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  1. #5 Best Places to Live in California.

    Presidio of San Francisco

    Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Great park. Beautiful sights, easy transportation to other activities. See Crissy Field and the views of the Golden Gate Bridge or the old Spanish fort buildings. Go the the Walt Disney Family Museum....

    Read 4 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,193,

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  2. #30 Best Places 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. #34 Best Places 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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  4. #46 Best Places 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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  5. #53 Best Places 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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  6. #76 Best Places to Live in California.

    Torrey Pines

    Neighborhood in San Diego, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Niche User says It's gorgeous, laid-back, and everyone's friendly..

    Read 16 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 8,198,

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  7. #78 Best Places 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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  8. #85 Best Places to Live in California.

    Torrey Hills

    Neighborhood in San Diego, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Best for families with young children. Good public and private school nearby. Weather stays on the cooler side if you like that. I found it to be a little gloomy most of the time. Freeways are close....

    Read 6 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,798,

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  9. #89 Best Places 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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  10. #97 Best Places to Live in California.

    Del Mar Mesa

    Neighborhood in San Diego, CA,

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,884,

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  11. #100 Best Places 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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  12. #103 Best Places 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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  13. #104 Best Places 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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  14. #107 Best Places to Live in California.

    Via de la Valle

    Neighborhood in San Diego, CA,

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 295,

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  15. #108 Best Places to Live in California.

    Carmel Valley

    Neighborhood in San Diego, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Carmel Valley is clean, safe, family and dog friendly. I have a short 15 minute commute to work in La Jolla or the beach at Torrey Pines. There are plenty of child care options in the area and plenty....

    Read 60 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 32,302,

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  16. #112 Best Places 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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  17. #113 Best Places 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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  18. #114 Best Places to Live in California.

    Forest Knolls

    Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA,

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 1,729,

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  19. #117 Best Places 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. #120 Best Places to Live in California.

    Inner Sunset

    Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says The Inner Sunset neighborhood is great family oriented neighborhood. There are two public schools. Golden Gate Park is very close by. The ocean and Ocean Beach is just a fifteen minute walk. There is....

    Read 11 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 13,175,

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  21. #121 Best Places to Live in California.

    La Jolla

    Neighborhood in San Diego, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Current Resident says The biggest gripe I have living here is that rent is absurdly high for a student like me, but the food options everywhere are pretty diverse. I haven't really explored the nightlife if there is any,....

    Read 113 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 29,407,

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  22. #124 Best Places to Live in California.

    Parnassus Heights

    Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA,

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,254,

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  23. #128 Best Places 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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  24. #131 Best Places to Live in California.

    Miramar Ranch North

    Neighborhood in San Diego, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says Scripps Ranch community provides easy access to shopping and a safe environment where you will find many residents taking walks and enjoying the wonderful weather and location..

    Read 22 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 11,932,

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  25. #138 Best Places to Live in California.

    Forest Hill

    Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Former Resident says It was great in the 50s-60s when it was a mix of blue collar and white collar families with lots of kids. It’s ruined now due to liberal policies citywide. I would never live in SF, glad I left. Way....

    Read 2 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 2,128,

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