Boulder Creek 73 Excellent
Boulder Creek Livability #154 ranked city in California#4,650 ranked city in the USARanks better than 84% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Boulder Creek

  • Crime

    With a lower than average crime rate per 100,000 people, this area could be considered a very safe place to live. Crime rates are based on both violent and property crimes.

  • Employment

    The combination of higher than average median home income, income per capita and low unemployment rates results in a score that is well above average in the employment category.

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Health & Safety

    A high score in the health and safety category is a result of good air quality and the accessibility to health facilities such as hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacies and fire stations.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive things to say about the proximity of restaurants, grocery stores, parks, public transit, friendliness of neighbors, sense of community and overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Cost Of Living

    Based on the most recent cost of living data, this area is more expensive to live in. You can expect to pay more for everyday goods and services, housing, groceries and utilities.

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What's it like Living in Boulder Creek?

Located in the state of California, Boulder Creek is a small-sized city with a population of 5,305 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 92% of Boulder Creek residents are White, 2% Native Hawaiian and 1% Black. The Boulder Creek population appears to be aging at a faster rate than normal. The median age is currently 48, which is on the high side when compared to most other cities. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal and downright frustrating. Across all of America, the average one way commute time is 26 minutes, unfortunately, living in Boulder Creek offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 41 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Boulder Creek could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. The best areas in Boulder Creek and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, commute, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Boulder Creek has a livability score of 72 out of 100 and is ranked #196 in California and #4,882 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we know that Boulder Creek ranks very well for crime (A-), employment (A+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Boulder Creek. The following was graded with a disappointing score: amenities (F) and cost of living (F).

A healthy real estate market serves as a key economic indicator. It could signify overall local economic strength, stability and reflects consumer confidence in the area. Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Boulder Creek has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Boulder Creek real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Boulder Creek. Median real estate prices in Boulder Creek come in at $607,600, which is 48.4% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Boulder Creek, the home price to income ratio is 5.9, which is 7.8% lower than the California average.

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      Boulder Creek transportation information

      Statistic Boulder Creek California National
      Average one way commute41min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work69.9%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool2.8%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.3%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home22.9%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The Boulder Creek, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).