Believe it or not, America has the best colleges in the world. It's been proven by data (and surveys) that the U.S. educational system is of the highest quality
It's actually not even close and California is home to a handful of them.
While we could debate which colleges within the are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.
Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in California are the best.
You know, the type of places where there's energy and stimulation, but the type of place you can walk around at night. The happiest, chillest, most downright fun places where you can send your kids off to college where you won't break the bank, or worry about their well being.
Without further ado, here are the best college towns in California for 2020.
While some of these may not seem like a 'real' college town per se, when you look at the numbers, it's hard to argue against.
And for those who live in Davis, San Luis Obispo and Pasadena - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Davis ranks in terms of the best college town in America.
Finally, if you live in Laguna Beach, CA - it's officially the worst college town in California. Sorry, Laguna Beach!
Read on to find out more or for more on California check out:
Davis formerly Davisville is a city in the U.S. state of California and the most populous city in Yolo County. It had a population of 65,622 in 2010, not including the on-campus population of the University of California, Davis, which was over 9,400 in 2016. The city is a suburb of California's capital, Sacramento.
Colleges: University of California-Davis
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. The population was 45,119 at the 2010 census. The population of San Luis Obispo County was 269,637 in 2010.
Colleges: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, Cuesta College, Central California School of Continuing Education
Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.
Colleges: Pasadena City College, Art Center College of Design, California Institute of Technology
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. It is named after the 18th-century Anglo-Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley. It borders the cities of Oakland and Emeryville to the south and the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington to the north. Its eastern border with Contra Costa County generally follows the ridge of the Berkeley Hills. The 2010 census recorded a population of 112,580.
Colleges: University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley City College, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County in the U.S. state of California. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city has been promoted as the "American Riviera". As of 2014, the city had an estimated population of 91,196, up from 88,410 in 2010, making it the second most populous city in the county after Santa Maria while the contiguous urban area, which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated regions of Isla Vista, Montecito, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and others, has an approximate population of 220,000. The population of the entire county in 2010 was 423,895.
Colleges: University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College
San Marcos is a city in the North County region of San Diego County in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 83,781. It is the site of California State University San Marcos. The city is bordered by Escondido to the east, Encinitas to the southwest, Carlsbad to the west, and Vista to the northwest. Lake San Marcos is an enclave, or county island, in the southwestern part of the city, within San Marcos' sphere of influence but technically an unincorporated community.
Colleges: Palomar College, California State University-San Marcos, Palomar Institute of Cosmetology
Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257. It is the 36th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California. Long Beach is the second largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and the third largest in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego.
Colleges: California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach City College, John Wesley International Barber and Beauty College
Colleges: Stanford University
Irvine is a master-planned city in Orange County, California, United States. The Irvine Company started developing the area in the 1960s and the city was formally incorporated on December 28, 1971. The 66-square-mile city had a population of 212,375 as of the 2010 census; in 2016 the city's population was 258,386.
Colleges: University of California-Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Brandman University
Turlock is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. Its estimated 2015 population of 72,292 made it the second-largest city in Stanislaus County after Modesto.
Colleges: California State University-Stanislaus, Adrian's College of Beauty Turlock
To crunch our data on California's best college towns, we had to first decide which qualities (or rankings) make sense to use in the data, and then crunch the numbers for our rankings.
First off, we firmly decided that only cities with a 4 year college should make the cut -- so there has to be at least one college granting bachelors degrees in town.
You might be surprised to hear that there are only 70 places in California with an institution of higher learning with that criteria.
We ranked each city across each of the criteria, with one being the best.
We rolled up the individual scores into the category and ranked them again based on the category.
Finally, we took the average rank across each category, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best College Town In California For 2020".
And it looks like Davis placed Summa Cum Laude.
If you're looking for the best college towns in California, you came to the right place.
These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.
If you're curious, these are the worst college towns in California, starting with the absolute worst, Laguna Beach:
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|5||Santa Barbara, CA||91325|
|6||San Marcos, CA||94709|
|7||Long Beach, CA||468883|
|12||Santa Ana, CA||333499|
|14||Santa Cruz, CA||64273|
|20||San Jose, CA||1026658|
|21||San Francisco, CA||870044|
|24||San Diego, CA||1401932|
|31||Los Angeles, CA||3959657|
|33||San Dimas, CA||34239|
|34||Santa Maria, CA||105483|
|36||San Rafael, CA||58939|
|37||La Mirada, CA||48974|
|42||Santa Clara, CA||126209|
|44||La Verne, CA||32358|
|45||Santa Paula, CA||30258|
|48||Santa Monica, CA||92078|
|51||San Bernardino, CA||215182|
|53||Costa Mesa, CA||113198|
|54||Los Alamitos, CA||11628|
|56||Thousand Oaks, CA||128481|
|57||Signal Hill, CA||11538|
|58||Beverly Hills, CA||34362|
|63||Santa Clarita, CA||209478|
|70||Laguna Beach, CA||23147|