Downey 69 Average
Downey Livability #481 ranked city in California#13,437 ranked city in the USARanks better than 54% of areas
A+ Downey Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Downey Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than California
14444% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Downey cost of living
B- Downey Crime Total crime is 14% lower than California
Total crime
2,2106% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 466% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%Year over year crime is down
Downey crime
C- Downey Employment Household income is 2% higher than California
Median household income
$65,33218% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$24,38818% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%4% lower than the US average
Downey employment
C Downey Housing Home value is 10% higher than California
Median home value
$449,900144% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,27634% higher than the US average
Home ownership
49%22% lower than the US average
Downey real estate or Downey rentals
F Downey Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than California
High school grad. rates
74%11% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Downey K-12 schools
A Downey User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in Downey
Overall user rating
81% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
75% 8 total surveys
all Downey poll results

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      Living in Downey, CA

      Downey, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 113,223 residents. With a population density of 9,125 people per square mile, Downey is well above the nation's average density level. According to the most recent Census, 66% of Downey residents are White, 7% Asian and 4% Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Downey are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 61% of the population also speak Spanish.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Downey 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 Downey, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, education and more.

      Using data and statistics Downey has received a livability score of 69/100. This score is ranked in the 59th percentile when compared to all other cities. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Downey scores well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). There are some categories that Downey ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and education (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Downey 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 interesting things to do and attractions include: Kandy Kays of California, Downey Museum of Art, and Downey History Center.

      Assuming that Downey meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Downey. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Downey are simply unattainable. The median home price for Downey homes is $449,900, which is 9.9% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Downey, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.9, which is 7.8% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Downey will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Downey, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.3%.

      Downey transportation information

      Average one way commute30min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.9%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home3.4%5.4%4.6%

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