A+ Gardena Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Gardena Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than California
13333% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Gardena cost of living
F Gardena Crime Total crime is 4% lower than California
Total crime
2,7015% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 385% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Gardena crime
D Gardena Employment Household income is 21% lower than California
Median household income
$50,1379% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,11519% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
Gardena employment
D Gardena Housing Home value is 9% lower than California
Median home value
$372,500102% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,18024% higher than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Gardena real estate or Gardena rentals
F Gardena Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than California
High school grad. rates
80%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
29%41% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:117% higher than the US average
Gardena K-12 schools or Gardena colleges

Living in Gardena, CA

Gardena, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 59,898 inhabitants. In Gardena, there are 10,276 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Gardena identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 31% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Living in Gardena can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Gardena and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Using data and statistics Gardena has received a livability score of 62 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 26th percentile when compared to all other cities. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Gardena ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A). On a less positive note, Gardena does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Gardena has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: K1 Speed Torrance, Grand Canyon, Sunset Sunrise Day Tour - Tsubasa Travel Service, and Normandie Casino.

Gardena real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Gardena. The median home price for Gardena homes is $372,500, which is 9% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Gardena, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.4, which is 15.6% higher 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 Gardena area were 4.6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9.9%.

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      Shoppers Paradise

      Area Vibes often gives high scores for shopping in cities with lots of 7-11s. Gardena is a true shoppers paradise has a lots of quality stores. South Bay Galleria (mall) is fifteen minutes away and so is Mitsuwa (Japaense grocery store). Carson Mall and the Torrance Swap Meet (Roadium) is also fifteen minutes away. However, less then ten minutes away we have three more Japanese grocery stores, Gardena Supermarket (large Hispanic grocery store), and 99 Ranch (large Chinese grocery store). Also less than ten minutes away is Target, Walmart, Kmart, Vons, Albertson, and Ralphs. There are three 99 cent stores less than ten minutes away with one being a Japanese 99 cent store Daiso. Restaurants are excellent and are all less than ten minutes away including, Mexican, American, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and several good places to get steak and prime rib. The only thing that is lacking a decent Chinese dim sum place. Mostly Chinese take out with one or two Chinese "restaurants". I catch the bus to work and the park and ride has plenty of parking that is free. This is not a bar town or a dance club city. The high school sucks and there is lots of crime. It's a very livable city even family friendly, but if I had kids, I would apply to have my kids transferred to the Torrance School District which is very close by.
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      Gardena, CA - Close to Los Angeles

      I grew up in Gardena, California. I guess I would have to say that after college I never came back to area unless to visit. When I think of the community of Gardena, I think of lots and lots of people and traffic. It really doesn't leave a very inviting picture. I guess you could say it is almost an international area with lots of different ethnic groups coming together.

      It does have great weather though and the housing is a little more reasonable then most areas in Southern California. There is lots of shopping close by and several attractions if you enjoy amusement parks. Of course Los Angeles is close by, but most people stay in the area.

      The Southern California beaches are some of the best and I got to spend a lot of time sailing and boating at Seal beach which is very close. I am glad I got to grow up in this area and spend time in the Southern California area, but now that I am living in another state in a rural community, I have to say, I would not like to go back to this area. Of course every community has its good and bad points and most people who live in this area love it. It really is just a matter of personal choice.
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      Source: The Gardena, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).