Santa Clara is the best city to live in, according to rankings from the Chamber of Commerce. The business organization compared more than 2,500 California cities with populations over 25,000. It looked at factors such as employment, median earnings, housing, poverty, commute times, education, and obesity.
"As part of the fabled Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is the home base for over a dozen top tech companies, including Synaptics and Intel,” the Chamber wrote. “Additionally, Santa Clara University and a number of other universities are within the city’s borders. The combination of thriving industry and an atmosphere of higher learning leads to a high-earning, well-educated populace."
These were the top 10 cities in California, according to the report:
1. Santa Clara
2. Aliso Viejo
3. Santa Barbara
5. South Lake Tahoe
6. Santa Maria
8. El Dorado Hills
10. Mission Viejo
Data is compiled and reported by the Chamber of Commerce. Report does not reflect statistics on all 482 California cities.