California’s most and least family-friendly cities

WalletHub ranks best California cities based on family life, education, health, affordability and more
  • Folsom, Palo Alto and San Ramon rank in the no. 3 spots as the best for families in California.
  • Oakland, Huntington Park and San Bernardino ranked in the bottom three for families.
  • San Francisco ranked in the no. 179 spot overall but tied for the no. 1 spot for attractions.

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The state of California isn't short on things to do for families: big city attractions, rich history and immense nature are scattered throughout the state. WalletHub recently released a list of the best California cities to raise a family based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment. According to the WalletHub ranking, Folsom is the best city for families in California. With a total score of 75.31, the city's highest categorical ranking was for affordability, sitting in second place behind El Dorado Hills. Folsom ranked no. 25 for socioeconomic environment conditions, as well as a no. 19 for family life and fun and no. 23 for education, health and safety. Palo Alto, San Ramon, Pleasanton and Eastvale rounded out the top five best cities. South Gate in Los Angeles County had the no. 1 ranking for family life and fun, yet ranked no. 206 overall because of considerably low scores for the other three categories. ...