! You are a few hours away from San Francisco, and a few hours from the famous, Hollywood! Of course you are near the....

    Read 449 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Population: 133,100,

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  24. #191 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Santa Rosa

    City in California,

    482 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Santa Rosa is a beautiful small town in Sonoma County and here the scenery is unbelievable. We have loads of agriculture like farms, wineries, local animal-made products and so much more! We face a....

    Read 482 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Population: 178,391,

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  25. #192 Best Cities to Live in America.

    Riverside

    City in California,

    580 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says The overall experience that I have with living in riverside would be about a four star rating. I give this rating because how well the community bands together. Another reason why I enjoy Riverside....

    Read 580 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Population: 327,569,

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