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11 Cheapest Places to Live in California

California, with its moderate climate, scenic beauty and famous attractions, is often regarded as a particularly expensive place to live. Many people dream of living in the Golden State, and may think it’s unattainable. There are, however, some cities and towns within the state that offer reasonably priced and comfortable options. California has more choices than you may think. While affordability was the main factor in selecting the places on this list, we also put the importance on desirable and safe communities. With that in mind, here are 11 of the cheapest places to live in California.

1) Avenal

Avenal is a particularly affordable city in Kings County, California. Considering that California’s average cost of living is 135 compared to the national average of 100, it is perhaps remarkable that Avenal scores in at 95, while still having many amenities available to residents. Housing cost index is lower than the national average. Residents of the city can enjoy a variety of activities, including passing time at several parks and the local sport complex. Avenal also has a senior center for its older citizens. The ages of residents vary widely, encompassing everyone from children to seniors. Many of the people in Avenal have jobs in the agriculture industry, as well as at the state prison and the Reef-Sunset Unified School District.

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2) Oxnard

Oxnard is located in Southern California, along the coast. The cost of living index in this city, 129, although higher than the national average, is lower than California’s average of 135. The primary area of high expenses here is housing, with the median house or condo value sitting at over $400,000. The median household income, meanwhile, falls just under $60,000. This city is a particularly attractive spot for beach lovers, as the coast offers several sandy stretches complete with wildlife and a rich flora. There are also several museums to capture the attention of people with different interests. Additionally, there are various shopping venues where you can buy whatever you may need.

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3) Yuba City

Yuba City is a relatively cheap place to live in the state of California, especially in terms of housing prices. The median house or condo value in Yuba is $234,000, which is much lower than California’s overall median of almost $450,000. The median household income in this city falls a little under $50,000. Overall, including aspects such as goods, health care, utilities, and more, Yuba City has a cost of living index of 120 compared to the national standard of 100 and California’s overall score of 135. The population here is about 65,000 residents. The city has attractions such as its annual California Swan Festival and a community memorial museum. This city houses the Sunsweet Growers Headquarters, which is the largest dried fruit processing plant globally, and also one of the top employers in the area.

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4) Murrieta

Murrieta is a city located about 100 miles away from the major city of Los Angeles. The city has an overall cost of living index of 126 compared to California’s 135, so it is reasonably affordable. The median home value is lower than that of California overall, at $372,300. Interestingly, however, the median household income exceeds that of the state overall, at almost $75,000. Unemployment in Murrieta is also at a lower rate than California’s average rate. The most common industries in this city are retail and manufacturing. Some of the significant attractions here include parks and ranches. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, for instance, is a fantastic place to spend some time surrounded by natural flora and fauna. Additionally, there are several places to go out to eat and hang out with friends and family.

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