10) Denver, Colorado
The Mile-High City is a long way from the west coast, but Denver’s laid-back vibes and friendly residents will make California transplants feel right at home. Last year 2.7 percent of Californians decided to give Denver a chance and we don’t think they were disappointed. The city is ridiculously scenic with an infinite number of natural attractions in and around it. Those who like to get out in the wild for hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking and general exploring will find Denver is the best place for outdoorsy activities. Real estate is a bit expensive with a median price of $437,500, but it’s still about 50% less than the California median. Denver also offers many employment opportunities thanks to its central location and its proximity to the mineral-rich Rocky Mountains. In 2016, job growth was at 2.6%. The unemployment rate was at a low 2.4%, which is below the national average.
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