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2022 Best Suburbs to Live in California

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  1. #1 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Santa Monica

    Town in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Santa Monica is a very peaceful coastal city. It has extensive beautiful beaches, a pier, a boardwalk, and borders the neighborhood of Venice. Santa Monica is a great place to walk with spacious....

    Read 145 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 91,600,

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  2. #2 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Hermosa Beach

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Nearby Resident says Hermosa Beach is a quaint beach town with tons to do. It has both a great day and night life. There are significant shops to visit and restaurants to eat at. Overall, I would recommend visiting!.

    Read 53 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 19,147,

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  3. #3 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Albany

    Suburb of Oakland, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Nearby Resident says Lovely & walkable - If you can't afford Albany, look at the Richmond hills and at the little portion of San Pablo that is East of 1-80 - a hidden gem - we paid $500,000 less than you would for a....

    Read 53 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 20,145,

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  4. #4 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Mountain View

    Town in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love Mountain View with my whole heart! I have grown up here my whole life, and it hasn't failed to provide fun, jobs, sense of community, and trust. They have such fun and welcoming holiday events....

    Read 131 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 80,104,

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  5. #5 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Manhattan Beach

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says What I like about Manhattan Beach is the connected community that we live in. It is a safe environment for kids to be able to exist in, and overall it is a very chill beach town where anyone that....

    Read 91 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 35,064,

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  6. #6 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    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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  7. #7 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    South Pasadena

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I love to take walks here because it is safe, the weather is fantastic, and there are so many trees! I love the cute shops on Mission and Fair Oak. Sometimes, the mansions here make you feel like...I have heard that locals are slightly racist towards Latinx people. I have not noticed it, but I can believe it. The stories I have heard about include rude looks and demeaning remarks. Latinx...South Pasadena's property values are partially due to the public schools. They are safe, and the students here usually do very well academically. However, the schools do not look after students'...Overall, the stores and the vibe of the town are great, but you might have trouble with the social structure..

    Read 93 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 25,478,

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  8. #8 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    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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  9. #9 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Redondo Beach

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Redondo Beach is absolutely amazing! The city is extremely clean with many places to dine in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The beaches are extremely clean, and the pier is filled with fun....

    Read 194 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 66,663,

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  10. #10 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Palo Alto

    Town in California,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Palo Alto is a great city to live in. It mixes a suburban and urban lifestyle almost perfectly. It is residential enough to be laid back, but still busy enough to not be boring. Because of Stanford's....

    Read 97 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 67,973,

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  11. #11 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    La Cañada Flintridge

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Nearby Resident says Lovely neighborhood with amazing houses and people! Palm trees are a cool addition. Safe environment, farmer's market on the weekends, streets that are clean and nicely paved...One thing I would change: La Canada has a very bubble-like quality. Because it is such a middle-upper class suburbs, many people are dissociated from the "real world." This can be both beneficial and....

    Read 91 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 20,078,

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  12. #12 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Solana Beach

    Suburb of San Diego, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I've lived in San Diego for nearly my entire life, and I've always found my heart resting in my home region of Solana Beach. The sheer energy of this region highly sets it above all others. My....

    Read 35 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 13,301,

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  13. #13 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Los Altos Hills

    Suburb of San Jose, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says A lot of animals around, quiet neighborhood. Very nice place to bike or hike or just walk and jog around. Great neighborhood overall.

    Read 5 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 8,496,

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  14. #14 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Piedmont

    Suburb of Oakland, CA,

    34 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I'm only 11 years old, but I have lived here for more than 7 years and has really been a welcoming community for me! It welcomed me well in preschool, I went to Wildwood school and I can strongly say....

    Read 34 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 11,454,

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  15. #15 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Palos Verdes Estates

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Read 33 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 13,359,

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  16. #16 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Burlingame

    Suburb of San Francisco, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Burlingame is home! I moved here with my mom and dad when I was 2 1/2. My two little sisters were born here, this is home! Everywhere you go - you will see a friendly smile and friends who you grew....

    Read 40 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 30,071,

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  17. #17 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Del Mar

    Suburb of San Diego, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Very nice area, very safe. Good schools and houses. Pretty expensive cost of living. Safe area to grow up in/raise kids, but a little sheltered. People can be close-minded..

    Read 15 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,331,

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  18. #18 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Culver City

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Culver City is an inclusive city that cherishes diversity and welcomes all kinds of people! Although we could take better care of our environment by stopping loitering in some places, many of us care....

    Read 189 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 38,913,

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  19. #19 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Foster City

    Suburb of San Francisco, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Former Resident says Growing up in Foster City was fantastic! It is a fantastic place to raise a family. The water and parks are serene. Don't expect a nightlife - there isn't one. As someone in their 20's, I am looking....

    Read 33 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 33,056,

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  20. #20 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Rolling Hills

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

    2 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says It is an excellent gated equestrian community to raise a family..

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 1,439,

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  21. #21 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Moraga

    Suburb of Oakland, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Love this town... but diversity should get a C grade at best - especially compared to the surrounding area. High income is required to live here ($200k+) and household costs are grossly understated....

    Read 57 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 16,896,

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  22. #22 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    San Carlos

    Suburb of San Francisco, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says San Carlos is blessed with great weather throughout the year. All of North, South and Easy bay are easily accessible making our daily commute very easy. The neighborhood has quaint downtown full of....

    Read 62 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 29,647,

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  23. #23 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Davis

    Suburb of Sacramento, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Visitor says I visit my Grandma often in Davis. We go all around Davis, and I feel like that even that I don’t live here, I am familiar with Davis enough to be reviewing it. I can even review the night-life,...Learn a lot. Protect the eco. Find yourself in a reality you’ve never lived in. That’s Davis!.

    Read 354 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 68,640,

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  24. #24 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    San Marino

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Nearby Resident says The only way to tell where Alhambra ends and San Marino begins is the color of the street signs because both cities are gorgeous. San Marino has ordinances that keep it very safe. The city has no....

    Read 49 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 13,020,

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  25. #25 Best Suburbs to Live in California.

    Beverly Hills

    Suburb of Los Angeles, CA,

    71 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Overall, I feel that Beverly Hills is often times a very warm suburb when you encounter every day people in the neighborhood and local area. Despite the reputation the city has, people are extremely....

    Read 71 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 33,709,

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