11 Great Places to Live in California

These places in California have a little something for everyone and every kind of lifestyle.

A highway over the ocean in Big Sur, California.
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If you’re like me, being bicoastal means California and New York function as bookends balancing most life decisions. I’ve lived in both states, and while the West Coast is not always or necessarily better than the East Coast, when I leave my New York City apartment and land at SFO or LAX, I feel at home and energized. So much to see, do, experience and eat. 

Poised on the Pacific Rim and bordering Mexico, California contains a multitude of influences, accents, culinary traditions, topography, geography and sea levels. Once you make the decision to move to the Golden State, whether to retire in California or live your best career years, you can find a place to live with kindred spirits, one that fits your budget, suits your lifestyle and indulges your interests and hobbies. 

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