2022 Best Places to Retire in California

Niche.com recently ranked hundreds of cities in California based upon which ones are best for retiring adults. Niche uses several factors in their rank calculations including local weather and access to healthcare and entertainment to determine locations that are ideal for retirees. The top two places in California to retire are up North (Del Monte Forest and Larkspur respectively), but did any areas around San Diego or Orange County make the Top 20 list?

#13 Newport Beach

Newport Beach has the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, offering plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and watching the spectacular sunsets. Enjoy community arts like Concerts in the Parks, Shakespeare by the Sea, and a number of public sculptures.

With Mediteranean-like weather, Newport Beach is an ideal place for outdoor lovers to stay active in their golden years.

We have connections with a number of senior care homes in Newport Beach.

Newport Beach
View of Newport Beach by Starboard Creek.

#10 Villa Park

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Fountain and patio at Cheerful Heart Home V.

Live in the country without leaving city limits. Villa Park is almost entirely residential, so there are no busy roads, traffic jams, or red lights. Life is quiet but within minutes of all important amenities. Because there aren’t condos or apartments in Villa Park, all of the senior facilities are Board & Care, residential homes with large yards and outdoor seating.

Many residents of Villa Park enjoy riding bikes.

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#6 Seal Beach

Seal Beach is the northernmost beach town in Orange County. It offers the feel of a small town while keeping close to all the big city amenities. As the name suggests, it is possible to see seals from the pier, as well as dolphins and surfers. Enjoy a sunset stroll along its classic sandy beach.

42% of residents of Seal Beach are over the age of 65.


The city provides free transportation services and food distribution for residents ages 60 and over, which surely helped it reach the top 10 places to retire in California. 

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The pier at Seal Beach by Koen meyssen.

#5 Laguna Woods

Golf course at Laguna Woods Village (courtesy of wikimedia commons).

With a name that combines two relaxing places in nature, Laguna Woods features very low crime and a slow-paced lifestyle. The majority of the city consists of Laguna Woods Village, a private gated retirement community full of activities and amenities. There are over 200 clubs, swimming pools, tennis courts, a golf course, and so much more. For seniors who need more assistance, there are two wonderful assisted living communities that also offer fun classes and activities for residents.

82% of residents of Laguna Woods are over the age of 65.


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#3 Del Mar

Reaching highest on the list in the San Diego area, Del Mar is a quaint seaside village with historic European architecture and gorgeous beaches. No matter where you live in town, you are never more than a few miles from the coast. There is a farmer’s market every Saturday and a racetrack for when you feel like some dolled-up excitement.

The San Diego County Fair is hosted here, and it is also home to the only Tom Fazio-designed golf course in San Diego. Del Mar has warm, dry summers and mild, humid winters and is one of only two places where the Torrey pine, the rarest pine in the United States, occurs naturally.

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Beach in Del Mar (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Golden State is a great place to spend the golden years. Here at Care Placement, we know the best neighborhoods in all of San Diego and Orange County. If you are looking to retire at a care home in southern California, give us a call at (619) 660-8814. We would love to help you find the place that best fits your needs and wants.

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