These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In California For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in California go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in California definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in California where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Golden State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 416 largest places in California, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in California for 2018:

  1. Blythe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Twentynine Palms (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Arvin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Woodlake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Parlier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Farmersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. California City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lindsay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Wasco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Corcoran (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Live Oak (the most expensive place in California) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about California and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Golden State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In California
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in California to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 416 places in California that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Blythe, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 20,658
Services: 96
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 105
Housing: 84
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 106
More on Blythe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Blythe is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Palo Verde Valley of the Lower Colorado River Valley region, an agricultural area and part of the Colorado Desert along the Colorado River. Blythe was named after Thomas H. Blythe, a San Francisco financier, who established primary water rights to the Colorado River in the region in 1877. The city was incorporated on July 21, 1916. The population was 20,817 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,531
Services: 96
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 105
Housing: 92
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 106
More on Twentynine Palms: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Twentynine Palms is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It was previously called Twenty-Nine Palms.

Arvin, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 19,298
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 65
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on Arvin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Arvin is a city in Kern County, California. Arvin is located 15 miles southeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 449 feet. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,304, up from 12,956 at the 2000 census.

Woodlake, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,289
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 66
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on Woodlake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodlake is a city in the San Joaquin Valley in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 7,279 at the 2010 census, up from 6,651 at the 2000 census.

The city has approved two companies cannabis dispensary proposals in hopes of generating tax revenue for the public service budget.

Parlier, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,439
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 68
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on Parlier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parlier is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 14,494, up from 11,145 in 2000. The city has one of the state’s highest percentage of Latinos, a large majority of whom are seasonal migrant laborers who arrive and temporarily work in the area’s agricultural sector. Parlier is located 5.5 miles east-southeast of Selma, at an elevation of 344 feet.

Farmersville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,547
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 69
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on Farmersville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmersville is a city in the San Joaquin Valley in Tulare County, California, United States, just to the east of Visalia, California. The population was 10,588 at the 2010 census, up from 8,737 at the 2000 census.

California City, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 13,361
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 71
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on California City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

California City is a city incorporated in 1965 in the northern Antelope Valley in Kern County, California, 65 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. The population was 14,120 at the 2010 census making California City the 331st largest city in the state by population. Covering 203.631 square miles, the city is the third largest city in the state by area.

Lindsay, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,110
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 71
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on Lindsay: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lindsay is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 11,768 at the 2010 census. Lindsay is located southeast of Visalia and north of Porterville and is considered part of the Visalia-Porterville Metropolitan Area and the Porterville Urban Area by the United States Census Bureau.

Wasco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,541
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 75
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on Wasco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wasco is a city in the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, California, United States. Wasco is located 24 miles northwest of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 328 feet. The population was 25,545 at the 2010 census, up from 21,263 at the 2000 census.

Corcoran, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 24,429
Services: 100
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 102
Housing: 76
Transportation: 115
Utilities: 119
More on Corcoran: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Corcoran is a city in Kings County, California, United States. Corcoran is located 17 miles south-southeast of Hanford, at an elevation of 207ft. It is part of the Hanford-Corcoran Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 24,813, up from 14,458. The California Department of Finance estimated that Corcoran’s population was 22,691 on January 1, 2016.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. California Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in California, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in California according to the data:

