Best Places to Live

Huntington Beach , CA

Population: 197,752
LIV
SCORE
610
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Huntington Beach (known as "HB" to locals) is nicknamed “Surf City USA” for its 9.5-mile stretch of beachfront that is ideal for watching world-class surfers catch waves. In fact, Huntington Beach hosts the World Surfing Championships each summer, and the International Surfing Museum is part of the city’s colorful downtown district.

HB’s largest employer is Boeing, which helps keep the economy strong — the median household income here is a comfortable $90,000. Huntington Beach Hospital provides quality healthcare, and the city scored high in education thanks to Golden West College and Huntington Beach Union High School District.

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Huntington Beach , CA Ranking Data

Civic
76
Demographics
58
Economy
53
Education
75
Health
73
Housing
43
Infrastructure
46