Population: 92,780Median home value: $366,700 62 Ranks better than 24% of areas
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A+ Carson Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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F Carson Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than California
13333% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carson cost of living
D- Carson Crime Total crime is 1% lower than California
Total crime
2,9307% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 357% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Carson crime
D Carson Employment Household income is 16% higher than California
Median household income
$73,82933% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$25,18316% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%48% higher than the US average
Carson employment
D Carson Housing Home value is 10% lower than California
Median home value
$366,70099% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42250% higher than the US average
Home ownership
75%18% higher than the US average
Carson real estate or Carson rentals
F Carson Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than California
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
30%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:138% higher than the US average
Carson K-12 schools or Carson colleges

Living in Carson, CA

Carson, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 92,780 people. Carson has a population density of 4,955 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Carson identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 32% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Carson, California could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Carson and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Carson, CA receives 61 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #914 in California and #22,026 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Carson has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A+). Unfortunately for Carson, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Carson, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Carson: Home Depot Center, International Printing Museum, and Suave Nightclub.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Carson. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Carson are affordable. Median real estate prices in Carson come in at $366,700, which is 10.4% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Carson, the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 21.9% lower than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Carson area were 7.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9%.

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Compare Carson, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Carson, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Park Estates, Long Beach818.12,646
Alamitos Heights, Long Beach808.52,873
Walteria, Torrance796.18,348
Hollywood Riviera, Torrance797.410,432
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
The Plaza, Long Beach788.621,865
City College Area, Long Beach78710,097
West Torrance, Torrance775.568,889
Los Altos, Long Beach757.913,766

Best Cities Near Carson, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA8525.820,477
Marina del Rey, CA8515.19,782
Hermosa Beach, CA858.619,726
Manhattan Beach, CA849.135,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA842113,324
Hidden Hills, CA8432.51,573
South Pasadena, CA8319.325,936
Newport Beach, CA8323.986,813

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Below Average City

I have been living here since I was born. I'm from the Del Amo area. Dangerous. The core of gangs in Carson. Luckily, I'm good friends with the gang members. Many robberies and crime. The community is small so about every month someone you know will be killed. Other than gang violence the bystanders are nice. Parties here are very fun. Schooling is very bad. Students use drugs on campus, skip class, excessively disrespect the teachers and staff, etc. I recommend sending your child to a different school district if he/she is serious about their education. Even my old private school (kindergarten) was shut down for SEX ACTS. Many parks but usually gang infested. Recommended for people who are seniors as they mostly unharmed.
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Carson, CA: A Little Family Fun For Everyone

Carson is a fairly nice city located south of Los Angeles. There are not a lot of attractions in Carson, but it does offer a large public swimming pool, a few parks and several restaurants and nightlife venues. Suave Nightclub is a popular location and is fairly priced with a good atmosphere, promising a fun evening out.

In Carson, kids will enjoy Go Kart World. With numerous tracks and go-karts to choose from, kids will find this amusement park very exciting. Another fun destination for people of all ages is the International Printing Museum, focusing on the history of printing and machines. One of the best Hawaiian restaurants in this area is called Back Home in Lahaina. Offering live music, deliciously authentic cuisine and a friendly Hawaiian atmosphere, guests are sure to enjoy every second of their visit here.

Carson's job market does not offer very many options, just as many areas in Los Angeles. Neighborhoods are pretty friendly and real estate prices are still affordable for most, making Carson a comfortable place to live. Shopping is also plentiful throughout the city of Carson. The best place to buy seafood is Seafood City Supermarket, offering the best quality fresh seafood.
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Source: The Carson, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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