Altadena 75 Exceptional
Altadena Livability #233 ranked city in California#7,029 ranked city in the USARanks better than 76% of areas
A+ Altadena Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Altadena Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% higher than California
16464% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Altadena cost of living
B Altadena Crime Total crime is 38% lower than California
Total crime
1,61331% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6331% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Altadena crime
B- Altadena Employment Household income is 38% higher than California
Median household income
$88,23659% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$41,67240% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% lower than the US average
Altadena employment
D- Altadena Housing Home value is 52% higher than California
Median home value
$621,400236% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42550% higher than the US average
Home ownership
71%11% higher than the US average
Altadena real estate or Altadena rentals
B Altadena Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than California
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Altadena K-12 schools
A+ Altadena User Ratings There are a total of 3 ratings in Altadena
Overall user rating
94% 3 total ratings
User reviews rating
100% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
88% 2 total surveys
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      Living in Altadena, CA

      Altadena is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 45,001 inhabitants. Altadena has a population density of 5,164 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Altadena identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 20% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Altadena has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 76% of the population is classified as married and 61% have kids.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Altadena is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Altadena and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Altadena to California and the national average.

      Altadena has a livability score of 66/100 and is ranked #583 in California and #15,913 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Altadena has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B), weather (A) and employment (B-). On a less positive note, Altadena does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F), education (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Altadena 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 Altadena is real estate affordability. The median home price for Altadena homes is $621,400, which is 51.8% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Altadena, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7, which is 9.4% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Altadena will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Altadena, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.2%.

      Altadena transportation information

      Average one way commute30min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.2%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.9%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.5%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.0%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.4%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.0%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Altadena, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).