These California cities ranked lowest on U.S. News & World Report "best places to live" list

Kristen Walters

Several California cities were ranked at the very bottom of the U.S. News' annual list of the "150 Best Places to Live in the United States." Read on to find out which California cities made up the bottom of the list and why.
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Each year, the popular digital media company U.S. News & World Report analyzes the 150 most populated cities in the US and ranks them in a list from "best to worst" places to live.

Each city on the list is given an overall score, a qualify of life score, and a rating based on value.

While Huntsville, Alabama was crowned "best place to live" in 2022, a number of cities in California did not get such glowing reviews.

Here are the California cities that made up the bottom of the U.S. News & World Report list:

  • Fresno: ranked #141
  • Vallejo & Fairfield: ranked #142
  • Salinas: ranked #144
  • Modesto: ranked #146
  • Bakersfield: ranked #147
  • Visalia: ranked #148
  • Stockton: ranked #149

San Juan, Puerto Rico came in last place on the list with an overall score of 4.9 and a "value" score of 3.7.

The biggest factors in determining these rankings is the high cost of living mixed with high crime rates as well as high unemployment from lack of good job opportunities.

For example, many of the California cities listed above are also some of the most expensive places to live in the US in terms of housing, food, utilities and fuel, but they lack "value" that some of the larger California cities offer to residents in terms of opportunity or education.

You can see the full ranking list here.

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