If you were raised in Southern California, or are currently raising a family here, you are one of the lucky ones. Although there are many places here that are wonderful spots to call home, there are a few cities that really stand out as exceptional places to raise a family. Here’s a list of 12 cities in SoCal that might just be the perfect place for you if you’re looking for accessible housing prices, quality schools, job opportunities, safety, and a true sense of community. Did your city make the list?
1. Rancho Santa Margarita
Rancho Santa Margarita is a master planned community located in Orange County. It's a smaller city that prides itself on being a safe and beautiful place to live while also being community oriented.
A city in San Diego County with highly ranked schools and affordable housing. With tons of recreational areas and parks for biking and playing, this city is perfect for a family who values the outdoors.
Located in Ventura County, Moorpark is considered one of the safest places to live in this area due to its low crime rates. Moorpark is a family-centric city with charming small town events such as the annual Apricot Festival. Add to that its highly ranked schools and you have a perfect spot to raise a family.
If you're looking for a community that still has reasonably priced housing in comparison to the rest of SoCal, then Murrieta should be tops on your list. Located in Riverside County, Murrieta is one of the fastest growing cities in the area.
5. Yorba Linda
Centrally located in Orange County, Yorba Linda is known for having an ample trail system that includes miles and miles of outdoor areas for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Yorba Linda also takes pride in its schools and has made an effort to invest a substantial amount of funds into upgrading existing schools and building new ones.
This charming rural city in Riverside County fully embraces small town living which creates a safe and peaceful community where you can raise a family. Pictured here is the Cherry Festival Parade - an annual event that reflects the small-town charm you can expect to find in Beaumont.
7. Loma Linda
With a population of only 21,000, Loma Linda is small enough to feel quaint but large enough to have all the amenities you'd expect in a larger city. Home to Loma Linda University, this city values a solid education.
8. South Pasadena
Although it's only six miles away from Los Angeles, you'd never know it. Tucked away in a historic district surrounded by thousands of green leafy trees in friendly neighborhoods that are perfect for strolling or riding bikes, this might be the most picturesque spot to raise a family. Add to the list a thriving and involved community with highly ranked schools and you have the perfect place to live.
Tons of beautiful parks, a thriving community and endless job opportunities make Irvine a top place to raise your family.
10. Agoura Hills
Agoura Hills is a family-oriented city that invests in its schools and values education. With the nearby Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, it's also a perfect spot for the outdoorsy family who wants access to lots of parks and outdoor recreation.
11. Manhattan Beach
There's no question that Manhattan Beach has some of the top schools in Southern California. Needless to say, housing in Manhattan Beach comes with a hefty price tag so it falls short in the "economical housing" category. In addition to the schools and overall stunning surroundings, Manhattan Beach also offers a charming community experience where family is valued.
12. Lake Forest
Located in Orange County, Lake Forest is known for its stunning surroundings in the Saddleback Valley. With access to tons of outdoor recreation and lots of community events, this is a great spot where the whole family can play outside. Also known for its great schools, Lake Forest is a place where you can feel confident your kids will receive a solid education.
There are so many great places to live in SoCal. Which city is your top pick for the best spot to raise a family? No matter where you live in Southern California, you really can’t go wrong.