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  1. #1 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Orange County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Orange County is a beautiful city with many things to do throughout the day. Orange County has a few popular amusement parks Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm which are both family-friendly. Orange....

    Read 194 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 3,170,345,

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  2. #2 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Los Angeles County

    County in California,

    1099 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Thso much to do!...Museums, Attractions, Theaters, Restaurants, Beaches, Sports....Arts!...So Many Night Clubs froI am a Injured Worker, who needs to complete my BSN for eligibility for Management....

    Read 1099 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Population: 10,040,682,

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  3. #3 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Santa Clara County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Everyone here is so incredibly kind! I cannot say enough good things about this place. The schools are great, the people are great, it is very diverse, and we are generally happy!.

    Read 147 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 1,924,379,

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  4. #4 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Alameda County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I have grown up in Alameda and go to school in Oakland. This is my home and I am very grateful to have lived here for the last 18 years. Although it is an extremely expensive place to live, it is....

    Read 55 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 1,661,584,

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  5. #5 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Contra Costa County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says It a clean area with great neighborhoods. Great environment to be in!Contra Costa is filled with great leaders and try’s its best to make the community a safe place for all! There are multiple....

    Read 50 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 1,147,788,

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  6. #6 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Placer County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Pleasant rural living. Safe. Scenic. Ideal weather. Clean mountain air and water. Best retirement place in California for outdoor lovers. Mid-county foothills offer both rural privacy and easy....

    Read 9 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Population: 391,799,

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  7. #7 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    El Dorado County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I grew up here, then, after living in many other places, I found that there really is no place like home. Rural and gorgeous, yet with Highway 50, it's easy to get to Sacramento or Tahoe. If you love....

    Read 9 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 190,345,

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  8. #8 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Santa Cruz County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says From Watsonville all the way to Davenport. The area is so diverse ecologically speaking. Rolling hills along the coast to gigantic Redwood trees. Lovely mountain towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, and....

    Read 116 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 273,170,

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  9. #9 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    San Diego County

    County in California,

    1211 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says San Diego is my home, and I never plan to leave. We are known for our perfect weather, but there is so much more to us. Our culture is like none other. The people are so diverse and friendly. The mix...As if those weren’t enough options to live here, we have even more. Skydiving, hot air balloon rides, the Del Mar Fair, designer stores and outlet malls, kayaking, the list is endless. You can even...San Diego is family friendly, young adult friendly with the nightlife, business friendly, and dog friendly too. It is not only my city, but like all the other residents here, it is my home..

    Read 1211 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Population: 3,323,970,

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  10. #10 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Ventura County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love how close this county is to the beach. No matter where you live it is a short/semi-short drive to the beach. The city Ventura has a very homey feel, and is kind of like a beach town out of the....

    Read 64 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 845,599,

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  11. #11 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Santa Barbara County

    County in California,

    133 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I am 17 years old, and have lived in Goleta and Santa Barbara my whole life. The weather is phenomenal, and commuting is not bad in the slightest compared to larger cities, and everyone is fairly....

    Read 133 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 444,895,

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  12. #12 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    San Mateo County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Visitor says I visited San Mateo multiple times and loved the environment, weather, and everything about it! There are a lot of fun places to visit and great restaurants as well..

    Read 81 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 765,623,

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  13. #13 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Monterey County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says This is a pleasant area with many exciting tourist activities! The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the number one place to go, it won't disappoint. There is bowling, mini-golf, a mirror maze, and....

    Read 73 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Population: 432,977,

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  14. #14 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    San Luis Obispo County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says San Luis Obispo County is one of the most beautiful places in this country. It boasts of amazing weather, beautiful beaches, low crime and is home to California Polytechnic State University. Living....

    Read 67 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 282,517,

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  15. #15 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Sonoma County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says It is absolutely beautiful and every part of Sonoma County has something different to offer. There is the beach, the mountains, wine tasting, and lots of hiking. It is a very expensive county though!.

    Read 50 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Population: 496,801,

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  16. #16 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Marin County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says There are good public schools and a lot of protected habitat. There's a lot of local businesses and the county is fairly close to both San Francisco and the East Bay while maintaining a mostly small....

    Read 33 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 259,441,

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  17. #17 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Nevada County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Nevada County is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever visited, the trees, lakes, people community feeling. You can walk down the street and strike up a conversation with anyone at anytime 😊.....

    Read 4 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Population: 99,417,

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  18. #18 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Mendocino County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Mendocino is beautiful. The living here is much slower than the Bay Area. Mendocino does not have a very big population and feels less congested than other areas. Although there is not a big....

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C,

    Population: 87,110,

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  19. #19 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Sacramento County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Sacramento is a great mid sized city. Commutes around the city are doable, not very congested. There are lots of trees and parks around Sacramento. As the Farm-to-fork capitol, there is lots of fresh....

    Read 586 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Population: 1,537,948,

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  20. #20 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Napa County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Napa is a great small town, but with a lot of growth over my life. When I was a child it was very small and not a whole lot to enjoy, but as an adult I've seen the county evolve into a major....

    Read 38 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Population: 138,572,

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  21. #21 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Stanislaus County

    County in California,

    42 Niche users give it an average review of 3.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says It's the heart of the valley. Very agricultural area. Beautiful weather. Lots of pollen in the air during spring. A couple hours to the nearest beach on the pacific coast. A couple hours from the....

    Read 42 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Population: 546,235,

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  22. #22 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    San Joaquin County

    County in California,

    25 Niche users give it an average review of 3.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Great place to visit! Lodi is the place to go, for a fun time. Lots of winery’s to choose from, great restaurants and lovely ambiance..

    Read 25 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Population: 751,615,

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  23. #23 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Humboldt County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Humboldt has unsurpassed beauty in its environment. Everywhere you look there are so many things to do if you are a lover of the great outdoors. I have lived all over California and this is my...The homes are mostly older Victorian homes which do add to the charm.The night life is not much but on the other hand, there are a variety of Out door festivals and other happening that more than....

    Read 6 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Population: 136,101,

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  24. #24 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Solano County

    County in California,

    22 Niche users give it an average review of 3.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Solano county is a great place to live. It’s is very diverse and has very kind and social people. There’s also annually events such as fair and contest, which are found for all ages. It’s a great....

    Read 22 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Population: 444,538,

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  25. #25 Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in California.

    Amador County

    County in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Moved to Amador County 7 years ago. At first it felt a bit isolated, now it feels like home. The air is clean, houses are not on top of each other and the people are friendly. You can have pets....

    Read 6 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C,

    Population: 39,023,

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