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A+ Ashland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Ashland Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than California
13636% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ashland cost of living
F Ashland Crime Total crime is 34% higher than California
Total crime
3,94843% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2643% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Ashland crime
F Ashland Employment Household income is 26% lower than California
Median household income
$47,43714% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,78734% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%64% higher than the US average
Ashland employment
F Ashland Housing Home value is 18% lower than California
Median home value
$335,00081% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,24231% higher than the US average
Home ownership
31%52% lower than the US average
Ashland real estate or Ashland rentals
F Ashland Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than California
High school grad. rates
75%9% lower than the US average
School test scores
20%59% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Ashland K-12 schools

Living in Ashland, CA

Ashland, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 24,288 inhabitants. With a population density of 13,219 people per square mile, Ashland is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Ashland identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 38% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Ashland residents is 32.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Ashland, California. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Ashland and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Ashland to California and the national average.

The livability score in Ashland is 53 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 4th percentile of all cities across America. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Ashland may not be a pleasant experience. Ashland ranks so poorly that more than 90% of the cities in all of the USA have a higher score. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Ashland has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). There are some categories that Ashland does not rank well for, including: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Ashland, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Assuming that Ashland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Ashland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Ashland are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Ashland come in at $335,000, which is 18.2% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Ashland, the home price to income ratio is 7.1, which is 10.9% higher than the California average.

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Compare Ashland, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Ashland, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mission Valley, Fremont8214.37,452
Crocker Highland, Oakland8210.22,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland8212.15,996
Montclair, Oakland8110.74,011
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Kimber-Gomes, Fremont8113.55,583
Forestland, Oakland8011.21,954
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland8010.31,863
Ardenwood, Fremont809.716,634

Best Cities Near Ashland, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8924.5228
Los Altos, CA8622.530,238
Lafayette, CA8513.625,381
Mill Valley, CA8527.614,318
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hillsborough, CA8416.311,312
Los Gatos, CA8433.130,491
Cupertino, CA8426.260,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8416.46,190

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Ashland Continues to Expand

My family and I have been living in Ashland California for the last 2 years and have watched the area continue to grow and expand its diverse culture throughout the last couple years. There is not a lot of nightlife in Ashland; however, you have a lot of restaurants, shops and other, conveniences that you would find in bigger cities. Ashland has a lot of fast food restaurants, but not a lot of smaller chain unique restaurants to choose from. You have all the main shopping spots such as Wal-Mart and other regional grocery chains that provide ample opportunities for families to purchase the items that they need without traveling too far. One of the best areas in Ashland to live is near the Old Creek Dog Park.

The crime in the city has been an issue but communities have banded together to provide neighborhood watch groups that offset these negative effects. The schools here are decent but there are also opportunities for this to be improved. In the long run, Ashland is a good place to live and through some expansion and improvement of various parts of the city, it can become a great place to live.
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Source: The Ashland, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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