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A+ Compton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Compton Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% lower than California
11919% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Compton cost of living
F Compton Crime Total crime is 30% higher than California
Total crime
3,83439% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2739% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
12%Year over year crime is up
Compton crime
F Compton Employment Household income is 29% lower than California
Median household income
$45,40618% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$14,82050% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%83% higher than the US average
Compton employment
F Compton Housing Home value is 35% lower than California
Median home value
$264,30043% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,11017% higher than the US average
Home ownership
54%14% lower than the US average
Compton real estate or Compton rentals
F Compton Schools HS graduation rate is 26% lower than California
High school grad. rates
59%29% lower than the US average
School test scores
19%60% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:139% higher than the US average
Compton K-12 schools or Compton colleges

Living in Compton, CA

Located in the state of California, Compton is a medium-sized city with a population of 97,740 people. With a population density of 9,746 people per square mile, Compton is well above the nation's average density level. Compton is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (37%) and Black or African American (31%). Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Compton are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 61% of the population also speak Spanish. With an average age of 30 years old, Compton could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Compton could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Compton, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, education, employment, housing and more.

Compton has a livability score of 55/100 and is ranked #1,298 in California and #27,302 in the USA. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Compton may not be a pleasant experience. In fact, Compton actually ranks among the lowest 10 percentile of cities across the nation. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Compton has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A). Compton does not fare well for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

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

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Compton is actually affordable. The median home price for Compton homes is $264,300, which is 35.4% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Compton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.8, which is 9.4% 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 Compton area were 6.5% and 5 year appreciation rates were 10.9%.

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Compare Compton, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Compton, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Park Estates, Long Beach819.62,646
Alamitos Heights, Long Beach8010.12,873
Walteria, Torrance799.58,348
Hollywood Riviera, Torrance7910.210,432
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
The Plaza, Long Beach789.121,865
City College Area, Long Beach787.610,097
Westwood, Los Angeles771755,285
West Torrance, Torrance778.268,889

Best Cities Near Compton, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA8521.920,477
Marina del Rey, CA8514.29,782
Hermosa Beach, CA859.919,726
Manhattan Beach, CA849.735,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA8417.113,324
Hidden Hills, CA84311,573
South Pasadena, CA8315.425,936
Newport Beach, CA8325.686,813

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Compton, CA - Not As Wild As It Used To Be

When people hear Compton mentioned, most immediately think of shootings and crime. Before the mid 1990s, Compton was not safe for anyone. Since that time, the city has been desperately trying to shed that negative image. While Compton is still in high crime ranking, most of the crimes are gang-related, rarely targeted at anyone who is not affiliated with a gang. Nerves are still raw and the community is still fairly suspicious and unfriendly. I have traveled there several times and have never heard a single gunshot, though.

While this city of Compton is definitely one of the top ten worst cities in the country to live, there are several safe and fun places to visit in Compton. Crystal Park Casino Hotel gives tourists a fun place to play blackjack or slot machines and stay if they like. The rooms are clean and pretty decent. The Par 3 golf course is a great place to take a few swings. Near the courthouse is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Shopping is limited in Compton. Restaurants are plentiful, though, one of the best being Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken. This restaurant offers scrumptious food for a great price.
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Source: The Compton, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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