Rocklin and Mission Viejo make Money's “50 Best Places to Live”

For more than 30 years, the personal finance brand Money has published a list of the best places to live in America. Two California locales have made the list for 2021-2022: Rocklin at no. 45 and Mission Viejo at no. 48 out of 50.

“Rocklin’s population has jumped over 20% in the last decade, and it’s not hard to see why. The Sacramento suburb seemingly has it all: top-rated schools, ample entertainment and recreational opportunities in spades. There are even 20 historical sites — designated by the town’s own Rocklin Historical Society — within its boundaries,” according to Money.

Rocklin has a population of 70,893; a median household income of $104,836; and an unemployment rate of 5.4%.

Money had this to say about Mission Viejo:

“Things are pretty picture-perfect in sunny Mission Viejo — a town of 97,000 just outside of Anaheim. The master-planned community has pristine beaches, top-rated schools and more than four dozen parks across its 18 miles. Even its bathrooms are a wonder. (Seriously — a town park is currently up for best restroom in America thanks to its 540-uses-per-hour capacity, barn-style doors and ‘modern, classy look.’)”

Mission Viejo, population 97,124, has a median household income of $127,558 and an unemployment rate of 6.4%.

Chanhassen, MN is the best city nationwide according to the website. Carmel, IN and Franklin, TN took the no. 2 and no. 3 spots.

In determining the rankings, Money looked at data for cities and towns with populations between 25,000 and 500,000. Learn more about the methodology and see the full rankings here.  

List and data were compiled by Money and do not reflect statistics on all cities.