Best Places to Retire in Northern California

California is a hot spot for retirement. But settling down on the west coast can come with obstacles – including cost, transportation, and a high maintenance lifestyle. Want to jump over those hurdles? These cities in the north state should be on your radar for best places to retire in California.


If you’re looking for a California coastal lifestyle without the price tag, Eureka is for you. It’s located in Humboldt County on the Northern California coast, and attracts visitors because of it’s scenery and beaches. The historic downtown area offers a popular place for lunch and an afternoon stroll. At first glance, you’ll notice the Victorian style homes and the rich character  of the architecture. Also, the median home price is just over $200,000, making it an affordable retirement destination. Not bad for the largest city between San Francisco and Portland.


Redding is medium-sized city that could be one of the most underrated, but best places to retire in California. (Check out our blog post on why you should move to Redding.) Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen offer scenic backdrops, and the Sacramento River runs through the heart of the city. If you’re looking for an outdoor and active lifestyle, it’s hard to beat. One perk of living in Redding is the regional airport that offers daily flights to San Francisco. Also, it’s located right off of I-5, making it only a two hour’s drive away from Sacramento. Redding is big enough to have everything you need, but small enough to still feel frontier. Most noteworthy – the median home price is under $200,000, making it an affordable place to buy housing and settle down.


Located south of Redding, Chico is a town known for family, culture, and farming. It’s home to Chico State University, which brings the city to life with arts and character. The downtown area offers restaurants, galleries, and live music venues. One of the most popular attractions to locals and out of town guests is the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Another claim to fame for this small town is that NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers grew up there. If you’re looking for entertainment and food options during retirement, consider Chico. The median home price is $250,000, and there’s plenty of suburban neighborhoods to choose from.

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