10 Cheapest Places to Live in California (USA)

Bakersfield

With a median home price of just $254,430, Bakersfield is a surprisingly cheap place to live in California.

Stockton

The notorious boom and bust town of Stockton, CA continues to offer cheaper house deals. Those could get even cheaper before the market recovers.

Fresno

Located between Stockton and Bakersfield is Fresno. It’s a great base for those who love Yosemite National park and all of its forests.

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Clovis

Clovis is just outside of Fresno and one of the cheapest places to live in California.

Sacramento

Sacramento is the state capital. As the rest of California and its most famous cities have become more expensive, so have house prices here.

Fontana

Find Fontana in San Bernardino County, CA. It’s right between Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga. Proximity to lots of natural outdoor activities and on the road to Downtown LA provide a fantastic balance for those who want more out of life.

Chico

Back up in Butte County, Northern Californian Chico offers a city rich in history, museums, kids oriented activities and is even further north than Sacramento for those who like cooler weather.

Eureka

Eureka is a city on the Northern California coast between Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA. It does not have a very good reputation for safety, though crime rates did reportedly decline in 2017 and 2018, according to MacroTrends.

Clearlake

Situated on the shores of Clear Lake—the largest natural freshwater lake in California—this small town is great for nature lovers and is home to a flourishing wine scene.

Oxnard

Sacramento is arguably among the best places to live in California. The state capital is not only one of the most affordable places to live, but it also offers a vibrant getaway destination packed with fun things to do. 

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