Best Places to Retire in California

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State Overview

Many retirees have made their "California Dreaming" a reality, and decided to retire in California. With its endless coastline, abundant wildlife, and natural splendor, California is second to none in regards to the outdoors. From the sunny beaches of the southern part of the state, to the lush vineyards of the Napa valley, California has something to offer everyone who loves the outdoors. Active hikers, kyakers, surfers, and recreational fisherman find a multitude of options in nearly every part of the state. For those looking for more of an urban scene, countless cities each offer their own take on art, food, and culture. Although California isn't the most tax friendly and has a high cost of living, many retirees find that the benefits of such a diverse state outweigh its costs. Check out some of the best places to retire in California below!

State Facts

Demographics

Median Age:

35.2

Percent of people 65+:

11.4%

Median Household Income:

$ 61,489

Unemployment Rate:

5.8%

Geography

Region:

West

Capital:

Sacramento

Largest City:

Los Angeles

Largest City:

San Diego

Fun Facts

Nick Name:

The Golden State

State Mammal:

California Grizzly bear

State Food:

Avocado

State Song:

"I Love You, California"