Huntington Beach

Population: 198,724Median home value: $659,700 76 Ranks better than 85% of areas
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A+ Huntington Beach Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Huntington Beach Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% higher than California
Huntington Beach
16969% more expensive than the US average
13838% 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 20% lower than California
Total crime
2,34715% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4315% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%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
58%19% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:146% higher than the US average
Huntington Beach K-12 schools or Huntington Beach colleges

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%.

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Compare Huntington Beach, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Huntington Beach, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Park Estates, Long Beach8111.22,646
Turtle Rock, Irvine8110.910,223
Oak Creek, Irvine8112.811,939
Woodbridge, Irvine8011.525,315
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
University Park, Irvine8010.88,436
West Park, Irvine8010.623,037
Alamitos Heights, Long Beach8010.72,873
Walnut Village, Irvine7912.39,197

Best Cities Near Huntington Beach, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Marina del Rey, CA8534.19,782
Hermosa Beach, CA8526.819,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8427.835,573
San Marino, CA8432.613,324
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Pasadena, CA8332.325,936
Newport Beach, CA83586,813
Laguna Woods, CA8315.716,347
Irvine, CA8213.2246,992

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Too Expensive and Racist

I've lived in Huntington Beach, CA (Orange County) for almost 5 years. I like the suburbs because it's a better alternative to living in LA County (Santa Monica). Orange County is extremely beautiful and stretches for miles and miles with each town or city unique to the next. Aside from the beaches in Huntington Beach I have to say there isn't much else going on in HB. It's an old town that was falling apart and about 3 years ago developers took an interest in HB and built a bunch of brand new sparkling over-priced high rises. There is absolutely no sense of community in HB or neighboring towns. Fountain Valley has a lot more friendly and polite residents. But people in HB do not socialize and many are long time residents or native to Orange County. I do not like the racist atmosphere that is widely shared and accepted in HB. The town is completely against the poor, homeless and minorities. I don't even think the residents realize their views are supremacist Nazi ideology. The residents are very afraid of African Americans with many staring at them as though they have never seen them or like they are aliens. Google Huntington Beach and you'll see how many times they have made the news for being against certain things, push back against the homeless and being sued. The prices of homes are outrageously over priced and many are very old and the rent keeps going up (greedy owners). HB residents are DRAMA and love to call the Police who by the way are equally corrupt. I guess if you can ignore the social issues of HB, are content with racist views then welcome to HB and Orange County; by the way there is very little to do as there is little nightlife and not a lot of restaurants. A visit to HB is acceptable but beware there's a lot of theft as tourists are targeted. But living in CA is probably the dumbest decision you will every make; you will be miserable with the high taxes, high gas prices, outrageous real estate and rental prices that are gouging the renters. #Goodbye.
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I'm not going to brown nose just because I grew up here.

Surfing, sun, yoga, health, shopping, old cars, music, farmers markets, beach days, bicycles, and bare feet.

if any of these apply to you, then you're in the right city. I lived in hb for 12 years and move back here and there because that's where my family still is. the prices of living are god awful, but sometimes you can find a steal right in the heart of where you want to be. Ive noticed over the years the crime has gotten worse, to the points of riots downtown. a lot of out-of -towners just ruin things for everyone else. every year was the HB US open, concerts, surfing, food, fun. and riots broke out and just ruined it to the point i think they banned a lot of events from the open because of it. its a tourist trap during the summer. the beaches are always packed. but locals know the best way to get there is on 2 wheels, not 4. you see everyone on their bikes, all the time, even buying groceries. its sunny all the stinking time, it barely rains in hb, if it does, its not rain, its "drizzle". and it lasts for about 20 minutes. If we do get a good hard rain, its evaporated the next day. the food biz is always changing, tons of new places open and close and open and close, so never a dull moment there. usually the good places stick around, i think i started noticing fro yo places going up like Starbucks. but when you live in HB, you start to get stuck, i feel. you know all the places, people, restaurants. which is fine for some people. but i feel like there's no culture. unless you count surfing as a culture. but its close to LA close to SD, in both directions. its a good middle ground. good place to be a kid. you make friends easily, the schools are great. my moms side of the family went through my high school along with my dads, and us kids. if you head back down beach blvd towards the 405, beware of street racers and speeding people. accidents have been on the rise due to people's stupidity. they keep expanding downtown. i no longer go down there because of the crowds and sucky parking. but the farmers market nights are a lot of fun. i think there's a mall going up now? goodness, it doesn't look how i remember it. but to each it's own. its a good vacay spot for a bit. and an all around ok place to live and raise kids. but you have to have a pretty good income to afford a house out here. even 1 bedroom apartments start at $1200. but you can always find a diamond in the rough if you look hard enough.
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Huntington Beach, CA - Surf City Nights

Huntington Beach, California is one of the most beautiful places on earth due to the fact that it is located on the Pacific coast of the United States. So many people choose Huntington Beach as the place to go to surf the waves of the Pacific Ocean that it has been dubbed "Surf City, USA." Besides having great beaches, Huntington Beach also boasts many great shops and restaurants.

A particularly lively part of town in Hungtington Beach is Main Street. Besides surf shops, Main Street also plays host to many nightclubs and bars. Live music, street acts, farmers' markets, free restaurant samples, sidewalk sales by the trendy shops, and other fun activities make Huntington Beach the place to be in Orange County on Tuesday nights. This promotion is called "Surf City Nights."

Whether it's dining, shopping, surfing, or just good weather that one wants to enjoy, Huntington Beach offers it all. There are not many place in the world that are better places to live. Huntington Beach offers world class restaurants and intense natural beauty, side by side.
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