Ukiah is a town of ~15,000 located 120 miles north of San Francisco in a crossroads of the wine country and redwoods. The seat of Mendocino County, it sits as one of the few towns in what is a lush agricultural area.
Ukiah is also an epicenter of progressive politics--well known for its decriminalization of marijuana and the ban of genetically modified organisms. However, there is also a significant conservative population as well.
While Ukiah has been blessed with beauty, with the closure of several logging and industrial company, jobs are often hard to find. At the same time, the wide appeal of Ukiah's small-town charm and the slow but stead sprawl of the Bay Area has made housing prices high for an area of its size and isolation.
Ukiah and nearby Hopland and Mendocino have a great deal to see, and Ukiah's festiveness make it a great place to live--if you don't mind a pay cut and leaving the conveniences of the city behind.