8 Best Places to Live in California 

Eight of California's best places to live provide distinct benefits:  

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Irvine is a family-friendly community with minimal crime and great healthcare due to its planned city layout, parks, and bicycle paths.   

Irvine  

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Known as Silicon Valley's origin, Palo Alto has top corporations and Stanford University. The area boasts a vibrant arts scene, top schools, and outdoor activities at Bylands Nature Preserve (WorldAtlas).  

Stanford  

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Santa Monica combines city and beach life with its famous beaches and pier. The area offers great shopping at Third Street Promenade, different cuisine, and outdoor activities in beaches and parks (Prevu).  

Santa Monica  

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Carlsbad, in northern San Diego County, has a high level of living, excellent schools, and gorgeous beaches. It offers a vibrant community and diverse leisure possibilities, such as parks and festivals (Realoq).  

Carlsba  

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Outdoor enthusiasts will love this Nevada County hamlet for hiking, skiing, and fishing. WorldAtlas describes it as a lovely small-town with proximity to significant sceneries like Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake.  

Truckee  

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Pasadena, north-east of Los Angeles, has historic neighbourhoods, a strong artistic scene, and great schools.   

Pasadena  

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Tech giants Intel and Nvidia are in Santa Clara, Silicon Valley. Excellent schools, parks, and cultural scene with museums and festivals are available (Realoq).  

Santa Clara  

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"Surf City USA," Huntington Beach is known for its vibrant beach culture, huge park system, and busy downtown.   

Huntington Beach  

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