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2. Orinda, CA

Population: 17,932

Located outside of Oakland, this Northern California suburb has a tiny crime rate and a high percentage of owner-occupied units (92%). The town is home to a bevy of artsy activities that draw residents by the thousands including the Orinda Film Festival and the annual Shakespeare Festival. The town hosts a day-long July Fourth event every year that kicks off with a pancake breakfast. Neighbors also organize events like pumpkin-carving contests and wine-and-cheese parties, according to Nextdoor.

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