10 best places to live in California
With 840 miles of coastline and 163,707 total square miles,
California offers its residents a unique way of life.
You can choose to live in one of the largest cities in the world, Los Angeles,
or shut yourself away in a small coastal town in Marin.
You can feast your eyes on the majestic Pacific Ocean,
or go water skiing at Lake Tahoe.
But, as is the case everywhere,
certain places in the Golden State are regarded as better than others.
it’s not always easy to decide where you might live
once you decide to relocate.
1: Redondo Beach.
Many people want to live in California
to enjoy its beautiful, sandy coastline and the Pacific Ocean.
If you’re one of these people, then Redondo Beach,
located in the South Bay of Los Angeles is the place for you.
Redondo Beach has two distinct communities, South Redondo and North Redondo.
South Redondo snuggles next to the Pacific Ocean,
and has everything you would want from an ocean town,
including a pier, great restaurants and shops.
North Redondo Beach is inland,
so the average house price is less as you won’t be getting any oceanfront properties,
but you’ll have less of a commute to work.
总的来说 雷多东海滩气候宜人 还有一个很棒的艺术中心
Overall, Redondo Beach has excellent weather, a great Performing Arts Center
and an exceptional school system that regularly produces high scores on standardized state tests.
It also has wonderful sport facilities, with over a dozen excellent public parks,
that provide running tracks, tennis and racquetball courts.
This city makes the list because of its low unemployment and crime rates,
great weather and wonderful facilities.
Orange is a little over 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles,
with a population less than 150,000.
The city has consistently been ranked as one of the safest places to live in California,
so it’s a great place to raise a family.
It offers a wide selection of parks, lakes and nature centers,
including a wildlife sanctuary.
The center of the city is Plaza Park and the old town Orange historic district
which serves as the home to cafes, shops and antique stores.
This historic district has so many buildings of architectural interest
that it merited the attention of the State Historic Resource Surveys.
The city also serves as the location for many films, and television series,
which means you might even get to see your favorite star
while picking up your dry cleaning.
Located between Los Angeles and San Diego,
Temecula is bordered by gently sloping hills,
and experiences a temperate climate.
The richness of the soil and the mild weather makes for ideal grape growing,
and Temecula prides itself on being in the center of California’s South Coast wine region,
which spans approximately 3,000 square miles.
The city has excellent public schools, as well as higher education institutions,
It is also considered to be a great place to start or relocate a business,
being rated as one of the least expensive places for entrepreneurial ventures in the state.
The Old Town provides residents and visitors alike
with a large number of antique stores and restaurants,
and as a variety of special yearly events
including car shows and western themed fairs.
You’ll also be able to get fresh fruits, vegetables,
flowers and local crafts from the farmers market
that is held every Saturday in the old town
It is a bit expensive, and the weather during the summer is hot.
But, if you’re looking for a safe place to live and great business opportunities,
you won’t do much better than Irvine.
It has one of the lowest crime rates in the area,
and is also the location for many international and national corporate headquarters.
Because of the predominance of businesses in the area,
Irvine has been consistently ranked among the top 10 places
to live by Businessweek and CNNMoney.com.
24/7 Wall Street rated it as the best managed city in the entire United States.
Irvine also has an outstanding educational system,
including public schools and exceptional higher educational institutions.
Historically, the area has been inhabited for thousands of years,
but the modern city is the result of a planned development of 42 different villages,
each designed to have different architectural styles,
ranging from California Modern, Spanish, to Contemporary Moroccan
5: Mill Valley.
Nestled among the Redwoods,
Mill Valley is one of the most beautiful places to live in California.
Located 11 miles to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco,
the city sits on the southeastern slopes of Mount Tamalpais,
and is encompassed by hundreds of acres of regional, state and national parks.
The residents of Mill Valley pride themselves for their conservation efforts,
and are dedicated to preserving the natural environment for future generations.
This pervasive commitment to protecting the natural habitat
is seen in the city’s numerous community projects designed to safeguard
the hundreds of species of wildlife and fauna that live in the surrounding park lands.
