If there’s one word that best describes California, it’s diversity. The Golden State boasts the kind of economic and cultural diversity that makes it the envy of most other states -- and most other countries.
Naturally, the first things that come to mind when one thinks of California are Hollywood, Disneyland, Silicon Valley, Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park. But residents are more likely to highlight the plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities, the great beaches, and how little effort it takes to find great food, with delectable fresh fruit, inexpensive Mexican fare and In-N-Out Burger among the most appreciated delights.
Of course, California is much more than iconic attractions and the big cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Residents of small towns across the state enjoy many of the same amenities (like lots of sunshine) that city dwellers do, coupled with their own unique added benefits. Using more than 40 data points that range from commute time to population density, we’ve identified the top 5 small towns in California, beginning with a charming seaside town in northern San Diego County.