Barstow 51 Poor
Barstow Livability #1,279 ranked city in California#27,640 ranked city in the USARanks better than 5% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Barstow Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Barstow Cost of Living Cost of living is 32% lower than California
955% less expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Barstow cost of living
F Barstow Crime Total crime is 94% higher than California
Total crime
5,004113% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 20113% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Barstow crime
F Barstow Employment Household income is 42% lower than California
Median household income
$37,08533% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$16,89743% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%86% higher than the US average
Barstow employment
C+ Barstow Housing Home value is 77% lower than California
Median home value
$96,00048% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$71425% lower than the US average
Home ownership
45%29% lower than the US average
Barstow real estate or Barstow rentals
F Barstow Schools HS graduation rate is 10% lower than California
High school grad. rates
72%14% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Barstow K-12 schools
F Barstow User Ratings There are a total of 18 ratings in Barstow
Overall user rating
27% 18 total ratings
User reviews rating
15% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
31% 16 total surveys
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      Living in Barstow, CA

      Barstow, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 23,438 residents. More than a quarter of the residents of Barstow identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 23% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Barstow tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 29 is far below the national average.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Barstow, California could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. With useful information like weather, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Barstow and in the areas around Barstow is a much easier task.

      With a livability score of 60/100, Barstow is ranked #23,505 in the United States and #1,009 in California. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Barstow may not be a pleasant experience. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Barstow has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (B+). Barstow does not score well for the following: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Barstow on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Tanger Outlet Center, and Skyline Drive-in.

      Assuming that Barstow meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Barstow. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Barstow are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Barstow come in at $96,000, which is 76.5% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Barstow, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 59.4% lower 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 Barstow will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Barstow, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 11.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11%.

      Barstow transportation information

      Average one way commute23min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work69.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool18.8%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.5%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.8%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home2.8%5.4%4.6%

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