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.
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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.
Like the rest of the state, California, Maryland sees all four seasons. January temperatures are typically between the high 20s and mid-40s, and July sees cool nights and hot days, often climbing near 90 degrees. Many of the area's residents enjoy spending time at one of two nearby parks. Myrtle Point Park offers 192 acres of hiking, beaches and picnic areas with grills, and St. Andrews Estates Park provides a playground, pavilions, and courts for baseball, basketball and soccer. Both parks are dog-friendly. Moviegoers enjoy visiting R/C Theatres, which features 12 screens, plush rocking chairs and a game room for between movies. During the fall months, nearby Bowles Farm offers plenty of pumpkins to pick, a petting zoo, wagon rides and corn and hay mazes. Situated along Maryland Highway 235, California also provides easy access to plenty of shopping centers. If you have been looking for an affordable place to raise a family, California, Maryland could be what you need. Begin by browsing our currently available homes.