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Old 07-15-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Loleta, CA
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Recently I've been commuting to Yolo County (Woodland) from Butte County (Chico/Oroville) for work and I've noticed that it's actually quite nice down there. Ag is, of course, king, but there's also quite a lot of industry in Yolo County including several distribution centers for major retailers. The three major cities (West Sacramento, Davis, and Woodland) are all relatively pleasant, and financially the county is on pretty solid footing. I can't recall a single instance of someone recommending Yolo County as a place to live on this forum, but now that I've spent some time there I would feel comfortable recommending it and possibly even moving there (preferably Davis) myself if I needed to.

That said, what are some other underrated counties in your opinion? There are 58 counties in the state and focus only seems to be on a handful of them (Bay Area counties, Ventura, LA, Orange, SD, Sac, SLO, Monterey, and Santa Barbara), so what about the others? A friend is moving to Portola which is in Plumas County, and it seems like a very charming city (the only incorporated city in the county, actually, despite the county seat being Quincy) in the high Sierra not too far from Reno.

What do you guys think? Do some counties seem more underrated than others? Or vice versa?
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Trinity County (just east of Humboldt) seems to fly under the radar. Very scenic and mountainous. Many of the "Mother Lode" ones that aren't in the Sacramento Metro area do as well - Amador County on down to Mariposa County. I think the area on Hwy 49 from Oakhurst all the way up to about Jackson is my favorite part of the state.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Alpine county - the least populated county in CA!
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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When I read the title to this thread, I thought....Yolo County LOL! Then read your post about Yolo County. I lived in Woodland and in Davis.

Woodland has grown a lot since Cache Creek Indian Casino has grown from a dinky bingo house to a full fledged resort. Lots of casino workers in Woodland, driving up rents and housing prices. There's more crime in Woodland than Davis, but it's still pretty pleasant. The downtown has a lot of attractive Victorian houses.

I loved living in Davis. I actually sold my car and just biked around town. Safe. Good vibe with the university. Close enough to Sacto if you want to go.

I guess we mainly are steering people to where the jobs are, which is why the same counties come up. Or should I say, the good paying jobs. You can work for the university in Davis, but it's not known for huge salaries. You can work at the casino and live in Woodland, though that commute is a bear. Even still, the housing costs are high because of the demand with the students/casino workers in Davis/Woodland.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Where they serve real ale.
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I found it to be hot as a monkey's butt crack in the summer time in Yolo and West Sac.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I found it to be hot as a monkey's butt crack in the summer time in Yolo and West Sac.
Ah, yes, and a monkey living on jalapenos, to boot.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Wah, wah its so hot! That's what air conditioning is for. If I can handle Oroville (hotter) after over a decade in Monterey and Salinas anyone can handle Yolo County.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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Ventura County. Seems very underrated given its location.

Haven't spent any time there, but driving through on the 101 it's pretty.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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Ventura is nice and cheap enough for coastal property but it is a backwater town with little in the way of jobs. Still, if you want to live affordably on the coast it's about as good as it gets.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:08 AM
 
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While I think that there are many counties that have nice areas, I wouldn't broad-brush the whole county based on agreeable spots here and there. Butte County is a case in point. If I based my whole impression of the county on my experience in Chico, I'd say it's a very nice county. If I based my whole impression on my experience in Oroville, well...let's just say it wouldn't be the same.

Ventura Co. has similar disparities. Oxnard and Thousand Oaks are worlds apart.
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