Castro Valley 74 Excellent
Castro Valley Livability #277 ranked city in California#8,141 ranked city in the USARanks better than 72% of areas
A+ Castro Valley Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Castro Valley Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% higher than California
Castro Valley
16969% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Castro Valley cost of living
B- Castro Valley Crime Total crime is 27% lower than California
Total crime
1,88120% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5420% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Castro Valley crime
B- Castro Valley Employment Household income is 37% higher than California
Median household income
$87,20458% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$40,49236% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% lower than the US average
Castro Valley employment
D+ Castro Valley Housing Home value is 45% higher than California
Median home value
$591,600220% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,45453% higher than the US average
Home ownership
68%6% higher than the US average
Castro Valley real estate or Castro Valley rentals
B+ Castro Valley Schools HS graduation rate is 14% higher than California
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:128% higher than the US average
Castro Valley K-12 schools
A Castro Valley User Ratings There are a total of 14 ratings in Castro Valley
Overall user rating
80% 14 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
82% 13 total surveys
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      Living in Castro Valley, CA

      Located in the state of California, Castro Valley is a mid-sized city with a population of 62,825 people. In Castro Valley, there are 3,787 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Individuals of White (56%) and Asian (26%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Castro Valley. Castro Valley is known to be family friendly as more than 78% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 55% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Castro Valley is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Castro Valley, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and more.

      Castro Valley has a livability score of 73/100 and is ranked #280 in California and #7,573 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Castro Valley has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B-), weather (B+), education (B+) and employment (B-). The bad news for Castro Valley, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Castro Valley, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Castro Valley is real estate affordability. The median home price for Castro Valley homes is $591,600, which is 44.5% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Castro Valley, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.8, which is 6.2% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Castro Valley area were 6.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.9%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Castro Valley transportation information

      StatisticCastro ValleyCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute33min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.7%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit10.2%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.9%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.4%5.4%4.6%

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