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A+ Benicia Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Benicia Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than California
15353% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Benicia cost of living
A Benicia Crime Total crime is 40% lower than California
Total crime
1,76236% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5736% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Benicia crime
B Benicia Employment Household income is 36% higher than California
Median household income
$87,01157% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$44,57249% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Benicia employment
D Benicia Housing Home value is 16% higher than California
Median home value
$475,500157% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42951% higher than the US average
Home ownership
68%6% higher than the US average
Benicia real estate or Benicia rentals
B- Benicia Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than California
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
55%11% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:133% higher than the US average
Benicia K-12 schools

Living in Benicia, CA

Benicia is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 27,780 people. According to the most recent Census, 72% of Benicia residents are White, 12% Asian and 6% Black. Benicia is known to be family friendly as more than 76% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 63% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Benicia could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. The best areas in Benicia and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Benicia has a livability score of 76 out of 100 and is ranked #160 in California and #4,047 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, Benicia ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we take a closer look at each of the categories individually, we see that Benicia ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (B+), education (B-) and employment (B). On a less positive note, Benicia does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (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., Benicia 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 Benicia: Benicia State Capitol and Historical Park, Benicia State Recreation Area, and Benicia Historical Museum.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Benicia has a violent crime rate of 99 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Assuming that Benicia meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Benicia. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Benicia are simply unattainable. The median home price for Benicia homes is $475,500, which is 16.2% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Benicia, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.5, which is 14.1% lower than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Benicia area were 5.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 10.7%.

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Downtown With A View, And Close-Knit Community

What Inlove about Benicia is it’s not as an Francisco or Sacramento. It’s a nice small town with a lot to offer, and right of the back I would recommend for any family of any size. It was great growing up here, the school system is great with a number of elementary schools to chose from. I still have fond memories of when I was a kid.

Downtown is great for entertainment or a Lisa sure night on the town. Lots of restaurants, shops and stores to chose from. It it’s right on the waterfront, so there is a ton of views mixed with many historical locals like the Town Hall turned museum, where Benicia was the first capital of California.

Streets are safe, cops do a great job. The only issues I would raise, is I wish growing up their was more diversity. I think I could have benefited from that, but overall I love this small, historical town.
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