Population: 54,490Median home value: $269,000 66 Ranks better than 38% of areas
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A+ Highland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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F Highland Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% lower than California
11818% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Highland cost of living
C+ Highland Crime Total crime is 22% lower than California
Total crime
2,29616% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4416% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Highland crime
F Highland Employment Household income is 16% lower than California
Median household income
$53,5043% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,30725% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%53% higher than the US average
Highland employment
D Highland Housing Home value is 34% lower than California
Median home value
$269,00046% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9692% higher than the US average
Home ownership
64%1% higher than the US average
Highland real estate or Highland rentals
F Highland Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than California
High school grad. rates
74%10% lower than the US average
School test scores
34%32% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
32:1101% higher than the US average
Highland K-12 schools

Living in Highland, CA

Located in the state of California, Highland is a mid-sized city with a population of 54,490 inhabitants. More than a quarter of the residents of Highland identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 34% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Highland tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average. 70% of the people in Highland (over the age of 15) are married and 54% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Highland, California. To help you find the best places to live in and around Highland, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, education, employment and more.

Highland has a livability score of 65 out of 100 and is ranked #689 in California and #18,163 in the USA. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Highland ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A-). Highland does not fare well for the following: cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Highland has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Highland is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Highland come in at $269,000, which is 34.3% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Highland, the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 21.9% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Highland area were 3.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Highland, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Highland, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Victoria, Riverside7415.69,762
Nena, San Bernardino7342,759
Rancho West, San Bernardino718.310,024
Canyon Crest, Riverside7014.616,329
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
University, Riverside6912.418,761
Hudson, San Bernardino697.12,974
Ridgeline, San Bernardino696930
Blair Park, San Bernardino696.31,522

Best Cities Near Highland, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Laguna Woods, CA8346.616,347
Irvine, CA8244.8246,992
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA8240.949,038
Yorba Linda, CA8038.467,362
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North Tustin, CA8041.926,208
Chino Hills, CA7831.577,266
Mission Viejo, CA7844.196,178
Lake Forest, CA7742.380,658

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If you have to live in the East Valley...

East Highland is nice, west Highland is ghetto land.If you have to live in the East Valley, then East Highland may be the best choice. It is less expensive than Redlands and Loma Linda and a way better choice than anywhere in San Bernardino. There isn't anything to do in Highland itself, and the city's amenities for its residents are poor, the few parks are lame, the library is lame.The Redlands school district (East Highland) is well regarded for California, but compared to districts in other parts of the country with comparable housing costs, it is pretty awful. The good private schools are too far away to be practical. If you have kids and want them to be in a great school, the best advice is to move to a different state.Keep in mind that the San Andreas fault runs through/next to Highland, so have a good earthquake plan.
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Our Big Move To Highland, CA

I moved to Highland, CA about six years ago with my husband and three children. I was a little nervous about the big move from Northern New England but once we were settled in everything fell into place very quickly. All of our neighbors were extremely welcoming and the schools have the best curriculum I have seen in a long time. They actually care about what the children learn and take into consideration how a child learns best. If I have to pick out one particular thing about Highland that I love the most it would be the scenery. The palm trees here are gorgeous and the beaches are literally to die for, especially Perris Beach. Even though I say the beaches are my favorite, I have to keep in mine my massive shopping addiction. With over 300 business's in the area, I definitely have a lot of places to spend my money at.

Setting aside my feelings about Highland, CA, I know my kids are more in love with the place than I could ever be. Not only do they actually enjoy going to school, but they even partake in all the kids activities they can possibly handle. Highland has many programs for children, mainly outdoor sports and activities. Usually on the weekends when there is nothing going on for them we either go out to see a movie or go to one of the many restaurants in town. So far I have yet to find one that I have not liked. Every place is very clean and has food that you could never dream of. I have to say it is very different from the way we used to eat up North. I do miss it back home time to time but Highland has become my new home and I wouldn't leave here for anything.
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Source: The Highland, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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