Huntington Beach 74 Excellent
Huntington Beach Livability #264 ranked city in California#7,795 ranked city in the USARanks better than 73% of areas
A+ Huntington Beach Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Huntington Beach Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% higher than California
Huntington Beach
16868% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Huntington Beach cost of living
B- Huntington Beach Crime Total crime is 14% lower than California
Total crime
2,2096% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 466% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Huntington Beach crime
B Huntington Beach Employment Household income is 34% higher than California
Median household income
$85,31254% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$43,86347% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Huntington Beach employment
D- Huntington Beach Housing Home value is 61% higher than California
Median home value
$659,700257% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,68678% higher than the US average
Home ownership
58%8% lower than the US average
Huntington Beach real estate or Huntington Beach rentals
B+ Huntington Beach Schools HS graduation rate is 14% higher than California
High school grad. rates
91%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:146% higher than the US average
Huntington Beach K-12 schools
A Huntington Beach User Ratings There are a total of 20 ratings in Huntington Beach
Overall user rating
80% 20 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
85% 17 total surveys
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      Living in Huntington Beach, CA

      Huntington Beach is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 198,724 residents. Huntington Beach has a population density of 7,377 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 76%, the majority of the Huntington Beach population is White; this is followed by 11% Asian and 1% Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 76% of the population considered married and 62% with kids under the age of 18, Huntington Beach could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Huntington Beach could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Huntington Beach and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Huntington Beach to California and the national average.

      With a livability score of 76 out of 100, Huntington Beach is ranked #4,329 in the United States and #175 in California. This is a fantastic score, as Huntington Beach ranks well in multiple categories! For each of the livability categories, we know that Huntington Beach ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B+), weather (A+), education (B+) and employment (B). There are some categories that Huntington Beach scores poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and housing (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Huntington Beach, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Huntington Dog Beach, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and Orange County Coast.

      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 Huntington Beach is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Huntington Beach come in at $659,700, which is 61.2% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Huntington Beach, the home price to income ratio is 7.7, which is 20.3% higher than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Huntington Beach were 4.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.5%.

      Huntington Beach transportation information

      StatisticHuntington BeachCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute29min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work80.5%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.9%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.5%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.3%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.3%5.4%4.6%

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