These Are The 10 Cities In California With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in California with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to California for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Golden State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Palos Verdes Estates(Jobs)
  2. Mill Valley(Jobs)
  3. Los Altos(Jobs)
  4. San Marino(Jobs)
  5. La Ca単ada Flintridge
  6. Piedmont(Jobs)
  7. Rancho Santa Margarita(Jobs)
  8. Burlingame(Jobs)
  9. Dublin(Jobs)
  10. Menlo Park(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Palos Verdes Estates takes the cake as the place in California with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in California that have the most robust job force.

Or for more California job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In California With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what California’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 375 places in California.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 375 with one being the “most employed city in California”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,568
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Palos Verdes Estates comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 2.1 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Mill Valley

Mill Valley, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,178
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Mill Valley doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Los Altos

Los Altos, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,762
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Los Altos, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. San Marino

San Marino, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,294
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Following right behind in the number four slot is San Marino. With a population of 13294 residents, San Marino is a solid place to move in California if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. La Ca単ada Flintridge

Source: Google Maps

Population: 20,477
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in La Ca単ada Flintridge. Numbering around 20477 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.2%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Piedmont

Piedmont, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,957
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
The city of Piedmont is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,758
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Rancho Santa Margarita. With a unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Burlingame

Burlingame, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,618
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Coming in at #8, Burlingame has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of California’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Dublin

Dublin, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,694
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Dublin, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Menlo Park

Menlo Park, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,792
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Menlo Park, California. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 375.

Menlo Park’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across California

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in California with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Mendota
  2. California City
  3. Adelanto

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In California

City Rank Unemployment
Palos Verdes Estates 1 2.1%
Mill Valley 2 2.9%
Los Altos 3 4.0%
San Marino 4 4.0%
La Ca単ada Flintridge 5 4.2%
Piedmont 6 4.2%
Rancho Santa Margarita 7 4.3%
Burlingame 8 4.3%
Dublin 9 4.5%
Menlo Park 10 4.5%
Atascadero 11 4.7%
Rancho Palos Verdes 12 4.7%
Palo Alto 13 5.0%
Manhattan Beach 14 5.1%
Monterey 15 5.1%
Livermore 16 5.1%
San Ramon 17 5.1%
Los Gatos 18 5.1%
Campbell 19 5.1%
Pacific Grove 20 5.2%
Saratoga 21 5.3%
Redwood City 22 5.3%
Hercules 23 5.3%
Ripon 24 5.3%
Hermosa Beach 25 5.4%
Orinda 26 5.4%
Arroyo Grande 27 5.5%
Coronado 28 5.5%
Pleasanton 29 5.5%
Cypress 30 5.5%
Scotts Valley 31 5.5%
Solana Beach 32 5.6%
Lafayette 33 5.6%
Poway 34 5.6%
Moraga 35 5.6%
Goleta 36 5.6%
Seal Beach 37 5.7%
Sierra Madre 38 5.7%
San Rafael 39 5.7%
Lake Forest 40 5.7%
Larkspur 41 5.8%
Hillsborough 42 5.9%
Millbrae 43 5.9%
San Clemente 44 6.0%
Pacifica 45 6.0%
Santa Barbara 46 6.0%
Mountain View 47 6.1%
San Marcos 48 6.1%
Capitola 49 6.1%
South El Monte 50 6.1%
Laguna Woods 51 6.1%
Calabasas 52 6.2%
Buena Park 53 6.2%
San Luis Obispo 54 6.2%
Santa Clara 55 6.2%
Davis 56 6.3%
Irvine 57 6.4%
Santa Fe Springs 58 6.4%
Healdsburg 59 6.4%
Newark 60 6.4%
Folsom 61 6.4%
Pinole 62 6.4%
Albany 63 6.4%
Fremont 64 6.4%
Emeryville 65 6.5%
Pleasant Hill 66 6.5%
Cerritos 67 6.5%
San Mateo 68 6.5%
Artesia 69 6.5%
Madera 70 6.5%
Vista 71 6.5%
Walnut Creek 72 6.6%
Danville 73 6.6%
Redondo Beach 74 6.6%
San Bruno 75 6.6%
Novato 76 6.6%
Belmont 77 6.6%
Arcadia 78 6.6%
Aliso Viejo 79 6.6%
Alhambra 80 6.7%
El Segundo 81 6.7%
Newport Beach 82 6.7%
San Carlos 83 6.8%
Encinitas 84 6.8%
Loma Linda 85 6.8%
San Francisco 86 6.8%
Laguna Niguel 87 6.8%
Foster City 88 6.8%
Camarillo 89 6.9%
Laguna Beach 90 6.9%
Yorba Linda 91 6.9%
Morro Bay 92 6.9%
Sunnyvale 93 6.9%
Petaluma 94 6.9%
Walnut 95 7.0%
Cupertino 96 7.0%
Torrance 97 7.0%
Mission Viejo 98 7.1%
Carlsbad 99 7.2%
Roseville 100 7.2%
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