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Old 07-22-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Outside of Los Angeles
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It is hard to say which one is the best city to live in CA overall. It would depend on what a person wants out of life. This is such a broad and general question. Of all the areas in this state that I have visited my vote would go towards San Francisco. Why? Great air quality and it has just about all the good things that Los Angeles does with less traffic and it is easier to get around with no car, though it is a bit expensive to live there.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Tough question since there are so many great cities in California. I am biased but I love Los Angeles and Pasadena. There are just too many things to identify but one of the most important reason is that there are so many things to do. If you want it you got it in LA. Certainly San Francisco and San Diego have to be included in anyone's list of best cities though they are totally different and that's what makes them so interesting.

There are smaller cities that are real gems: La Jolla, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, Chico, Sonoma, Palm Springs. The beauty of their surroundings and charm make them favorites for many people. Lake Tahoe really isn't a city, per se but it also one of the most beautiful places in California.

Honorable mention: Newport Beach, San Clemente, Claremont, Palm Desert, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Eureka, Sonora, San Rafael, Ventura, Glendale, Rancho Santa Margarita, Del Mar, Huntington Beach, Carlsbad, Rancho Mirage, Novato, Berkeley, Los Altos.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:54 PM
 
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Ibid to what everyone else is saying. One of the great beauties of California is it is such a diverse state. You can find virtually any kind of locale you would call beautiful and like to live in. Warm beaches, cool beaches, rocky beaches, forested beaches, we have them all. If it's tree-covered mountain, snow-capped mountains and craggy peaks you desire, we have them. Our cities come in densities from packed to sprawling. We have hamlets, villages, ghost towns and unincorporated areas bigger than three of the original 13 American colonies. I've lived in Sacramento, San Mateo, Fremont, Monterey, Big Sur, and El Monte (SoCal) but of all those I chose San Francisco to buy a house. Well, the house chose me, but it's the same difference: here I am.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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I personally like Palmdale. I know it has its problems, but the city has a lot of potential to be great given its nice location up against the mountains.

To be honest, many of what most people consider to be the best cities (i.e. San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco) are overrated to me. I've been to all of them, and none of them really do anything for me.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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I would vote on El Segundo. It is a small city by the beach. The one negative is the airport noise. I moved from there in January to go to las Vegas. I miss it.
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