10 Cheapest Places to live in California.

Finding a place to live and maybe buy a house can be hard. If you are thinking about California and don’t need to be in one of the major cities, this list is for you.  Nobody wants a giant mortgage but in most of California, that is what you are going to get.

California is one the richest states in the nation not just economically speaking either, it’s rich in natural beauty to the weather the beaches mountains and all that cosmetic surgery makes California beautiful.

California is a highly desirable place to live and that’s a fact and it shows by the cost of living and housing prices. Today’s list is not about San Francisco, It’s about places in California that still might be considered a cheap place to live at least by California standards.

I’ll spread it out with places that are nice, inexpensive compared to the rest of California.

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10. 29 Palms California

29 Palms was named after the Palm tres found there in 1852 by Colonel Henry Washington, he decides to do a Little surveying in the área and found some tres a whole lot of dirt and rocks the town of almost twenty-six thousand resident sits just outside the Joshua Tree National Park they also have the Marine Corps Air Group combat center at 29 palms or just 29 palms. Palms is 33 percent lower than California’s average which’s Pretty Good. That’s a low number and it’s seven percent lower than the national average. 29 Palms housing is 25 percent lower than the national average you can get a house here for a low as 150,000 you probably won’t want that house but it’s there for you if you want to get a better house probably the nices ones start of around 250 and go all the way up to 350 maybe most of them don’t have lawns because this place is desert and dry but you might be lucky if you have a Bush.

9. Blythe California

Blythe California is what you get when you combine desert and retirees on a fixed income the good news is it’s cheap to live here the city was incorporated on July 21st 1916 the population was 20 thousand at the 2010 census and they think it’s dropped a little bit, they are not really sure how much we’ll find out in a year, so when this census is over Blythe is in the Colorado desert which is part  of  the Sonora desert, yes it is in California and it’s called the Colorado desert the Colorado River flows just east of town, so it sort of makes sense blights housing is 30 percent lower than the national average and the cost of living is 34 percent lower than California’s average and the cost of living is 8 percent lower than the national average in Blythe you can get a home, you don’t want for under $150,000 and get one you probably do want for $225,000 they have a bunch of mobile homes here and what’s weird is they have a bunch of homes that they aren’t mobile homes but they look like they are, it’s like they design them that way.

8. Chowchilla California

Chowchilla is in between Merced and Fresno Merced. Chowchilla also has the valley state prison real close and I think people would rather mention that they live near a prison than near Fresno. Chowchilla isn’t a terrible place, it gets hot and it has some crime. It’s not as bad as the cost of living might make you think Chile’s crime rate is actually 36 percent lower than California’s average the cost of living in Chowchilla is 30 cents lower than California’s average and 2% lower than the national average the real estate prices are about 63% lower here than the California average houses. In general, this is a really good place to live.

7. Gustine

Gustine is a Little town between San Jose and Merced If you are looking at a map. Gustine has about 6,000 residents and it’s the type of place where you could drive up and down the interstate five for years and not realize that this town just a few miles off the interstate.

6.  Firebaugh

Firebaugh got its name from a guy who ran a ferry that crossed the San Joaquin River back in the day the thing is that’s not even how you spell his name so many people misspelled his name it kind of stuck. The cost of living in Firebaugh is 35% lower than California’s average and a percent lower than the national average, Firebaugh housing is actually 32 percent lower than the national average most al lof the houses go for in between 200 and 250 thousand now they have a few that are higher but all the ones that are for sale right now.

5. El Centro

El Centro California down near the Mexico border east of San Diego. If you like warm weather El Centro has plenty of t for you, this is a farming city, it was a farming town but now the metro área has over 160,000 residents, so it’s a farming city. This city is right in the middle of miles and miles of farmland and desert. this place draws thousands of visitors every single year. The cost of living in El Centro is 30 percent lower than California’s average and 2 percent lower than the national average the housing is 14 percent lower than the national average and it’s a great place to live.

4.  Atwater

Atwater California the railroad reached Atwater in 1870 and the town grew from there that the first post office opened up in 1880 and Atwater was incorporated in 1922. The cost of living in Atwater is 30% lower than California’s average and 2% lower than the national average, the housing is 11% lower than the national average so this is a good place to live, they do have some crime it’s 59 percent higher than the national average but that’s nothing.

3. Rosemont

Rosemont California is about an hour outside of Los Angeles just north of Lancaster our thing is technically correct but unless you live on the outskirts of LA. The cost of living in Rosamond is twenty-four percent lower than California’s average and it’s even with the national average the housing is 11 percent lower than the national average which is good in Rosemont.

2. Alturas

Alturas California, if so you should probably move to this Little town in the north-eastern corner of California, this is one of those towns that probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the train back in the day. The cost of living in Alturas is 34 percent lower than California’s average and it’s about eight percent lower than the national average all tourist housing is actually 41 percent lower than the national average now. You could buy a livable home for under $100,000 it might need a little work but they look nice, a really nice house starts at about 220,000.

1.Susanville

Susanville California about two hours south of all tourist near Eagle lake you have  Susanville like Alturas if you want to cut down on unannonced visitors move here. The Cost of living in Susanville is 30% lower than the California average and about two percent lower than the national average housing here is 15 percent lower than the national average this is a great place to live it’s really nice they have houses for sale on Eagle lake or just a short walk off the lake from 50 to $150,000. This is a nice place to live, It’s an hour and a half from Reno Nevada.

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