Population: 54,912Median home value: $174,300 69 Ranks better than 59% of areas
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A+ Hanford Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Hanford Cost of Living Cost of living is 23% lower than California
1077% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Hanford cost of living
D- Hanford Crime Total crime is equal to California
Total crime
2,9457% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 347% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-30%Year over year crime is down
Hanford crime
F Hanford Employment Household income is 20% lower than California
Median household income
$51,2317% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,30022% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%53% higher than the US average
Hanford employment
B Hanford Housing Home value is 57% lower than California
Median home value
$174,3006% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9342% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%14% lower than the US average
Hanford real estate or Hanford rentals
F Hanford Schools HS graduation rate is equal to California
High school grad. rates
80%4% lower than the US average
School test scores
35%29% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:138% higher than the US average
Hanford K-12 schools or Hanford colleges

Living in Hanford, CA

Located in the state of California, Hanford is a moderately-sized city with a population of 54,912 residents. With a population density of 3,247 people per square mile, Hanford is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (76% White). Given that fact, Hanford could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Hanford are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 29% of the population also speak Spanish. Hanford could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 32 years old is below the nation’s average.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Hanford could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. With useful information like amenities, crime, weather, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Hanford and in the areas around Hanford is a much easier task.

Hanford, CA receives 69 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #420 in California and #11,907 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Hanford has received high marks for amenities (A+), weather (B+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that did not score well in Hanford. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (D-), cost of living (D), education (F) and employment (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Hanford, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Hanford has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Hanford 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 Hanford. The median home price for Hanford homes is $174,300, which is 57.4% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Hanford, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 46.9% lower 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 Hanford will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Hanford, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 8.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.1%.

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Hanford, CA69054,912

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Really nice place to live for families!

I have lived in Hanford off and on since 1989. People were really nice and still are generally. There has been an influx of illegals who have taken over the southside completely. But generally they are kind people and very hard working. We are a beef area too. Tons of cows and farms. And trees, lots of them all over the valley.

In May we have a farmers market downtown that runs until around the end of October. We have unique buildings here, one we call "the castle." Years ago it used to house the towns criminals. Legend has it that one was a female who climbed the stairs and hung herself and locals proclaim she haunts the building. People has stated they have seen her, great folklore. Very creepy. Now it is our nightlife. A very nice jazz playing bar is there now.

Downtown still has its older buildings that have been kept very nice. The downtown park is beautiful with its huge fountain in the middle. Across the street we have a 50's ice cream joint that has not changed since the 1050's. And they make their own ice cream there. Its to die for! Superior Ice cream is also sold in our local stores. Maple nut, pineapple sherbet are just a couple of favorites. The also serve really nice lunches there. We also have a Renaissance Faire in September every year. Lots of family things here as well as the Kings Fair, and the race track.

We have a mall that is getting smaller and smaller by year. Most of the time shopping is done in nearby Fresno or Visalia. If you go to Fresno for shopping, do it during the day. There are a zillion great places to eat too. There is also an outlet 30 minutes away in Tulare where you can find all your favorite stores and a great movie theater there.

Homes are far cheaper here than anywhere. The yards are very big, and you can afford a home with a pool here for around $270,000! The schools are great. Pioneer school is one of the best. Its in the west of northern Hanford, and its a charter school, but one of the towns best elementary schools. You will want to live in the northern part of town. But can find some decent home just about anywhere but in the southern part of town. Thats the welfare area of town and where all the gang bang wannabees are.

We have ample shopping, people are very friendly, lots of churches as it is a family oriented town. Within an hours drive you will be in the Sequioa National Park, 2 hours, Pismo Beach, or Monterey. We are centralized for whatever your need is, snow, beach, heat, lakes, forest or shopping you will find it here.

We also have a Jr. College here, College of the Sequioas. Really nice college.

The drawback? It can get upwards to 105 degrees in the summer! Very pleasant falls, and mild winters. We are very seasonal. But there are places to go like the Plundge for a nice swim when its warm, or in your own backyard pool. This is hometown America folks, a really nice place to raise a family that is comfortably affordable.
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