Martinez

Population: 37,544Median home value: $462,300 76 Ranks better than 84% of areas
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A+ Martinez Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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F Martinez Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than California
Martinez
15353% more expensive than the US average
California
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Martinez cost of living
A Martinez Crime Total crime is 41% lower than California
Total crime
1,74337% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5837% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-34%Year over year crime is down
Martinez crime
B Martinez Employment Household income is 47% higher than California
Median household income
$93,87470% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$43,40546% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%2% lower than the US average
Martinez employment
C Martinez Housing Home value is 13% higher than California
Median home value
$462,300150% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,55063% higher than the US average
Home ownership
66%4% higher than the US average
Martinez real estate or Martinez rentals
C+ Martinez Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than California
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
52%5% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:123% higher than the US average
Martinez K-12 schools or Martinez colleges

Living in Martinez, CA

Martinez, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 37,544 inhabitants. At 78%, the majority of the Martinez population is White; this is followed by 7% Asian and 3% Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 78% of the population considered married and 62% with kids under the age of 18, Martinez could be considered a very suitable city for families.

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 Martinez, California. Finding the best places to live in Martinez and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing and other important metrics.

Martinez has a livability score of 76/100 and is ranked #182 in California and #4,537 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Martinez could be a great choice! There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Martinez ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B+) and employment (B). Martinez does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be a smart 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., Martinez 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Martinez: John Muir National Historic Site, Bay Area Adventure Tours, and California Magic Dinner Theatre.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 140 crimes per 100,000 residents, Martinez has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Martinez. 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 Martinez are affordable. The median home price for Martinez homes is $462,300, which is 12.9% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Martinez, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 23.4% lower than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Martinez were 3.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.5%.

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Compare Martinez, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Martinez, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crocker Highland, Oakland8214.32,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland8212.65,996
Montclair, Oakland8112.84,011
Forestland, Oakland8011.71,954
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland8012.51,863
Merriwood, Oakland8011.73,273
Glen Highlands, Oakland7912.41,473
Panoramic Hill, Oakland7910.81,751

Best Cities Near Martinez, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA895228
Lafayette, CA857.425,381
Mill Valley, CA8524.114,318
Hillsborough, CA8433.311,312
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Contra Costa Centre, CA8466,190
Belvedere, CA8421.32,017
Tiburon, CA8420.29,170
Piedmont, CA8413.711,201

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I've lived in Martinez for over 20 years and Pleasant Hill for 15 years. What I like about living in historical downtown Martinez are the old custom homes, and the proximity to the water and the weather it brings. I currently live in a house that was built in 1926 on the old Christian Brothers land, which became available after they move to Napa. Regarding the weather, the coolest weather will be experienced North of Highway 4. My current residence is walking distance to downtown, which is less than quarter mile from the Carquinez Straits. This brings nice breezes which helps it cool down when is sunny and warm. During the winter time, it is slightly warmer than the surrounding areas due to the proximity to the water. There is a nice marina with plenty on uncovered berths, and a pier for fishing. There is also a marshland area with walking and biking trails where you can observe plenty of wildlife. There is a large bocce ball field and skate park in the marina as well. Due to the mostly constant Breeze the marina is a great place to fly kites. Amtrak runs through Martinez so there are travel options available. The downtown area is currently thriving, with a new Greek restaurant, bike shop and 3 breweries. There are plenty of other restaurants, a candy shop, beauty shops, a dog park and public swimming pool. Martinez is nestled next to a sizable range of hills with plenty of hiking and biking trails. The current mayor is working towards redeveloping the marina with more businesses in shops, and bringing in a semi-pro baseball team.Being the county seat of Contra Costa, there is a jail, bail bonds, courthouse, and county hospital. After these legal facilities close, the town quiets down substantially. There is also a large oil refinery towards the eastern side which brings plenty of work to the area but may be a turn off to some. Martinez is a mix of blue collar, white collar residences and artists. Currently, homes range between 350k upwards of 4 million dollars. The farther you go south (5-7 miles) the newer the homes are for the most part. There's plenty of horse property and pricey country estates on large lots towards the west hilly side in Martinez. The southwest side of Martinez butts up to affluent Lafayette and middle-class Pleasant Hill. These areas usually have Pleasant Hill School assignments. North of Highway 4, kids will be assigned to the Martinez School District which is rated well and does not except transfer students from less desirable areas as far as I know. Diablo Valley community College in Pleasant Hill is between 1/2 Miles to 8 miles away, depending on which part of Martinez you live in. Downtown Martinez is off the "beaten track" so to say. Given this, it does not experience the crime levels as areas of Concord and Pleasant Hill. Like all cities in this area, there is a homeless population here, but nowhere near the amount as Concord and some areas of Pleasant Hill. Some people still look down on Martinez due to the oil refinery, jail and a history bikers and drugs. They have no idea that this city has changed for the better in the last 30 years. I'm actually okay with that, since it's nice just how it is population and demographic wise, and a nice place to raise a family with a strong sense of community.
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Martinez, CA is a Great Place To Call Home

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I live in Martinez, CA and enjoy making it my home. Martinez is the county seat and is modern and up to date. Yet, it has vineyards and local farms that still produce fresh products. It has a wonderful park by the water and a number of great museums.

Centered around Pacheco Boulevard, the town features a variety of restaurants and artist shops. I love to visit the home of John Muir who lived in Martinez. The Martinez adobe of the ranch owner, Vincente Martinez, still stands and is now a park. Because of its location on the water, Martinez is home to a number of oil refineries that supply fuel for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Martinez has a great family atmosphere centering around yearly festivals and entertainment shows. Shopping centers offer a variety of stores and restaurants to visit. Martinez features a variety of both blue and white-collar jobs. It has some of the lower housing prices in the San Francisco Area. Plus, if you like martinis, a bar owner created the drink in Martinez.
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Source: The Martinez, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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