High home values, sizable incomes, and low unemployment rates place Bay Area communities high on the list of the best places to live in the Golden State.
Ranked 345 in California cities using seven criteria to determine the state’s best places to call home. Contra Costa County’s San Ramon took the No. 1 spot, scoring a perfect 100 on the study’s scale. With a median home value of $754,700 and a median annual household income of $128,916, San Ramon is noted for being the location of Chevron and 24 Hour Fitness corporate headquarters, as well as the West Coast headquarters of AT&T.
The East Bay claims five of the top 10 spots on SmartAsset’s list. Alameda County’s Dublin (No. 3), Pleasanton (tied for No. 5), and Fremont (No. 9) benefit from their proximity to San Francisco and its thriving job market. No. 10 Hercules, in Contra Costa County, has the most affordable housing of the top cities, with a median home value of $395,800.
Silicon Valley also had two cities make the top 10. No. 4 Foster City has the fewest number of residents without health insurance — 2.8 percent. Best known for being the home of Apple’s headquarters, No. 7 Cupertino earns points for its median household income of $141,953.
Source: Pacific Union