If you’re tired of your cramped, overpriced NYC apartment and have started to consider Central Park "the great outdoors," it may be time to consider moving westward to the Golden State. 

It’s not that New York is an awful place to live, it’s just that California is a much, much better place. Thanks to superior views, warmer weather, and a more laid back attitude, Cali has everything that New York lacks. It has a lower cost of living and more space to spread out in—not to mention being able to go toe-to-toe with the rich art and culture scene that Gotham thrives on.

Still, we would't leave New York for just any old place. Here are 10 California cities we’d rather live in than NYC. Pack your bags, it's time to trade in the crowded city streets for some CA sunshine.

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