By: Mary Jones
The third largest city in California and part of Silicon Valley. Known for its high-paying tech jobs, diverse communities, and sunny weather year-round.
A world-famous cultural hub offering natural beauty, foodie experiences, arts, and more. High costs but vibrant urban living.
Gorgeous beaches, laidback vibe, great weather, top universities, arts, culture and an impressive culinary scene.
Upscale coastal community combining small-town charm, ocean views, wineries, high-end shopping and dining.
North of San Francisco in Sonoma County wine country. Offers suburban living with cool coastal breezes.
Iconic city steeped in entertainment, arts, diversity, food, and ocean views. Drawbacks are high costs and traffic.
Affordable alternative to Bay Area with waterfront living and easy access to Napa vineyards and nature.
In California's Central Valley with a low cost of living. Provides convenient access to several national parks.
Also in the Central Valley. Known for its agriculture, parks, and outdoor recreation opportunities nearby.
Upscale oceanfront community in Orange County with cozy artist vibes, secluded coves, and village charm.
Popular desert resort city offering warm winters, stylish mid-century architecture and great golfing. San Luis Obispo - Laidback Centra