These 5 California Cities Are Some Of The 'Best Weed Cities' In The U.S.

By Rebekah Gonzalez

April 20, 2022

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A new report has determined the best cities for weed in the United States and several California cities made it to the top 10. Real Estate Witch ranked the top 50 "weed cities" in the U.S. based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Google Trends, Price of Weed, DISA Global Solutions, and Yelp.

To determine which places are the ultimate "weed cities", the website looked at criteria like the legality of marijuana, Google searches, the price of weed, and the number of Taco Bells in an area, among other factors. Of course, the No. 1 weed city is Denver, Colorado. Washington and Colorado were the first to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012.

Here are the 5 California cities that made it to the top 10 and a fun weed-related fact about it, according to Real Estate Witch:

  • No. 3: Sacramento
    • "Sacramento has the least expensive weed prices of all 50 cities studied. One ounce of high-quality weed ($212) costs $106 less than the national average ($318)."
  • No. 5: San Jose
    • "Despite being an expensive places to live, San Jose residents spend just 1.6% of their annual income on marijuana, making it the most affordable weed city on our list."
  • No. 7: San Francisco
    • "San Francisco residents spend just 1.7% of their annual income on weed — the second-lowest percentage among all cities studied — so they can work hard and play hard."
  • No. 8: San Diego
    • "With 1.5 head shops per 100,000 residents, San Diego has 92% more shops than the average metro (0.8) on our list."
  • No. 9: Los Angeles
    • "Stoners in the City of Angels will find 3.3 dispensaries per 100,000 residents — about 140% more than the average city studied (1.4)."
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