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Crescent City Area San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Area
El Centro Area San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Area
Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna Area San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles Area
Fresno Area Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta Area
Hanford-Corcoran Area Santa Cruz-Watsonville Area
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Madera Area Stockton Area
Merced Area Susanville Area
Modesto Area Truckee-Grass Valley Area
Napa Area Ukiah Area
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California Quick Statistics
Population 2007: 37,700,000 – 1st Highest State Population
Largest California Cities (US Rank):
Los Angeles (2) – 3,849,378 Population
San Diego (8) – 1,232,940 Population
San Jose (10) – 929,936 Population
San Francisco (14) – 744,041 Population
Others: Long Beach (34). Fresno (36), Sacramento (37), Oakland (44)

Notable Areas:

San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area, The Bay:
This area consists of 72 Million People. It also has the highest per capital income and median household of any metropolitan area in the entire United States, but also one of the highest cost of living in America. It is also known to be a very liberal area led by Berkeley and San Francisco and its long history of liberalism. San Francisco is also known to have the highest cost of living. Apartment Rental rates are among the highest in the country.

Bay Area - North Bay
The North Bay consists of Marin County, Sonoma County, Napa County and Solano County. Marin County is the wealthiest count in the nation. Santa Rosa is the largest city in the North Bay with a population of over 156,000. This region can be found north of the golden gate bridge.

Bay Area - The Peninsula
Consist of San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and many other cities. This area can be found south of San Francisco and north of the south bay. This area is a huge living area for professionals in Silicon Valley.

Bay Area - East Bay
The Easy Bay consists of Alameda & Contra Costa Counties among others. Some of the notable cities are Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Albany, Richmond, Castro Valley, Newark, Union City, San Leandro Hayward, Pinole, Piedmont, El Cerritos, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Benicia. Also consists of the “Tri-Valley” or Livermore Amador Valley which includes Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon.

Bay Area - South Bay
South Bay is the home of the famous Silicon Valley where many high tech companies reside. It also includes the Santa Clara Valley. The most well known city is San Jose. Other cities include Gilroy (Garlic Capital), Morgan Hill, Cupertino (home of Apple), Milpitas, Sunnyvale (home of Yahoo!), Palo Alto (home of Stanford & Facebook), and Mountain View (Home of Google, Linkedin).


Los Angeles:
Los Angeles is one of the largest cities in the nation also known as the "City of Angels". Home to Hollywood and worldwide entertainment. Los Angeles has numerous neighborhoods. Downtown LA contains international ethnic areas such as Chinatown, Japantown and Koreatown. Along the coast is the beautiful Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade. Beaches are numerous from Newport Beach to Rodondo Beach to Hermosa Beach. LA is known for the rich glitz of high income neighborhoods such as Palos Verdes & Beverely Hills.

Los Angeles is also well known by their individual counties such as Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Gabriel County, San Fernando County.

The 15 Largest Cities in Los Angeles are Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Glendale, Santa Clarita, Pomona, Torrance, Pasadena, Palmdale, Lancaster, El Monte, Inglewood, Downey, West Covina, Norwalk, Burbank.


Orange County:
Orange County is found in Southern California with a population of 3,098.121 (2007). It has the 5th largest county population in the nation despite being the smallest county in Southern California. Orange County holds famous tourist attractions such as Disneyland & Knott’s Berry Farm and the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim & Anaheim Ducks. Notable Cities are Irvine, Anaheim, Laguna Beach, Fullerton, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo, Garden Grove, Buena Park, Brea, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. This county is also known for its high income population and expensive real estate.

Santa Barbara:
Located 90 Miles North of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a popular tourist and resort destination.

Santa Barbara Neighborhoods: The Mesa, The Riviera, Westside, Eastside, Waterfront, State Street, San Roque, Samarkand, Hope Ranch, Noleta

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California Apartment Rental Market Snapshot

Average Apartment Rent in Los Angeles, CA
# of Bedrooms Apt Rent
Studio $1,482
1 Bed $1,847
2 Bed $2,614
3 Bed $4,175

Average Apartment Rent in San Francisco, CA
# of Bedrooms Apt Rent
Studio $1,704
1 Bed $2,238
2 Bed $3,184
3 Bed N/A

Average Apartment Rent in San Jose, CA
# of Bedrooms Apt Rent
Studio $1,211
1 Bed $1,434
2 Bed $1,758
3 Bed $2,211


California Real Estate Market Snapshot

California Real Estate Market
Housing Units (2005): 12,989,254
Households (2000): 11,502,870
Home Ownership Rate (2000): 56.9%
Average CA Home Sales Price
1 Bedrooms - $396K
2 Bedrooms - $454K
3 Bedrooms - $522K
4 Bedrooms - $653K
Average CA Home Sales Price: $315 to $700 per sq/ft

Los Angeles Real Estate Market
Average Los Angeles Home Sales Price
1 Bedrooms - $468K
2 Bedrooms - $591K
3 Bedrooms - $760K
4 Bedrooms - $983K
Average LA Home Sales Price: $602K
Median LA Home Sales Price: $565K
Average Price per Square Feet: $417 per sq/ft

San Diego Real Estate Market
Average San Diego Home Sales Price
1 Bedrooms - $275K
2 Bedrooms - $397K
3 Bedrooms - $507K
4 Bedrooms - $651K
Average SD Home Sales Price: $499K
Median SD Home Sales Price: $430K
Average Price per Square Feet: $340 per sq/ft

San Jose Real Estate Market
Average San Jose Home Sales Price
1 Bedrooms - $406K
2 Bedrooms - $501K
3 Bedrooms - $655K
4 Bedrooms - $768K
Average SJ Home Sales Price: $657K
Median SJ Home Sales Price: $640K
Average Price per Square Feet: $431 per sq/ft

San Francisco Real Estate Market
Average San Francisco Home Sales Price
1 Bedrooms - $594K
2 Bedrooms - $837K
3 Bedrooms - $1,084K
4 Bedrooms - $1,456K
Average SF Home Sales Price: $932K
Average SF Home Median Sales Price: $791K
Average Price per Square Feet: $605 per sq/ft

California Income (2000)
Median Household: $47,493
Median Family: $53,025

Los Angeles Income
Median Household: $36,700
Median Family: $40,000
Per Capita Income: $20,700

San Diego Income
Median Household: $45,750
Median Family: $53,000
Per Capita Income: $23,500

San Jose Income
Median Household: $70,240
Median Family: $74,800
Per Capita Income: $26,700

San Francisco Income
Median Household: $55,200
Median Family: $63,500
Per Capita Income: $34,500

Education:
University of California (UC) System: Considered one of the best public university systems in the world. Most notable are UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCSD.
California State University (CSU) System: The largest university system in the US with over 400,000 students. Notables: Cal State Fullerton, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and San Diego State University.
California Community College System: Largest higher education system in the world with 109 Community Colleges.
Other Notable Private Universities: University of Southern California (USC), Stanford University, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the Claremont Colleges.

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