Top Ten Most Overrated Cities In California

Vote for a city in California you think is overrated.

The Top Ten

1 Los Angeles

How plastic do some cities get the population is mostly stuck up celebs rednecks surfers woman who need makeup to look human gang members criminals hobos and people who hate their life - Jaeden29

I live in LA. Trust me, the people are more overrated than the city - mr_crossover27

The homeless I've encountered here are actually picky about what you give to them.

Nice weather, inflated prices and limited spaces which amounts to stressed-out people.
On one side are the majority of people that are paranoid about becoming crime victims... and on the other side are the rest that hold little or zero regard for the police or the prison system.

Nothing will stem the tide of new transplants to L.A. But once you become a resident, the high cost of living here in comparison to other parts of the country along with how rampant crime is should be food for thought.

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2 San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

When I first heard the name Golden Gate Bridge I imagined it being made out of gold. When I saw a red bridge instead of a gold one I was disappointed but it was still an amazing city with so so much scenery. The reason it ranks third is it's always talked about don't get me wrong this place rules but it is popular - Jaeden29

This city sucks. I live in the bay area and it is way too expensive, the city is way too crowded, I've seen really disgusting things like homeless people pissing on the streets. I've seen drug dealings in broad daylight in the Tenderloin. I've been harassed by homeless and drug addicts. There are some really cool things in the city such as great restaurants and legendary concert venues but this city is not what people make it out to be. I prefer Downtown Oakland and Berkeley over SF any day.

Full of hipsters and people working jobs they aren't qualified for. They love to claim they aren't shallow but they really are just as much as LA and other cities. - Electricbassguy

So dirty. Too bad I have to live close by. I hate when I have to go there.

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3 San Diego San Diego

Okay so San Diego is nowhere near as overrated as Los Angeles and San Francisco are, but people that move here have high expectations about what to expect in SD that make them disappointed. Wages in San Diego are some of the lowest of any major city in America while cost of living is also one of the highest, it's not a good city for nightlife as almost every bar closes around midnight, there is a lack of culture compared to other cities like Atlanta and Boston, and public transportation in San Diego is even more inaccessible than in LA with the same degree of awfulness of car traffic. While you may enjoy going to the beach and going on hikes, it gets boring fast, and the pace is waayy too slow for a major city. It's

Compared to cities of similar size, San Diego has very little to no culture, it's incredibly materialistic an superficial, and people there judge you based on what clothes you wear without even talking to you. It's a great place to retire and if you're a professional, but not so great if you're in your 20's and want a middle class lifestyle.

Yes! San Diego is sooo overrated! Literally there's nothing to do here that doesn't get old like SUPER quickly! SeaWorld gets old after only a moderate number of visits, plus there is also little concert and nightlife here that is interesting. Plus the job market is absolutely horrendous, especially for a city this expensive and a city this size! Only about two years of college left and then I am out of here! Thank you! Hopefully I will leave to a city like New York or Chicago that gets all four seasons and there is always something to do there that doesn't get old quickly and doesn't have stuck up people! Ug!

Looks like the people who want to stay up all night and get drunk in bars don't like it in San Diego. True the cost of living is high, but if you get bored here, its because you are too lazy to get your b*tt up off the couch.

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4 San Jose
5 Santa Monica
6 Beverly Hills

Overpriced, ugly, congested, and with very nasty, racist, and predatory cops

7 San Bernardino
8 Del Mar

Unless you make $200,000+ a year, drive a mercedes benz, have a hot wife, and wear designer clothes, you will not fit in here whatsoever.

A total hellhole, whatever you do, don't move here!

People are stuck up bitches in del mar

9 Sacramento

Sacramento tends to overrate itself by persistently comparing itself to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. None of those areas are even remotely similar. And then there is the covert denial of crime, blaming the causes on some other place. Being the Capitol of the most popular U.S. state only amplifies these inadequacies. - TravelWest

It's the Capitol of California. That's it what is so special about that place. - Jaeden29

Sacramento isn't overrated just because it's the capital!

10 Oakland

Crime-ridden, ugly, trust-funded hipster dystopia with a less impressive urban core than Toledo or Buffalo. Oakland is basically a Rust Belt city transplanted to the West Coast, but with ten times the cost-of-living, none of the sense of community, far more hate-filled/anti-social people, and a ridiculous housing bubble. Its insecurity with San Francisco is also embarrassingly provincial and small town. San Francisco is a global, world class city of opportunity in every way (with the business culture, tourism, nightlife, and cosmopolitan population to back it up). Oakland clearly is not, but it's almost just as expensive as SF. If you want hipsters, just go to Portland. It's a much more impressive city with higher quality of life for a fraction of the cost.

Grey, ugly, ran down city, with no infrastructure, terrible roads and poor public transportation, all that at ridiculously inflated prices.

Overrated craphole!

The Contenders

11 Anaheim

Residents of surrounding areas and of Anaheim itself refer to it as "Ana-Crime."

To much people and house price is extremely expensive you have yo make over 60000 a year to just live ordinary

Why Isn't this number one

12 Fresno
13 Long Beach
14 Orange
15 Huntington Beach

I know this family that is obsessed with it because they lived there for two years.

Huntington Beach: Undisputed. From burning down buildings to keep African-Americans away from the beach to naming a barrio the Slater Slums just because Mexicans lived there to its many skinheads, bros, and hos, to rejecting the parade float of living civil rights icon Sylvia Mendez to its idiot congressman, Dana Rohrabacher (R-Taliban) and Barbara Coe, HB is just bad news overall.

16 Salinas
17 Santa Cruz
18 Bakersfield
19 Bishop
20 Malibu

I live in a huge beach house in Malibu, California. It's pretty and all, but after as while it gets really hot and your fell like your turning into a burning French Fry.

21 Cayucos
22 Culver City

Many of the big "Hollywood" studios actually did and still do most of their filming there.

23 Redding
24 Twain Harte
25 Palo Alto

Overrated hippie hellhole. People are judgmental and accepting all at once. They think their city is vastly superior to surrounding locales. There is even a board game, PaloAltoOpoly. The city has like 80,000 people and they made their own board game... - Electricbassguy

26 Gridley
27 Weed

The name says it all

28 Julian
29 Lawndale
30 Temecula
31 Blythe
32 El Cajon
33 Red Bluff
34 Coronado
35 Eureka
36 San Luis Obispo

Santa barbara is better.

37 Rancho Cucamonga
38 Imperial Beach
39 Trinidad
40 Angels Camp
41 Vacaville
42 Chester
43 Pacoima
44 Tiburon

Lars ulrich lives there!

45 Chula Vista
46 Glendale

The predominant nationality there is even racist against their own kind. Speakers of different Armenian dialects exhibit potent disdain for one another (which is ironic as the other ethnicities of this city - Koreans and Mexicans - dislike them in general). Also, it's quite normal for Armenian males to stare intensely at strangers. You can imagine how complicated that can end up. Most curious of all, some of them avoid using deodorant for some reason. The city is rotten to the core. Referenced by the FBI as the fraud capital of the West Coast.

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