Fountain Valley, CA

Population: 56,670 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Fountain Valley has a Livability Score of 74/100, which is considered excellent
  • Fountain Valley crime rates are 2% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Fountain Valley is 18% higher than the California average
  • Fountain Valley real estate prices are 53% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Fountain Valley are 37% higher than the California average

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      Welcome to Suburbia
      While not being nearly as pretentious as some of it's neighbors (looking at you Irvine), Fountain Valley is an agreeable city to live in if you must live in Orange County. But, it's all relative right? If you like warm weather year round, very little rain, shopping within a few minutes of your house, schools, hospitals, and strip parks, then maybe you would like it here. It might be a good place to have a family and raise children, if you don't mind raising them in safe, sheltered, middle class comfort. If you prefer all four seasons, forests, fields, wide open spaces, and few neighbors, then you might look outside of the OC. Or, if you prefer the other extreme of urban city living where people don't go poking their noses where they don't belong, every bar is a dive bar, and dreams only happen when you sleep, maybe try Santa Ana.
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      Fountain Valley, California - Nowhere Better!
      I have lived in Fountain Valley, California for the past several years, ever since relocating from another similar community near Chicago. Fountain Valley appealed to me because it shared many similar qualities with where I lived and with many middle-class suburban communities of major cities. In this case Fountain Valley is a comfortable distance from the downtown Los Angeles area, nestled in upper-middle class Orange County. The casual, extremely suburban tight-knit community feel of Fountain Valley provides a nice backdrop to live, work and raise a family.

      The most appealing aspect of Fountain Valley is the ease with which I can reach the greater Los Angeles area. From my front door it's less than an hours drive into the city and all the arts, sports, dining and entertainment that comes from the nation's second-largest metropolis. There has never been a time when I have needed or desired something and not immediately been a short trip away from it. That sense of being in the middle of the action without actually dealing with downtown living is wonderful.

      There is a downside, however. The traffic can be horrendous. Fountain Valley may be a short distance from everything but getting there at certain times is a chore and a headache. There is one major freeway passing through the community, the famed 405 that runs past downtown LA. It's one of the busiest highways in the nation and knowing I must take it anytime I want to head downtown is often a daunting thought.

      Fortunately there is nothing wrong with staying in and around Fountain Valley. The large Miles Square Regional Park offers golf courses, fields, hiking trails and more. Most surface streets in town feature bike lanes as well. Outdoor recreation is exceptional and perfect for enjoying the area's temperate climate. Overall Fountain Valley is a fantastic place to enjoy big city life while still maintaining some distance from the bustle of it.
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      Source: The Fountain Valley, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).