Embracing Central California are the wonders of Yosemite National Park: the massive monolith of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls (the highest in North America) and Tuolumne Meadows. In Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, you'll discover the majesty of the Giant Sequoias, the world’s largest living things. Close by you can trek into the Gold Country and step back to the days of the gold rush, or take a day trip into San Francisco or Los Angeles for the offerings of world-class urban settings. If you love the ocean, it's only two hours away.
Many residents find Central California a refreshing oasis with its favorable cost of living, affordable real estate, and easy access to recreation. Central California boasts the largest percentage of housing affordability in the state. Over 50 to 70% or people can afford to buy a home. The average cost of a house in Central California in 2015 was $218,970 which is close to 50% less than the state average. The cost of living overall ranges from 103 to 117 which pales in comparison to its Southern and Northern California neighbors at 212 to 272.