Anaheim, Irvine and Fullerton are Top OC Cities on List of 100 Best Places to Live in U.S.

Categories: News Roundups

It was the city of Costa Mesa that alerted me to the fact that it had been named one of the top 100 places to live in the United States, but it was not until checking the list that I discovered the former Greater Goat Hill wound up at No. 99.

That put Costa Mesa behind Anaheim (28), Irvine (36), Fullerton (48), Santa Ana (93) and Orange (94) on's national rankings.

At least Costa Mesa, if not the Dodgers, can say they beat St. Louis, which finished at No. 100.

Palo Alto was No. 1.

The Orange County cities that made the list shared many of the same point-scoring attributes, including "Mostly Younger," "Mostly Singles," "Mild Summer," "Green City," "Close to Major Airport," "Nearby College/University" and "Close to Major Sports Team."

Anahiem, Irvine and Santa Ana each got credit for being a "Bigger City," which the others scored nods for each being a "Smaller City."

All but Costa Mesa was cited for being "Mostly Homeowners"; Costa Mesa was the only in OC to be noted for "Mostly Renters."

Anaheim, Fullerton, Santa Ana and Orange were singled out for having "Lots of Families," with Santa Ana also getting credit for being a "Diverse City." The same could be said for Irvine, although it instead got a nod for being a "Growing City."

Despite such heavy (heady?) competition in O to the C, Costa Mesa city leaders expressed pride in making the top 100.

"We are honored but not surprised to make the list," Mayor Jim Righeimer says in a release. "Those of us who call Costa Mesa our home already know that it's one of the finest places to live in America. It's good to see others recognizing what we experience each day."

See the full list here:

Email: Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

I flatly reject this list in its entirety... Berkeley #3 its proximity to Oakland alone makes that laughable... Ann Arbor Michigan #13???? ITS IN MICHIGAN!  Tampa FL #19 while Pasadena and Alhambra are 20 and 21? Have these people ever been to Tampa? Torrance ranked higher than Irvine?  Tempe AZ ranked higher than Santa Monica? Freemont CA (Basically a giant parking lot in the bay area) Ranked higher than SLO?


18usc241 topcommenter

When your engineering career as an Hispanic American man depends on not crossing paths with racist sociopaths masquerading as police Chiefs and Sheriffs in the general Anaheim / Garden Grove vicinity - and when you notice that not only do Anaheim / Garden Grove cops but also Anaheim / Garden Grove fire personnel participate in the criminal harassment of residents in both cities - then you can't help but marvel at the obscenity of Anaheim being on any list such as this.

You wonder why there are no black people in this area? Feel free to ask how it's done.

Now Trending

Anaheim Concert Tickets

From the Vault