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A+ Barstow Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Barstow Cost of Living Cost of living is 31% lower than California
964% less expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Barstow cost of living
F Barstow Crime Total crime is 82% higher than California
Total crime
5,36995% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 1995% 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
29%41% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Barstow K-12 schools or Barstow colleges

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%.

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So Sad to Witness Such Decline

I love Route 66 and I try to ride it every year. I've been visiting Barstow every summer for the past 15 years on my way to Route 66. The town was never wealthy, but it was at least safe, relatively clean, and a good overnight stop. Sadly, this all started to change around year 2012. Barstow Mall closed down, many businesses went out of business, crime increased, and this is no longer a good stop. In July 2018 I stopped in Barstow for gas, and I was harassed by an aggressive homeless guy at he gas station. He was VERY upset that I said "all credit" and I did not have any hard cash for him. I didn't even fill up. I got some gas, and left. I went to Vons grocery store down the street to get some drinks and snacks for the road, and same thing happened. Aggressive beggars, and homeless with mental issues. Sketchy town!
Because of the insane CA "sanctuary state" law, illegals are crawling allover this town and they are not even hiding the fact that they are illegal. You hear more Spanish than English and judging by the tattoos they have, they are gang members. Thank you Democrats ! ! !
Long story short: DO NOT stop in Barstow, and whatever you do, DO NOT move here for any reason! Check any real estate Web site. Property values in Barstow are diving. People try to dump their worthless homes for pennies on a dollar just to get out.
Writing this review is borderline depressing for me because I still remember the days when Barstow was a fairy nice "small town USA" on Route 66. That's in the past now :(
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Think twice, it ain't that nice

Barstow has really gone straight down the tubes. This town once had so much potential. Now it is a section 8, welfare, crime infested pool of poverty. It is very hard to do business in this town(shopping, banking, recreation etc. ) because of the herds of homeless, mentally ill and criminals who roam the streets and parking lots in this town. Just try to go into any business(or what is left of the businesses) in this town and you will be harassed by beggars, nuts, pervos and creeps wanting something from you. Then you have the ooglies and illegals trying to sell you crap like cable subscriptions, and tamales or menudo in the parking lots. The crime is through the roof. Shootings, thefts, break ins, assaults, trespassing, name it...we got it.....and we got it...ALOT. Loads of dope too. These horrible scavengers will walk into a business and just load up with merchandise and run out without paying. Not many good jobs either. There are the bases and railroad and some jobs with the school district and city.....but other than that....not much. So, think twice before moving here......and if you do....I would not live in the city.....most of it is pretty bad. Until these issues are dealt with I see no improvement or positive,long term growth. Who would even want to invest in a business other than the ones aimed at tourists in this horrible, dirty, dangerous, out of control town? Good luck. You are going to need it.
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Source: The Barstow, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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