The City of California is located in central Missouri, just west of Jefferson City. California’s population was 4,005 in 2000 and is projected to grow. California is the county seat of Moniteau County, and is home to several unique and prosperous businesses in Missouri.

California is also unique in that it has two distinct downtown areas, each with their own identity and historic character. Named a 2009 DREAM community, California plans to utilize this distinction to revive both of these downtown areas.