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Best places to raise a family in California

  • Best places to raise a family in California
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    Best places to raise a family in California

    For the majority of people, there comes a moment in time when the prerequisites for a place to call home drastically change. This usually happens while planning to have children or shortly after the little ones arrive. Priorities dramatically shift, often prompting a move to a new home or even a new city. Cutting-edge restaurants and hipster cocktail bars suddenly take a backseat to excellent schools and plenty of playgrounds.

    So where exactly are the best places to raise a family in California? Stacker has collected data from Niche’s 2018 best places to raise a family rankings to determine where children are most likely to thrive. The rankings measure the appeal of an area based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, affordability, and access to family-friendly amenities.

    To create this list, Niche used data from several databases, including the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Niche’s own proprietary data and community reviews. The data includes the area’s population, median home value, median rent, median household income, and the percentage of households with children. It also takes into consideration the national average for median home value—$184,700, median rent—$949, and median household income—$55,322.

    Read on to find out where to consider moving if you are raising a family in California.

    ALSO: Best commutes in California

  • #25. Sabre Springs—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #25. Sabre Springs—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 14,509
    Median home value: $544,644
    Median rent: $2,363
    Median household income: $117,491
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #24. San Ramon—town in California
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    #24. San Ramon—town in California

    Population: 74,366
    Median home value: $810,700
    Median rent: $1,987
    Median household income: $134,188
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #23. Saratoga—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #23. Saratoga—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 30,830
    Median home value: $1,742,900
    Median rent: $2,410
    Median household income: $169,579
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #22. Moraga—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #22. Moraga—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 16,977
    Median home value: $971,700
    Median rent: $1,909
    Median household income: $136,336
    Percentage of households with children: 17%

  • #21. Orinda—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #21. Orinda—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 18,936
    Median home value: $1,125,000
    Median rent: $2,337
    Median household income: $178,704
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #20. La Cañada Flintridge—suburb of Los Angeles, CA
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    #20. La Cañada Flintridge—suburb of Los Angeles, CA

    Population: 20,477
    Median home value: $1,207,900
    Median rent: $2,000
    Median household income: $158,438
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #19. Hillsborough—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #19. Hillsborough—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 11,312
    Median home value: $2,000,001
    Median rent: $2,483
    Median household income: $216,292
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #18. Torrey Pines—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #18. Torrey Pines—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 11,577
    Median home value: $1,038,470
    Median rent: $2,014
    Median household income: $107,517
    Percentage of households with children: 15%

  • #17. Torrey Highlands—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #17. Torrey Highlands—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 22,008
    Median home value: $892,934
    Median rent: $2,226
    Median household income: $153,300
    Percentage of households with children: 26%

  • #16. Loyola—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #16. Loyola—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 3,425
    Median home value: $2,000,001
    Median rent: $2,917
    Median household income: $204,726
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #15. Manhattan Beach—suburb of Los Angeles, CA
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    #15. Manhattan Beach—suburb of Los Angeles, CA

    Population: 35,573
    Median home value: $1,537,200
    Median rent: $2,232
    Median household income: $144,868
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #14. Palo Alto—town in California
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    #14. Palo Alto—town in California

    Population: 66,649
    Median home value: $1,702,100
    Median rent: $2,283
    Median household income: $137,043
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #13. Los Altos—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #13. Los Altos—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 30,238
    Median home value: $2,000,001
    Median rent: $2,611
    Median household income: $187,656
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #12. Presidio of San Francisco—neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
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    #12. Presidio of San Francisco—neighborhood in San Francisco, CA

    Population: 3,828
    Median home value: $2,000,001
    Median rent: $3,001
    Median household income: $175,259
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #11. Mountain View—town in California
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    #11. Mountain View—town in California

    Population: 78,827
    Median home value: $973,000
    Median rent: $1,912
    Median household income: $109,249
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #10. West Menlo Park—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #10. West Menlo Park—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 3,830
    Median home value: $1,664,200
    Median rent: $2,342
    Median household income: $180,192
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #9. Black Mountain Ranch—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #9. Black Mountain Ranch—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 35,971
    Median home value: $811,839
    Median rent: $2,034
    Median household income: $136,720
    Percentage of households with children: 27%

  • #8. Ross—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #8. Ross—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 2,381
    Median home value: $2,000,001
    Median rent: $2,266
    Median household income: $199,107
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #7. Albany—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #7. Albany—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 19,420
    Median home value: $697,600
    Median rent: $1,653
    Median household income: $85,458
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #6. Carmel Valley—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #6. Carmel Valley—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 51,084
    Median home value: $872,380
    Median rent: $2,326
    Median household income: $145,009
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #5. Pacific Highlands Ranch—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #5. Pacific Highlands Ranch—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 10,694
    Median home value: $1,018,587
    Median rent: $1,804
    Median household income: $165,864
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #4. Los Altos Hills—suburb of San Francisco, CA
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    #4. Los Altos Hills—suburb of San Francisco, CA

    Population: 8,376
    Median home value: $2,000,001
    Median rent: $1,962
    Median household income: $243,701
    Percentage of households with children: 17%

  • #3. Torrey Hills—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #3. Torrey Hills—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 15,549
    Median home value: $987,331
    Median rent: $2,333
    Median household income: $144,432
    Percentage of households with children: 27%

  • #2. Via de la Valle—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #2. Via de la Valle—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 2,764
    Median home value: $1,390,854
    Median rent: $2,757
    Median household income: $144,679
    Percentage of households with children: 13%

  • #1. Del Mar Mesa—neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    #1. Del Mar Mesa—neighborhood in San Diego, CA

    Population: 19,719
    Median home value: $890,535
    Median rent: $2,522
    Median household income: $147,356
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

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