COSTLY, BUT WORTH IT
Unlike many California Central Valley small towns, Lodi is clean, relatively crime-free, and pleasant. Its downtown has an almost European feel for it and neighborhoods, even the less affluent, are well-preserved. Traffic is minimal and the climate, thanks to gentle off shore breezes drifting in from the Pacific, is much milder and comfortable than, say, that of Modesto, farther down the highways.
Downsides are largely economic. Jobs are few and far between and are low-paid. Coupled with that consideration, the cost of living is around 110% of the national average. My wife and I love Lodi, but, alas, we will be forced to relocate to a much less desirable are of the valley, probably south of Modesto. We will dearly miss Lodi, but we cannot afford to live here in retirement....
WILLIAM | Lodi, CA