Livability Awards

D+ California City Amenities Some amenities close to this location
C California City Cost of Living Cost of living is 28% lower than California
California City
1011% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
California City cost of living
F California City Crime Total crime is 11% higher than California
Total crime
3,13121% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3221% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
California City crime
F California City Employment Household income is 24% lower than California
Median household income
$48,77612% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,84933% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
11%145% higher than the US average
California City employment
C+ California City Housing Home value is 77% lower than California
Median home value
$93,00050% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8629% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
California City real estate or California City rentals
F California City Schools HS graduation rate is 9% lower than California
High school grad. rates
73%12% lower than the US average
School test scores
20%60% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:136% higher than the US average
California City K-12 schools

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      Run, don't walk away from this city!

      I agree with the one other reviewer on this website, do not move here! There is a reason for the low rents and lower real estate prices. The element of people who live here is scary and the amount of crime, barking dogs throughout the days and nights, rundown neighborhoods and just the lack of caring by it's city's officials and law enforcement to improve overall condition and safety is staggering. I have lived in some pretty rough places, but people were more considerate and safety wasn't such an issue like it is here. I'm sure there has to be more descent people who live here, I just haven't found any of them. Given the element I have experienced I don't venture out to often and drive out of town for any shopping needs. I am stuck here until I can sell my home without getting dinged in taxes, but a fair warning to those looking for an affordable and safe descent place to live, don't do it! Home ownership in this city comes at far too high a price and an extreme detriment to the quality of your life. Some may find this city tolerable, but is it worth the risk? I found out the hard way, it definitely was not! Stuck here for now but will move as soon as I am able.
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      Worst place I have ever, horrible place to live

      If I could give it negative stars I would. Worst place I have ever lived..we moved away as fast as we could, a year was far too long. The highest crime rate I have ever been in, daily break ins, burglaries, home invasions,'s really bad. High sex offenders, look it's horrible. The most unsafest I have ever felt in my life, and I felt safer in Oakland, bad neighborhoods of LA and San Francisco. People that have lived here for a long time are delusional, and actually defend the place. It comes down to ignorance, lack of education, lack of being outside the area and never living in other areas. No real grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment, no jobs, education, hospitals..basically anything a human needs to survive...I would rather die than live here again... stay as far away from here as possible. I'm not exaggerating..and if you end up moving here, good luck with that.
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      Source: The California City, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).