Living in Lake County

Lake County is known for a lifestyle unlike any other: relaxed, fun and family-focused. Beautiful rolling hills, gorgeous vineyards and orchards, great schools and the cleanest air in the nation ensure you and your family will enjoy life to the fullest. Add amazing biking, hiking and the largest natural lake in California and you’ll see that there is no better place to live than Lake County. It’s no wonder people visit and never want to leave!

Lake County is located in the heart of Northern California, approximately two hours from the Golden Gate Bridge and the same distance from the Sacramento Valley. Named Lake County in recognition of the beautiful lake in the center of the county, the area has approximately 65,000 residents.

Places to Live

You can find your ideal neighborhood within easy driving distance of Adventist Health Clear Lake, and many medical offices are located within communities that are great places to call home. Cost of living is among the lowest in California and median house prices in the county around $143,000. Whether a mountain retreat, family-friendly neighborhood, bustling downtown spot or lakefront oasis, there is a location for you in Lake County. Learn more about the character of each Lake County community in the Destinations Magazine.

Schools

If you’re relocating to Lake County with a family you’ll have abundant education options. Public schools exist in all communities and are known for their family feel and small classes. Private school options for preschool and K-12 exist in many communities, including non-denominational Christian schools, a Seventh-day Adventist school and Assembly of God school.

Options for college and adult learning exist at Marymount California University, Mendocino College and the Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College.

Climate and Natural Environment

Surrounded by beautiful mountains and capturing the breezes off the lake, Lake County has a Mediterranean temperate climate. Gorgeous seasons, mild winters and plenty of sun make this an ideal place to live. Lake County is an outdoor lover’s dream, with lots of natural diversity and different landscapes to enjoy. Mature trees and wildflowers cover the landscape, while animals, birds and fish are treasured neighbors.

Activities and Recreation

There is lots to do in Lake County! There are activities for many interests and it’s easy to set the pace that you enjoy—from the always-busy to the quiet and serene. Popular activities include wine tasting, fishing, hiking, listening to live music, antiquing, and bird watching. Events happen all year long and range from hometown parades to wine and biking events with a national draw.

Heart of Northern California

There are plenty of activities in Lake County to keep you busy, but if you’re ready to explore, you’ll be in a place that is a perfect home-base for a day or weekend of adventure. Sonoma County, anchored by the large town of Santa Rosa, is a popular destination just to the west. The Napa Valley’s world-class wineries and restaurants are an easy drive away. Continue you a little farther and you have all of the culture, sports and shopping that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. The Pacific Ocean or the Redwoods are just to the west, while Tahoe’s spectacular mountains are to the east.

Learn More

These websites provide a great introduction to life in Lake County and all it has to offer!

California’s Lake County

Lake County Chamber of Commerce