  1. Live Oak
  2. Truckee
  3. Auburn

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In California

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Blythe 42.5 20,658 96 98 105
2 Twentynine Palms 45.75 25,531 96 98 105
3 Arvin 90.75 19,298 100 106 102
4 Woodlake 90.92 7,289 100 106 102
5 Parlier 91.17 14,439 100 106 102
6 Farmersville 91.42 10,547 100 106 102
7 California City 91.92 13,361 100 106 102
8 Lindsay 91.92 12,110 100 106 102
9 Wasco 92.58 25,541 100 106 102
10 Corcoran 92.83 24,429 100 106 102
11 Shafter 93.17 16,940 100 106 102
12 Huron 93.17 6,740 100 106 102
13 Delano 93.58 52,618 100 106 102
14 Orange Cove 93.58 9,166 100 106 102
15 Avenal 94.17 15,341 100 106 102
16 Porterville 94.92 54,038 100 106 102
17 Dinuba 95.75 21,857 100 106 102
18 Tehachapi 96.83 14,168 100 106 102
19 Taft 97.33 9,264 100 106 102
20 Sanger 97.75 24,120 100 106 102
21 Selma 99.33 23,251 100 106 102
22 Coalinga 99.33 15,854 100 106 102
23 Tulare 100.17 59,117 100 106 102
24 Exeter 100.5 10,324 100 106 102
25 Ridgecrest 100.92 27,776 100 106 102
26 Reedley 101.5 24,304 100 106 102
27 Fresno 102.92 495,777 100 106 102
28 Visalia 103.42 123,905 100 106 102
29 Hanford 103.83 53,695 100 106 102
30 Bakersfield 103.83 347,091 100 106 102
31 Guadalupe 104.5 7,021 100 106 102
32 Lemoore 104.5 24,431 100 106 102
33 Fowler 105.42 5,655 100 106 102
34 Susanville 105.75 17,384 112 110 101
35 Kingsburg 107.58 11,345 100 106 102
36 Lompoc 110.25 42,373 100 106 102
37 Clovis 110.92 95,431 100 106 102
38 Santa Maria 113.92 98,715 100 106 102
39 Mendota 122.08 11,032 104 110 103
40 Firebaugh 122.83 7,639 104 110 103
41 Gustine 123.17 5,518 104 110 103
42 Atwater 125.42 28,153 104 110 103
43 Merced 125.83 78,953 104 110 103
44 Newman 126.67 10,229 104 110 103
45 Atascadero 127.58 28,441 100 106 102
46 Chowchilla 127.75 18,427 104 110 103
47 Kerman 129.17 13,544 104 110 103
48 Madera 129.17 61,151 104 110 103
49 Grover Beach 129.58 13,194 100 106 102
50 Los Banos 130.25 35,835 104 110 103
51 Ceres 130.25 45,086 104 110 103
52 King City 131.42 12,814 104 110 103
53 Livingston 131.83 13,146 104 110 103
54 Modesto 133.83 201,986 104 110 103
55 Arroyo Grande 135.5 17,284 100 106 102
56 Patterson 135.83 20,113 104 110 103
57 Calipatria 136.58 7,532 108 108 96
58 Morro Bay 137.17 10,282 100 106 102
59 Hughson 137.5 6,581 104 110 103
60 Turlock 137.5 68,576 104 110 103
61 Soledad 138.0 25,892 104 110 103
62 San Luis Obispo 138.5 45,328 100 106 102
63 Greenfield 138.75 16,242 104 110 103
64 Holtville 139.0 5,948 108 108 96
65 Gonzales 139.92 8,171 104 110 103
66 Brawley 140.08 24,971 108 108 96
67 El Centro 141.42 42,514 108 108 96
68 Calexico 141.92 38,193 108 108 96
69 Pittsburg 142.25 63,612 104 110 103
70 Carpinteria 142.67 13,100 100 106 102
71 Pismo Beach 144.08 7,721 100 106 102
72 Antioch 144.25 102,575 104 110 103
73 Lancaster 145.58 155,496 105 106 109
74 Solvang 145.75 5,261 100 106 102
75 Salinas 145.83 150,634 104 110 103
76 Tracy 147.5 82,481 104 110 103
77 Goleta 147.58 29,862 100 106 102
78 Imperial 147.67 14,689 108 108 96
79 Ripon 147.92 14,268 104 110 103
80 Palmdale 148.42 151,841 105 106 109
81 Hollister 149.25 35,140 104 110 103
82 Cudahy 150.08 23,867 105 106 109
83 Watsonville 152.0 50,945 104 110 103
84 Santa Barbara 152.75 88,572 100 106 102
85 Compton 153.67 96,561 105 106 109
86 Maywood 155.92 27,487 105 106 109
87 Marina 156.67 19,779 104 110 103
88 Paramount 157.5 54,255 105 106 109
89 Bell Gardens 158.5 42,323 105 106 109
90 Bell 158.5 35,619 105 106 109
91 Barstow 158.67 22,836 104 109 104
92 Lynwood 158.75 69,871 105 106 109
93 Huntington Park 159.25 58,419 105 106 109
94 South Gate 159.25 94,703 105 106 109
95 Adelanto 159.5 31,040 104 109 104
96 Baldwin Park 160.5 75,650 105 106 109
97 Hemet 160.67 78,833 104 109 104
98 Brentwood 161.0 50,764 104 110 103
99 Desert Hot Springs 161.25 26,474 104 109 104
100 Seaside 162.08 33,050 104 110 103

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