Dana Point 82 Exceptional
Dana Point Livability #63 ranked city in California#2,436 ranked city in the USARanks better than 91% of areas
A+ Dana Point Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Dana Point Cost of Living Cost of living is 31% higher than California
Dana Point
18383% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Dana Point cost of living
A Dana Point Crime Total crime is 44% lower than California
Total crime
1,43439% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7039% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
Dana Point crime
B Dana Point Employment Household income is 32% higher than California
Median household income
$83,91352% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$54,14082% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%14% lower than the US average
Dana Point employment
D Dana Point Housing Home value is 91% higher than California
Median home value
$780,300322% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,81391% higher than the US average
Home ownership
61%5% lower than the US average
Dana Point real estate or Dana Point rentals
A- Dana Point Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than California
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:112% higher than the US average
Dana Point K-12 schools
A+ Dana Point User Ratings There are a total of 13 ratings in Dana Point
Overall user rating
94% 13 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
95% 12 total surveys
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      Living in Dana Point, CA

      Dana Point, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 34,009 residents. Dana Point has a population density of 5,244 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (84% White). Given that fact, Dana Point could be considered less diverse than other cities. Based on an average age of 49, Dana Point appears to be a city better suited for seniors or retirees as the average age is well above the national average. 82% of the people in Dana Point (over the age of 15) are married and 71% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Dana Point, California. To help you find the best places to live in and around Dana Point, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, weather, housing and more.

      Using data and statistics Dana Point has received a livability score of 74/100. This score is ranked in the 80th percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the scores for each individual category, Dana Point has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (A+) and employment (B). On a more negative note, Dana Point does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Dana Point on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari, Dana Point Harbor, and Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Dana Point gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 188 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      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 Dana Point is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Dana Point come in at $780,300, which is 90.6% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Dana Point, the home price to income ratio is 9.3, which is 45.3% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Dana Point are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Dana Point homes comes in at 4.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6.8%.

      Dana Point transportation information

      StatisticDana PointCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute29min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.7%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home11.5%5.4%4.6%

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