The northern city of Stockton took a hard hit in the recession and led the nation in foreclosures. Now that it is recovering and the downtown area is being revitalized, young families are drawn to the low cost of living compared to the rest of the state. Especially given that it is less than two hours from San Francisco. Agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution are major industries in the area. Five high schools have been recognized as top schools. Stockton’s big downside is a crime rate much higher than the state or national average. People moving to the area also need to remember that is still transitioning from a period of time in which it made Forbes “Worst Places to Live” list. It is far from perfect, even as the 98th “Best Place to Live,” but as it continues to rebound, costs will rise.