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.
- Blythe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Twentynine Palms (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Arvin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Woodlake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Parlier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- California City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lindsay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wasco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
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 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.
Twentynine Palms is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It was previously called Twenty-Nine Palms.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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:
- Live Oak
For more California reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In California
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In California For 2018
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In California
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In California
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