A view of The Arcata Plaza in Arcata, California.

#14. Arcata

Located near Humboldt Bay, Arcata is largely a college town with Humboldt State University’s student base making up about half of the city’s total population. The Plaza, considered the heart of the community, features a green lawn area surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, stores, bars and live music clubs. Arcata residents have access to great health care at a 78-bed Mad River Community Hospital.

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