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COMPARE CITIES FOR California


Compare city quality of life facts and figures for some of the best places to retire in California.

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California Cities
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City Type
City Type West Coast, College Town, Wine Country Lakes & Rivers, Wine Country Mountains, Golf Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, Casinos West Coast, College Town, Wine Country West Coast West Coast, Mountains, Wine Country Mountains, National Parks na
Population (2013 est.)
Population (Current) 28,294 79,068 46,281 21,387 46,377 87,273 12,013 3,863 74,624
Population (1990) 31,954 61,842 40,181 21,585 41,958 66,643 8,886 3,475 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 8 18 94 10 13 24 6 2 36
Persons Per Square Mile 3,537 4,393 492 2,139 3,567 3,636 2,002 1,932 2,065
Home Prices
2016 $671,209 $622,622 $403,962 $417,076 $602,680 $2,017,544 $1,054,281 $326,169 $374,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '16) 42.9% 74.1% 90.8% 51.7% 91.0% 158.6% 58.2% 38.5% 55.0%
Annual Appreciation ('15 to '16) 0.2% 4.0% 9.3% 8.4% 11.2% 13.6% 2.7% 2.0% 4.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '16) 2.4% 3.8% 4.4% 2.8% 4.4% 6.5% 3.1% 2.4% 3.0%
Big City Prices ('16) $1,005,000 $838,000 $503,000 $309,000 $503,000 $745,000 $838,000 $309,000 $291,000
Bargain Index 54% 60% 65% 109% 97% 219% 102% 85% 104%
Big City San Jose San Francisco Bay area Los Angeles Reno Los Angeles Anaheim-Santa Ana San Francisco Bay area Reno na
Monthly Rent $2,183 $2,349 $1,672 $1,594 $2,027 $2,497 $3,297 $1,546 $1,471
Price/Rent Index 20.6 17.8 16.2 17.6 20.0 54.3 21.5 14.2 17.1
Cost of Living (2016)
Cost of Living 162% 160% 120% 120% 151% 324% 231% 108% 110%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2015)
Good Days 94% 79% 13% 67% 54% 34% 79% 64% 71%
Moderate Days 5% 21% 49% 23% 41% 59% 20% 30% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 0% 1% 28% 9% 6% 6% 1% 4% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 9% 1% 0% 1% 0% 2% 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good 7% 5% 47% 28% 22% 2% 5% 2% 36%
Threatened 0% 14% 20% 3% 0% 11% 9% 7% 2%
Impaired 93% 82% 34% 70% 78% 87% 86% 91% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 50 45 34 38 50 46 84 86 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 75 miles 42 miles 54 miles 61 miles 122 miles 12 miles 30 miles 204 miles 72 miles
City San Jose Oakland San Bernardino Reno Bakersfield Irvine San Francisco Reno na
Recreation
National Parks 14 13 2 1 3 6 15 5 7
National Campgrounds 5 13 37 106 15 64 3 96 26
State Parks 30 18 5 18 10 14 63 1 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 1 3 2 1 3 10 3 1 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2015 3 98 121 29 151 99 17 8 324
2014 2 26 194 28 139 84 13 7 312
Gain ('14 to '15) 50% 277% -38% 4% 9% 18% 31% 14% 3%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 37 37 52 36 27 44 43 39 37
White 78.3% 75.1% 75.7% 73.5% 84.5% 89.0% 75.8% 73.9% 80.7%
Black or African American 2.8% 0.6% 4.4% 0.9% 1.2% 1.2% 0.7% 0.6% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5% 0.8% 1.0% 1.1% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 2.3% 0.8%
Asian 7.9% 2.3% 4.4% 5.5% 5.2% 2.9% 4.3% 1.6% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Other Race 5.0% 17.2% 11.1% 15.1% 4.4% 3.0% 15.1% 18.6% 4.4%
Multiple Races 5.1% 3.7% 3.1% 3.7% 4.0% 3.1% 3.4% 2.9% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 13.7% 37.6% 25.3% 31.1% 14.7% 10.1% 31.5% 30.9% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $75,482 $73,392 $51,920 $52,253 $74,080 $153,446 $114,107 $62,813 $69,596
Occupied Housing 90% 93% 65% 59% 93% 88% 94% 91% 83%
Vacant Housing 10% 7% 35% 41% 7% 12% 6% 9% 17%
Home Ownership 36% 57% 59% 39% 39% 55% 71% 39% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.80 3.30 2.80 3.10 2.80 2.80 3.20 3.10 2.90
Taxes (2016)
Local and State 8.3% 8.3% 8.3% 8.3% 8.3% 8.3% 8.3% 8.3% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 121 days 121 days 121 days 121 days 121 days 121 days 121 days 121 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Temperate & Dry Temperate & Dry Warm & Dry Cool & Dry Temperate & Dry Temperate & Dry Temperate & Dry Cool & Dry Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 43 F 39 F 44 F 15 F 42 F 48 F 43 F 19 F 27 F
July High Temp 68 F 83 F 108 F 79 F 80 F 71 F 65 F 83 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 20 in 27 in 5 in 20 in 24 in 12 in 28 in 13 in 35 in
Elevation 385 ft 35 ft 425 ft 6,254 ft 315 ft 10 ft 16 ft 6,797 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Higher Higher Higher Higher Higher Higher Higher Higher Moderate
Earthquake 70% 90% 100% 70% 40% 80% 80% 90% 10.9%
Tsunami Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk Risk No Risk Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Flood Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High
Tornado Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Low
Volcano No Risk Low Ash Fall Low Ash Fall High Ash Fall No Risk Low Ash Fall Low Ash Fall High Volcanic No Risk
Wildfire High High High High High High Low High Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2015)
Violent Crimes 56 36 71 61 35 15 16 65 40
Property Crimes 395 246 613 237 402 280 190 383 408
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 3,092 2,689 951 8,300 2,138 1,719 3,754 6,513 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 74 529 4,224 38 476 543 11 281 1,253
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