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A+ Fontana Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Fontana Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% lower than California
12222% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fontana cost of living
C+ Fontana Crime Total crime is 29% lower than California
Total crime
2,10123% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4823% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
Fontana crime
D- Fontana Employment Household income is 3% higher than California
Median household income
$65,99519% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$20,26532% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%45% higher than the US average
Fontana employment
C- Fontana Housing Home value is 29% lower than California
Median home value
$289,40057% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,16723% higher than the US average
Home ownership
64%equal to the US average
Fontana real estate
F Fontana Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than California
High school grad. rates
71%15% lower than the US average
School test scores
27%46% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:143% higher than the US average
Fontana K-12 schools or Fontana colleges

Living in Fontana, CA

Located in the state of California, Fontana is a big city with a population of 205,228 people. With a population density of 4,771 people per square mile, Fontana is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Fontana identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 51% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Fontana tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 30 is far below the national average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Fontana might be a good fit as 70% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 43% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Fontana, California could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like crime, weather, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Fontana and in the areas around Fontana is a much easier task.

Fontana has a livability score of 64 out of 100 and is ranked #754 in California and #19,249 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Fontana has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A-). Unfortunately for Fontana, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Fontana, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Fontana: Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, Sierra Lakes Golf Club, and Richard Petty Driving Experience.

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 Fontana is actually affordable. The median home price for Fontana homes is $289,400, which is 29.3% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Fontana, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 31.3% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Fontana area were 6.2% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.4%. 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.

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Compare Fontana, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Fontana, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sycamore Canyon Park, Riverside8314.6244
Hawarden Hills, Riverside7813.12,610
Victoria, Riverside7412.49,762
Nena, San Bernardino7311.42,759
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rancho West, San Bernardino716.810,024
Canyon Crest, Riverside7013.916,329
University, Riverside6911.918,761
Hudson, San Bernardino698.72,974

Best Cities Near Fontana, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Newport Beach, CA8343.186,813
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Irvine, CA8234.6246,992
Aliso Viejo, CA8239.750,219
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Pasqual, CA8236.72,017
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA8233.849,038
Sierra Madre, CA8133.911,067
Arcadia, CA8032.957,755

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City with crime and cheap housing.

Everyone knows that Rialto and Fontana are one in the same. Next door neighbors with a crime spree that goes back to the 1980's. housing is cheap for a reason and the Fontana school district is just horrible. Many transfer to Etiwanda and RC districts. If you want to go shopping and find good eatings, you will end up crossing over to Ontario Mall and Victoria gardens in Rancho. they have tried to develop housing like in Etiwanda up north Fontana, but the crime rate and low income students really hurt these schools in the area. Parents need to step up and contribute. housing above highland is okay, but below that you are taking a huge risk. Keep in mind when you speak to a realtor, they should be giving you the numbers about the schools and test scores in Fontana as well as the crime rate and almost very low employment rate. You can get a starter home for below $350,000 in and around fontana anywhere. Stay away from Rialto and mid to south fontana. FOHI, Miller, Kaiser are not what they used to be, so transferring out if accepted is what many students do. Unless parents have money for private school, then that is an option. At night it is risky to walk around alone or in the parks. So be aware. My sister in law lived in Rialto and many friends over the years lived in fontana, but have moved. Equity is slow in some areas, so choose a community near Etiwanda area. Good luck, but research at best first and check dog barking ordinance also.
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Born and Raised Here

Okay, where do I start?Fontana is a very up and coming town that is in the middle of everything. It can be a little boring sometimes, but the good news is that we are within reasonable driving distance from three different major cities. We've got L.A. an hour away, San Diego two hours away and Las Vegas about three and a half hours away. So if we want to get out of town for a weekend to party, we've got those three cities to choose from. We've also got the pristine Orange County beaches a little over an hour away for those very dry and arid hot summer days. Fontana is a haven for the shopaholics. We've got five strip malls all within 30 mins and under driving distance, the two more popular Ontario Mills mall in Ontario and the trendy Victoria Gardens mall in Rancho Cucamonga as well as the Carousel Mall in San Bernardino, Montclair Plaza in Montclair and the Tyler Mall in Riverside. We're also close to many colleges, but not necessarily a college town. Upland, San Bernardino and Riverside are worth checking out if you're looking for good colleges as well as the Chaffey College's main campus in Rancho Cucamonga. Ontario is a great place if you're just looking for a private trade school. It's got dozens and dozens of them. Notice how I have yet to talk about anything within Fontana's city limits yet? Yeah, that's because there isn't really much going on in the city of Fontana itself. It's the area all around the city and the amenities close by that are everything. Fontana has some really bad areas so I recommend sticking to the 92337 and 92336 zip codes, the safer and much more desirable areas of Fontana. Living in most of the neighborhoods within the 92335 zip code is just looking for trouble, believe me.As for the cost of living in Fontana...It used to be much more affordable but since the town is developing and growing, the cost of living here is also going up every year. If I'm not mistaken, your typical two story 4 bedroom/3 bathroom house will cost you about an average of $400,000 now. That may be pretty pricey, that might not be. It all depends on your budget, but please take into consideration the cost will keep getting higher and higher at an alarming rate so if you are considering moving here, don't think too much about it. It will be a lot easier to get settled here before it becomes just as expensive as L.A. Even the rents have gone up quite a bit lately and it's pretty ridiculous how much you could end up paying for a studio when we're not even that close to L.A.
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Fontana, CA - Live, Work and Play

Fontana, CA has been my home for the last 12 years. I live, work and play in Fontana because despite being a smaller city, it is definitely packed with things to do, see and enjoy.

In the last couple of years, Fontana has seen tremendous growth which has added to the quality of life that the city offers its residents. We have many public parks like the newest addition located in North Fontana which boasts a water park with various pools and water rides, as well as a skate park and basketball courts. The many recreational centers located all over Fontana offer classes and activities ranging from Salsa dancing to cooking classes.

Fontana is also ideally located just a short drive from several amazing shopping experiences like the indoor Ontario Mills Mall or the outdoor shopping attraction that is Victoria Gardens. For a little more excitement I recommend checking out the speedway, during any given race don't be surprised to find a crowd cheering on their favorite driver.

If ever in the Inland Empire or anywhere close, make sure to stop by and visit Fontana, a city I love to live in, and one you will surely want to return to.
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Source: The Fontana, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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