Northern California has some pretty amazing places to live, we all know that to be a fact. However, if you want to get official about it, here’s a list of Northern California communities ranked as the best places to live that factors in the excellence of the public school system, the affordability of the homes, and the growth and prosperity of these towns and cities.

If you draw a line straight through the middle of California, you’ll of course see the Bay Area in the Northern Half. To cater to those of us who live outside of that particular region, this list only includes the Sacramento region and up. If you are interested in a list that includes the Bay, check out NerdWallet, where we drew some facts and information to compile this list.

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Did your city make the list? For more Northern California culture, be sure to check out 11 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To Northern California.

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