In addition to its long-standing dedication to maintaining the natural surroundings,
Mill Valley also prides itself on community programs
that promote the Visual and Performing Arts.
In fact, some of the city’s better known residents have included Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin.
6: San Carlos.
This city has one of the lowest crime rates in the United States,
and with its equally low unemployment rate,
it is easy to see why San Carlos ranks among the best places to live in California.
Located on the San Francisco Peninsula,
midway between San Francisco and San Jose,
the city’s motto is “City of Good Living”,
and that’s an accurate description of the lifestyle you’ll have.
The total population is less than 30,000,
so there’s a friendly atmosphere in the community.
Its downtown area is mainly comprised of eating places
and small privately owned businesses,
and the pace of living is unhurried.
San Carlos is also considered to be a relatively affluent place to live.
The average household will have an income in excess of $150,000,
which places it in the 94 percentile among other cities in California.
It also has a good school system, an airport and two museums.
This city is regarded as one of the most educated places in the country by Forbes magazine,
and given many of its residents work in Silicon Valley,
this is perhaps not that surprising.
Located in Santa Clara County and just west of San Jose,
Saratoga has a population hovering around 30,000.
The average household income exceeds $230,000,
making it one of the most prosperous places to live in the country.
The city has wonderful amenities that include several outstanding, local wineries.
Most of the businesses are privately owned,
which helps to create a friendly, small town atmosphere.
Saratoga has an exceptional school system, as well as having a low crime rate.
So, it is a great place for young families.
With its clement weather, beautifully designed neighborhoods and leafy, tree-filled avenues,
Saratoga understandably ranks as one of the best places to live in California.
It will be expensive, but well worth every penny.
8: Yorba Linda.
There aren’t very many places that can boast a better climate than Yorba Linda.
The average summer temperatures stay within the mid-70’s,
and the air quality is exceptionally good something
that needs to be considered when living in California.
Yorba Linda is located in Orange County,
some 35 miles from the center of Los Angeles,
but has a small suburban quality to it.
Like other cities on this list, the city has a high average household income,
and enjoys the highest median income of all cities in Orange County.
Yorba Linda has also been on CNN Money Magazine’s
list of best places to live in the county.
It has a 219 acres golf course, owned by the city,
which is regarded as one of the finest in the nation.
Whilst playing a few rounds,
you are likely to get stunning views of the Newport Beach Coast as well as Catalina Island.
You might be surprised to learn that Livermore has the oldest wineries in California.
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In fact, the first California wine to win in the French exposition
was from the Cresta Blanca winery in 1884.
But, there’s more to Livermore than just its wineries and beautiful vineyards.
这里有一流的高尔夫球场 顶级的餐馆 精品店以及商店
There are great, first class golf courses, and top end restaurants, boutiques and shops
that make the historic downtown area a great place to spend the evening.
Crime rates are low, and you will be close to major freeways
offering commuters easy access to Silicon Valley, Oakland and San Francisco.
Its proximity to major interstates also means
you can get to some great destinations,
like Yosemite, without too much trouble.
Importantly, house prices, though rising,
are still reasonable, especially for the region.
Overall, Livermore is an affordable, pleasant place to live
if you want to be in the Bay Area but cannot afford the exorbitant prices.
If you’re looking to live in a small, quiet town by the Pacific Ocean,
this is the place for you.
Coronado is just across the Big Bay,
making it an ideal residence for those who work in San Diego.
The coastline is wonderful, with its balmy weather and gentle surf,
and Parents Magazine voted it as one of the best beaches for families in the United States.
There’s even whale watching at different times of the year.
The community of residents enjoy exceptional weather,
historic landmarks like the Hotel del Coronado,
and a slow paced lifestyle,
with a speed limit of 25mph on the island.
There is also a thriving business community,low unemployment
and one of the shortest commuting times on the West Coast.
Coronado is not a cheap place to live,
but the quality of the lifestyle it offers
makes it understandable why this is regarded as “The Crown City”.