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Health in California

California has a diverse population and an impressive health care system. The state offers a variety of hospitals, medical facilities, and preventive services for its residents. California is home to some of the best hospitals in the nation including UCLA Medical Center, Stanford Health Care, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Furthermore, the state boasts numerous medical facilities offering specialized medical treatments such as cancer centers, rehabilitation centers, pediatric clinics, and mental health centers. In addition to these services, California provides its citizens with access to preventative programs such as immunizations and regular checkups that are vital in promoting positive health outcomes. With cutting edge technology provided by these hospitals and medical facilities combined with comprehensive preventative services and quality care available statewide; California's healthcare system is a model of excellence for other states to follow.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 205 physicians per 100,000 population in California. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the California area is 92.8 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

92.8 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the California area is 41 (100=best). The US average is 55.

41 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the California area is 93 (100=best). The US average is 87.

93 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in California commutes 28.8 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the California area is 52 (100=best). The US average is 58.

52 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for California    285 Reviews
    ? - 7/28/2022
    California is a great state. What stopped me from giving it 5 stars is the crime, homelessness, high cost of living, traffic, drought, and wildfires. Still a pretty good... Read More

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    Best place on earth. - 6/28/2021
    Born and raised here - been all around the country and world but California is unrivaled for beauty , diversity, food, landscapes, vibrant industries and agriculture and... Read More

    Don’t Come Here Ever - 5/16/2021
    The extreme criminality of people here are smugly dismissive, unempathetic, rude, the cost of living is outright usury and the police and court system do absolutely... Read More

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