Carson 64 Below average
Carson Livability #733 ranked city in California#19,017 ranked city in the USARanks better than 35% of areas
A+ Carson Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Carson Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than California
13535% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carson cost of living
D Carson Crime Total crime is 3% higher than California
Total crime
2,66614% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3814% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is up
Carson crime
D Carson Employment Household income is 16% higher than California
Median household income
$73,82933% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$25,18316% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%48% higher than the US average
Carson employment
D Carson Housing Home value is 10% lower than California
Median home value
$366,70099% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42250% higher than the US average
Home ownership
75%18% higher than the US average
Carson real estate or Carson rentals
F Carson Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than California
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:138% higher than the US average
Carson K-12 schools
A- Carson User Ratings There are a total of 11 ratings in Carson
Overall user rating
78% 11 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
88% 9 total surveys
all Carson poll results

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      Living in Carson, CA

      Carson, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 92,780 people. Carson has a population density of 4,955 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Carson identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 32% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Carson, California could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Carson and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      Carson, CA receives 61 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #914 in California and #22,026 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Carson has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A+). Unfortunately for Carson, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (D).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Carson, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Carson: Home Depot Center, International Printing Museum, and Suave Nightclub.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Carson. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Carson are affordable. Median real estate prices in Carson come in at $366,700, which is 10.4% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Carson, the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 21.9% 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 Carson area were 7.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9%.

      Carson transportation information

      Average one way commute27min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work80.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.5%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.4%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home2.5%5.4%4.6%

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