3.) Santa Cruz, California
- Population: 65,021
- Median age: 28.9
- Married households: 48%
If you want California, but you need a little more mellow of a vibe than busy Los Angeles, check out this beautiful Northern California surf town. Just make sure you’re pretty liberal – if you’re a staunch Republican who cringes at men with long hair or tattoos, this might not be your town.
The median household income is good, and there is a laid-back, college-town feel. You’re also close to places like Big Sur and San Francisco, so weekend trips are right around the corner.