The ranking was based on “Solid housing markets, relatively stable employment, enviable cost of living and quick commutes make these metros among the country’s most affordable to live.”
It wasn’t until far down the rankings that a California city appeared on the list, as the Modesto metropolitan area ranked in at No. 48 of the list of 100.
Stockton ranked in at No. 59, Bakersfield landed at No. 69, the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura ranked No. 71 and Fresno ranked at No. 78.
Bigger California metros ranked lower down the list, including San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marco (No. 86), San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (No. 90), Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville (No. 91), San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (No. 92), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (No. 96) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (No. 100).
The Best Bang-For-The-Buck-City was Omaha-Council Bluffs, Iowa.
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