David Cross
Content Editor


California is a large state which more than 38 million people call home. But which places within its borders are the best? As part of an ongoing series to find the best spots to live in each of the 50 states, Movoto Real Estate is taking our Saturday Night Science to the West Coast.

What did we find? Was San Francisco the best place in California, as we'd assumed? Did Los Angeles make our top 10? Nope. When we tallied the numbers, the City of Orange took home the top prize. Still, this Southern Californian city had some stiff competition. Here are the 10 best places in California-the shiniest spots in The Golden State:

1. City of Orange
2. City of Placentia
3. City of Irvine