With a cost of living that is far below the national average and a lower unemployment rate than most of the state, it's easy to see why 12,000 people call California, Maryland home. The 14.8 square miles that make up California offer affordable homes, with the average price being about $265,000. Nearly 71 percent of the city's households are made up of families with children.
California, Maryland is part of St. Mary's County Public Schools, a district that serves nearly 18,000 students and has a graduation rate of nearly 94 percent, which is well above the nation's average. In addition to 19 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools, the district offers programs for gifted and talented students, special education, adult education and early childhood education. The nearest college is College of Southern Maryland, which is 33 miles away. Many of California's residents work at nearby Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
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